The Black Friday domain seizures by the FBI and Department of Justice affected Full Tilt more than any other site, but it could just be coming back to life.
When Lennon and McCartney wrote The Long And Winding Road, they may have had this in mind. Then again, maybe not. This is a sorry saga that has dragged on and on; for the most recent Digital Journal article about Full Tilt, click here. For the background to the seizures, click here and here. For the future - pray!
The latest news, from The Wall Street Journal, no less, sounds cautiously optimistic. A French investment group is said to be close to taking over the reigns, but the comment “We have an oral agreement that is in the process of ...” is reminiscent of Sam Goldwyn's classic “A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.” As things stand, the site remains in limbo, its tables empty, and here and there former Full Tilt players saying nasty things about it.
It remains to be seen if the guys and girls over at PokerStars are bothered at all about what is or is not happening to or at Full Tilt, because the site is featuring a number of special offers, including its regular first deposit bonus, and an invitation to UK players to join a special league. These and more can currently be found here.
Party Poker is continuing to offer a $500 welcome bonus - for those who have the time and energy to clear it, a $5000 Bankroll Booster, and a number of land events which players can qualify for on-line, including one in Las Vegas.
There are also a couple of new kids on the block including Americas Cardroom. If you decide to sign up with any major site except PokerStars, make sure you use an affiliate and get paid to play (rakeback). There are a number of poker affiliates but the biggest and one of the most reputable is RakeTheRake, check them out here.