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Full Tilt's Major Change To Ring Games

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Posted on 17 April 2015 by "T".

As you already might have noticed, Full Tilt made several changes earlier this week in the poker client to make the game lobbies easier to navigate, i.e. to make it easier for new players to find active tables, but also, of course, to generate bigger revenues. These are the games that have or will be removed from the poker client:

•    Adrenaline Rush games (from the end of April)
•    Cap and Deep Stack Heads-Up No 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
•    Pot Limit Hold'em Heads-Up and 6-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 6-Max games
•    Deep Stack with Antes 6-Card Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up games
•    New to the Game tables for certain games (such as No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max)
•    Irish Poker
•    HORSE, HA and 7-Game
•    $2/$4 Rush Poker Ring Games will become $2.50/$5 Rush Poker Ring Games
•    $0.25/$0.50 and $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Rush Poker games will be removed - but, we're adding $2.50/$5 Pot Limit Omaha Rush Poker games, so Pot Limit Omaha will be available at every second stake level
•    6 Card Omaha, 8-Game, and 10-Game 6-Max tables will change to 5-Max
•    Stud Hi, Stud Hi-Low and Razz 8-handed games will all become 5-Max

In addition, many high-stakes games have been removed as well, including no-limit and pot-limit games where the highest stakes now are $250/$500. 

Ever since the drastic change to ring games on Tuesday, poker players from all over the globe have discussed the matter on different forums. The feedback on FT's major changes has been met with some skepticism to say the least.

"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?" AnFiieLd" posted on twoplustwo poker forum.

Another player, "ChuckBass", later added, "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."

Full Tilt manager Shyam Markus told PokerNews that this was not a mistake nor that the changes were expected to be welcomed by everyone.

"Yes, I can confirm it's not a bug. Lots of changes were implemented today, and for sure many won't be popular. We did talk to a good number of players about this change," he told PokerNews. "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)."

source: pokernews 

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6 comments on "Full Tilt''s Major Change To Ring Games"

 Heskor18/04/2015 17:19:42 GMT
yeah it looked like the changes are coming and they will just continue to use full tilt as a test site that is pokerstars and company but still some good features as they will remove those cumbersome screen and all those feature , so good luck if you have to adapt to those new features in the lobby for those that plays on pokerstars . Anyway good luck again hope you have fun at the tables and make a lot of money during the weekend always good to hear mobsters winning!
 pinotte18/04/2015 19:15:51 GMT
I am pretty sure that these changes are not for the best to increase their clients number but will go to a decrease. I dont know what the diection of the site objective is in doing that maybe they just want to send their customers to the big brother PokerStrars. Confused Confused
 luisexy6918/04/2015 22:03:07 GMT
I read on other forum and other pokersite about this thing, and after a few hours some players came public to say what they think about this changes, and one particular player just say that is a strange and not good thing for some players and for catch new players to ther tables.
For me i don't know what is about, because i don't plays cashgames or even on fulltilt, but now is wait and see.
 klash2319/04/2015 13:32:41 GMT
From the sound of it they didn't just make some changes,they totally destroyed the options for a lot of the cash games.It seems strange that they would take away nearly all of the higher stakes in the ring games,to have 1k/2k games but then the next highest is 50/100 sounds crazy.
 shokaku19/04/2015 13:41:53 GMT
If they really want to focus on recreational players, they don't need that many high stakes tables any more. Maybe the real action at the higher stakes should be transferred to Stars, their main site.
 bowie198424/05/2015 13:18:47 GMT
These are stupid. These stakes barely bothered anybody since an insignificant amount of people will play fix limit HU with bets this high but taking away full ring fix limit hold'em without acknowledging that this started the whole 'online poker boom' for many is just ridiculous.
But I don't play on Full$hit so what do I know?

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