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Major Changes Coming to Full Tilt Ring Games

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Change is in the air! One of the world's biggest and most innovative online poker sites, Full Tilt, is a prime example of ongoing changes that strive to improve productivity and player enhancements! The recent announcement from Full Tilt spotlights changes in ring-game offerings which will make it easier for new players to find the most active tables.

Many of the less popular ring-games will no longer be offered in the Full Tilt lobby as part of the reorganization and those that will be removed are as follows:

  • Adrenaline Rush games (at the end of April)
  • Cap and deep-stack heads-up no-limit hold'em games
  • Cap, deep-stack, and deep-stack-with-antes six-max no-limit hold'em games
  • Shallow-stack full-ring no-limit hold'em games
  • Pot-limit hold'em heads-up and six-max games
  • Full-ring fixed-limit hold'em games
  • Deep-stack pot-limit Omaha heads-up games
  • Cap, deep-stack, and deep-stack-with-antes pot-limit Omaha six-max games
  • Deep-stack-with-antes six-card pot-limit Omaha heads-up games
  • New-to-the-game tables for certain games (such as no-limit Omaha hi/low six-max)
  • Irish poker
  • HORSE, HA and 7-game
  • $0.25/$0.50 and $1/$2 pot-limit Omaha Rush Poker games

Also set to change are the Six-Card Omaha, 8-Game, 10-Game 6-Max, Seven Card Stud Hi, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, and Razz games — they are all moving to a Five-Max structure.

"AnFiieLd"TwoPlusTwo poker forum poster — posted on the site's New Unofficial Full Tilt Feedback Thread that changes not announced in the blog regarding high-stakes ring games might be a glitch or might not be factual:

"Today Full Tilt have made some drastic changes to their offering of games at the higher stakes, or there has been a bug in their most recent software update.

"The highest stake big-bet game is now $250/$500, all ante big-bet games have being removed. The SECOND highest stake big-bet game is now $25/$50, thus removing $50/$100, $75/$150, $100/$200, $200/$400, $300/$600, and $400/$800.

"The limit games have been more seriously affected as there has been a lot of action at the $2,000/$4,000 tables. Their highest offering is now $1,000/$2,000, with the second highest being $50/$100, removing $500/$1,000, $300/$600, $200/$400, and $100/$200.

"These changes seem to be pretty absurd to me, I would say it's more likely its a bug, however, is there anyone from FTP/PokerStars that can comment on this?"

Shyam Markus, Full Tilt manager, offered confirmation of the changes, noting they might not be popular with the players but they were not a mistake: "Yes, I can confirm it's not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won't be popular."

"ChuckBass" added his displeasure about the changes from a six-max to a five-max structure in a post: "ChuckBass" explained, "I am one of the most active regulars in the 6c games. Over time, I've been playing it has been pretty apparent that the majority of players don't like playing short handed.

"Tables run fine [five or six] handed, but as soon as we get down to four or less they break quickly the majority of the time. Now it only takes one person sitting out to start the domino effect. We've seen this already today, there were five full tables of 2.5/5 running and five minutes later just one, each breaking almost immediately after the first sat out. As I've been typing this, the last remaining full table broke one minute after one player sat out.

"Really bizarre changes. I've spoken to two of the three other regulars who have logged the most hands at 2.5/5, and they share my concerns. None of us were consulted about this either, which seems odd. Hopefully, you change it back soon."

Markus' response was that Full Tilt hoped the players would be open-minded and some players were consulted previous to the changes:

"We did talk to a good number of players about this change," he said. "I agree there is some danger here of disrupting a game that was doing quite well (easily the third biggest game we spread after NLH and PLO). The change was mostly to address the feedback that the games could play quite tight because of how strong your hand had to be to win. We're going to give it a try, and if it looks to hurt more than it helps, we'll definitely reevaluate the decision. So give it a shot, and let us know how it plays (and whether or not tables break too quickly/often)."

Increases in the rake structure in the $5 and $50 buy-in Jackpot Sit-And-Gos are also going to change at Full Tilt. The $5 games will now have the same effective six-percent rake the $1 and $2 games have, while the $50 games will now have the same effective five-percent rake that the $10 games have. This change means the chances of playing for more than two times the buy-in with randomly generated prize pools in these three-max hyper-turbo games will be slightly reduced.

"Even with these changes, Full Tilt continues to have the lowest or equal lowest tournament fees of any major operator," and Full Tilt's statements lends to the belief that the games will offer its players great value.

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