On Wednesday players that live outside the USA were able to take a seat at the Full Tilt Poker play money tables, view their balances, and transfer their funds to PokerStars even though Full Tilt Poker will not fully relaunch until November 6th.
Full Tilt Poker room manager, Shyam Markus posted in the popular Two Plus Two forums that Rest of the World (ROW – players living outside the USA) players could download the game software, along with links to the Deal ME In promotion and Edge rewards scheme that will be available with the full relaunch.
The online poker site looks like it did on the day the doors closed and players were left without access to their accounts - except for the new images of Viktor Blom, Tom Dwan, and Gus Hansen - The Professionals.
New in the cashier is the "Transfer to PokerStars" button that apparently wasn't active when the software went live again but players have reported they have successfully paired their Full Tilt Poker account with their PokerStars account and transfer balances but others have received messages saying the feature will not be active until November 6th. One can almost hear the sigh of relief as accounts are accessed.
Markus stated in the Two Plus Two thread: “the next few days are more of a beta test than anything.” There are new features undergoing testing that include "Add Table" which is an option for heads-up cash games and SNG players that will open new heads-up tables with both players in it to make multi-tabling against the same player easier, and new preferred seat selection along with new ring game auto buy-in options.
Regulated markets like Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, and Spain (not Italy), that will not see Full Tilt Poker operating in their region, have reported they've paired their Full Tilt Poker account with their PokerStars account and are able to withdraw funds. Players in the USA are receiving $0.00 upon logging into their accounts - their Full Tilt Points balances are there and they still must wait for the Department of Justice to handle the repayment of their account.
PokerWorks will have more news as it happens.