Before they lost their gaming license in June of 2011, Full Tilt Poker was one of the most popular sites among Mac players. And on November 6th, 2012, the poker world welcomed FTP back under its new management – the Rationale Group.
While under their new ownership, Full Tilt has seen a number of changes including getting rid of “Red Pros,” signing Viktor Blom, and allowing “rest-of-world” players to access their funds. But what we’re most interested in involves software features that Mac poker players can expect from the newly-launched site. This being said, let’s take an in-depth look at the fairly new Full Tilt Poker Mac software.
Full Tilt Mac Software Features
Mac Download – Just like in the past – when Full Tilt was run by the despised likes of Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Ray Bitar – there’s a downloadable Mac poker software version available. This ensures that Mac grinders won’t miss out on any of the same features PC users get. Assuming you still have the Mac software from Full Tilt’s old site, you merely need to update it this time around.
Rush Poker is Back – 2010 and 2011 saw FTP pioneer their innovative Rush Poker product, which was a huge hit with players. So it’s no surprise that Rush is back again and available for play through the Mac poker software. But it doesn’t look like Full Tilt can rely on Rush to bring them an exclusive client base any longer because other sites are now offering fast Mac poker variants too.
Interesting Tournaments – Rush Poker isn’t exclusive to cash games since FTP also runs Rush tournaments as well. Other intriguing tourneys you can expect to try include Multi-Entry, On-Demand, Second Chance and Triple Chance. The major benefit to these tournament types is that they’re pretty unique in the poker industry.
No Mobile Version – If you’re looking to play at FTP on Apple devices like an iPad or iPhone, we’re sorry to report that you can’t right now. That’s because there’s no mobile option, which is surprising since the old Full Tilt dabbled in the Android market before going offline. Seeing as how the Rational Group’s other site in PokerStars has done quite a bit with mobile poker, you can expect wireless play in the future.
Various Lobby/Table Views – Those who like to see different looks when playing online poker should be pleased with what’s at this site. You’ll be able to choose between three different lobby views and lots of table views.
In-Play Features – Once you jump into the cash games/tournaments at Full Tilt, you’ll have a number of different options such as a bet slider, auto-mucking hands, auto-rebuys/add-ons, auto-running-it-twice and multi-tabling (up to 16 tables). If you’ve ever been relegated to browser-based games as a Mac player, the latter option is nice because browser play doesn’t allow multi-tabling.
PokerStars-to-Full Tilt Transfers – Seeing as how the Rational Group now owns the world’s two largest poker sites, Mac grinders can make cash transfers from one site to the other. What’s nice is that you don’t even have to wait very long before funds move between the sites.
Play Same Player across Multiple Tables – One more interesting feature worth discussing about the Full Tilt Mac software is how grinders can play the same opponent across different tables. To do this, you need to be in heads-up cash or SNG games.
How has Full Tilt Poker fared so far?
For those interested in how the new Full Tilt site has done so far, they initially opened to a very successful launch date. It took just two hours before over 23,000 cash game players were grinding on the site. The next day was pretty good too as FTP hit a peak of over 15,000 players. Since that time, traffic has expectedly cooled off a bit with the current daily peak at 8,400 grinders.
But even though Full Tilt isn’t generating quite as much traffic, it’s still easily the world’s second biggest online poker room behind PokerStars. FTP’s 7-day cash game player average is 5,400, while the iPoker network is third with a 7-day average of 2,750 players. Seeing as how Full Tilt is loaded with software features for both PC and Mac users, you can certainly expect this gap to continue growing over time.