Full Tilt Rogue ReviewBefore the Spring of 2011, Full Tilt Poker was one of the best places for both poker players and affiliates. The affiliate program was one of the most highly touted around and everything seemed to be working out for everyone involved. Once the US Department of Justice seized the domain name of Full Tilt, affiliates were left in the dark and without any money. After some time off, Full Tilt is now coming back to the online poker world under new managementÖthat of Pokerstars. To people who know anything about poker affiliate programs you are probably well aware that PokerStars is one of the most frustrating ones to deal with. It seems as though they will do anything to screw you out of the money you deserve and/or give you terrible payment rates. Now that Full Tilt is back up and running, former affiliates were anxiously awaiting long-overdue checks because the agreement with the Department of Justice in the United States mandated that overdue balances be paid. That is where the good news ends because Full Tilt has explained that they have no intention of paying their affiliates back.
Absent PaymentsBefore Full Tilt was wiped off the map a few years ago, it was one of the best poker sites and affiliate programs around. Players flocked to Full Tilt because it was an awesome alternative to PokerStars and affiliates flocked to them because their terms and conditions were attractive and the affiliate managers which they employed were some of the best. When Full Tilt was seized by the US DOJ in 2011 players and affiliates alike quickly lost all hope that they would ever see the money that was owed to them. Then, the government and the poker giants finally came to an agreement that made these same players and affiliates ecstatic because the news was that they will be paid back (or at least thatís what the news seemed to be). Up until very recently that belief still held strong, but it all changed for the worse very recently. At first rumors surfaced that affiliates still may not be paid what was owed to them and then these rumors were confirmed in a recently received email that read like this:
As you may be aware, The Rational Group, which operates PokerStars, obtained certain assets of Full Tilt Poker as part of a settlement reached with the US Department of Justice Southern District of New York.
Under the settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, The Rational Groupcommitted to make available for withdrawal the online poker account balances of all non-US players of Full Tilt Poker. FullTiltPoker.com will launch on November 6, and from this date forward non-US players will be able to withdraw their balances, which relate to previous player activity on the site. These funds will be made available for withdrawal out of the Rational Groupís own resources through funds which will be transferred by the Rational Group into segregated bank accounts.
Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Group did not assume any liabilities of the previous Full Tilt Poker companies and therefore previous contractual a greements that Full Tilt Poker may have had with affiliates were excluded. As such, The Rational Group is not liable and will not pay for any affiliate earnings which may have been due to you under your agreement with any former Full Tilt Poker company.
For those accounts where player funds are comingled with funds derived from your affiliate earnings, The Rational Group will only be making the portion of the funds relating to your previous player activity available for withdrawal.
Separately, as we are working around the clock to get the new FullTiltPoker.com site up-and-running by November 6, we are unable to offer an affiliate program fro Full Tilt Poker at this time. We do intend to launch a new affiliate program in the first quarter of 2013, under The Rational Group, which will be a joint program with PokerStars. This future program will give you the opportunity to promote and earn from both brands. We look forward to engaging with you on a new partnership going forward
Full Tilt Poker
After reading this letter it is clear that your affiliation with Full Tilt has been terminated and in turn all of the players that you earned for the site will be able to play without any connection to you. It is hard to believe that the combination of PokerStars and Full Tilt (2 of the most popular poker brands around) are not only neglecting to pay former affiliates, but they are also pirating the players which are only playing at Full Tilt because of the hard work of affiliates.
Looking AheadLike we said before, PokerStars affiliate program is one of the worst to deal with and also one of the worst as far as payment rates go. When the new Full Tilt affiliate program is up many believe that it will mimic the existing PokerStars one which is not attractive at all. If you were a Full Tilt affiliate in the past it is safe to say that all is lost and you will not be receiving any of the money that is rightfully owed to you. If you are thinking about pursuing an affiliation with the new Full Tilt once the site is up and running I can also tell you that this is probably not the best idea. Instead, shop around and find an affiliate program that will appreciate what you do for the site. Too many big-name online entities think that they are so big they can completely disregard the workers that built them, and that is a shame.