Online poker sites catering to the U.S. market have seen an increase in action since $76 million was paid to Americans in the Full Tilt remission process.
That long-awaited cash arrived in player bank accounts via ACH beginning Friday, February 28. That day was dubbed “Green Friday” by former Full Tilt players who had been estranged from their funds since Black Friday in April, 2011.
The $76 million represented the first round of payments from the DoJ to U.S. Full Tilt players via claims administrator Garden City Group (GCG). Players included in the first batch of reimbursement were those whose claims were not in dispute. Further rounds of payments will be forthcoming to U.S. players labeled as affiliates and pros of Full Tilt, as well as those players who took issue with the account balances on record with the GCG.
Slightly more than two weeks following that first payout, PokerScout has reported that player traffic at U.S.-facing online poker sites has increased in the range of 3% – 10% depending on the poker room. It is apparent that a number of players have chosen to take their newly arrived funds from Full Tilt and parlay that money into an even larger bankroll.
While some will undoubtedly win money on the virtual felt itself, a majority of new depositors are likely taking advantage of generous first-time deposit bonuses being offered by a number of poker rooms. There is no shortage of options for U.S. players despite the fact that Full Tilt and PokerStars are not among those options.
Former Full Tilt players in the U.S. are now depositing at the likes of Full Flush Poker, Americas Card Room, Bovada Poker, Black Chip Poker and Carbon Poker. Full Flush on the Equity Poker Network is the newest kid on the block with player traffic growing daily since its November launch.
An awesome 150% up to $600 maximum deposit bonus is yours for the taking at Full Flush Poker. To sweeten the pot, a deposit greater than $50 is rewarded with 20% cashback instantly. In other words, depositing $400 will get you $600 in bonus money once the bonus is cleared, plus another $80 immediately upon making that first deposit as a warm Full Flush welcome.
True Poker, Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker on the Winning Poker Network are also favorite choices of U.S. players who previously played at Full Tilt and recently received reimbursement. A $1,000 bonus is available at each by depositing the same amount, as the rate is fixed at 100%.
I personally love WPN because I was able to first deposit $1,000 at Americas Cardroom, clear that bonus, and then do the same thing under different accounts and screen names at both Black Chip Poker and True Poker. That’s a bonus of $3,000! And WPN is noted for outstanding customer service and equally outstanding efficiency in processing payments.
Bovada Poker also offers a 100% up to $1,000 deposit bonus, as well as speedy cashouts that arrive in a week to 10 days. As the industry leader among U.S.-facing poker rooms in terms of player traffic, an incredible amount of exciting poker action is available night and day at Bovada. That includes tournaments, SitNGos and cash games.
Former Full Tilt players and anybody else in the U.S. who may be looking for the best places to play online poker would be well-advised to take a look at our page devoted to the top U.S. poker sites. The choices available are many and allow players an excellent opportunity to build their bankrolls via those awesome first-time deposit bonuses.