Full Tilt Poker, which was almost destroyed following the incidents of April 15, 2011, a day commonly referred to as Black Friday in the online poker gaming world, is on the verge of being resurrected.
On Black Friday, the US federal government cracked down on big online poker rooms such as Absolute Poker, UB Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars, but Full Tilt Poker suffered the most. PokerStars, which now enjoys the status of largest online poker room in the world, has a .co.uk domain and is hardly affected by the crackdown. Ultimate Bet, which was also driven out of the US poker market, is now functioning as UB.Net; but Absolute Poker, another poker room on the Cereus Network, remains closed since its attempts to move to a .eu domain have failed.
The online poker rooms that actually benefited by the federal crackdown on the above-mentioned online poker rooms were Ladbrokes and William Hill, among others, particularly because they do not accept US players. A number of UK players who had accounts at the above-mentioned sites migrated to Ladbrokes and William Hill, increasing their player traffic.
According to the latest news, Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT), the French investment company, will purchase Full Tilt Poker assets for $80 million from the US Department of Justice (DoJ). If the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) issues a gaming license to the new brand, Full Tilt Poker will become functional on March 1, 2012.
Meanwhile, Party Poker is hosting innumerable qualifier satellites, most of them freerolls, to the World Poker Tour (WPT). Every month, Party Poker offers more than $100,000 as freeroll prizes alone, which makes Party Poker a great online poker room for beginners. Besides, Party Poker also offers a bonus of $500 to new players.
PokerStars, which has recently modified its VIP Club, is now a paradise of lucrative offers. The online poker room rewards players with Frequent Player Points (FPP) whenever they play cash poker games or poker tournaments. Players who collect 900 FPPs stand the chance of winning a T-shirt, and players who can play as many as five tables at a time will win generous bonuses.
Players also stand the chance of grabbing some great prizes at Rake the Rake, one of the largest rakeback sites in the world. Players who sign up at PokerStars and Party Poker through Rake the Rake can grab attractive rakebacks along with entries to special tournaments and rake races.