Drastic Changes Made to Full Tilt Poker’s Gaming Roster

Full TiltIt is not uncommon for an online poker site to offer new games on a regular basis as technology changes or new variants are offered in new and interesting formats. Many times in the online poker industry, we see sites remove certain games that might not be as popular with players and replace those games with different options that might suit the player base more effectively. While this type of move is not surprising, it was very uncharacteristic to see Full Tilt Poker make several changes to the online poker site early last week. A number of games were removed from the website to provide more manageable lobby space.

Beginning at the end of April, the Adrenaline Rush games will be removed from the Full Tilt Poker site. Additional games that have already been removed include:

  • Horse, HA and 7-Game
  • Irish Poker
  • Deep Stack with Antes 6-Card Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Games
  • Cap, Deep Stack and Deep Stack with Antes Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max games
  • New to the Game tables for certain variants
  • Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up
  • Pot Limit Hold’em Heads-Up and 6 Max
  • Full Ring Fixed Limit Hold’em games
  • Cap, Deep stack and deep stack with Ante 6-Max no limit hold’em games
  • Shallow Stack Full Ring No Limit Hold’em games
  • Cap and deep stack heads-up no limit hold’em games

On top of those individual games removed from the site, certain limits of additional games will be removed from game play. Certain games will see limits changed such as the Rush Poker Ring Games of $2/$4 will change to $2.50/$5. Pot Limit Omaha Rush Poker will remove $0.25/$0.50 and $1/$2 games but will add $2.50/$5 Pot Limit Omaha Rush Poker games. all 6 card Omaha, 8-game and 10 game 6 max tables will be changed to 5 max as well as Stud Hi, Stud Hi/Lo and Razz 8 handed games.

On top of all those changes, the Jackpot Sit and Go’s will have their fees increased at the levels of $5 and $50. With the changes, it seems as though Full Tilt is trying to create a more streamlined site by simplifying their game offerings. This could be to make the search process easier for players who only take part in recreational gaming. Players who are professionals or have played for years, know how to find games easily, making the removal of the games a moot point.

Many in the industry were surprised that Full Tilt will be doing away with Adrenaline Rush Poker as the game was fairly popular with the player base. However the game did not offer valuable poker which could have been the downside to the game’s demise. The game offered only raising or folding which would cause some players to move on to other games.

When it comes to nosebleed stakes, these games have been removed as well. Players can hit the $250/$500 tables at Full Tilt with No Limit and Pot Limit Hold’em but the next stake level is $25/$50 a significant drop from the hundreds of dollars of the next level. In the past, Limit Games were offered for $2,000/$4,000 but now that has been changed to $1,000/$2,000 a significant drop as well. After this level, players move down to $50/$100 stakes.

The decision to remove the amount of games plus make the stake changes is a strong one by Full Tilt. One could assume the site is preparing for additional casino gaming as Amaya Gaming, the owner of the site, has stated in the past they see a new direction for the online poker site. It will be interesting to see as time goes on where Full Tilt’s changes lead and how the site fairs with the new changes.