Software updates at Full Tilt Poker are always greeted with more excitement that your average client upgrade. The “home of the pros” has established a reputation in recent years for being at the cutting edge of online poker. From the Full Tilt Academy to interchangeable lobby widgets, there’s no other company who can compete with the innovative features rolled out by FT on a regular basis.
This latest download did not disappoint, and included two features in particular which stand out from the crowd. To many poker fans, the concept of ‘running it twice’, will be familiar from televised cash games like High Stakes Poker. In situations where two players are all-in, they can both agree to lay down the remaining community cards two times. For example, two players all-in running it twice from the flop would deal the turn and the river and then a second set of turn and river cards. Two separate boards are formed, each one worth 50% of the pot. This tactic generates a little more excitement and can prevent you losing your entire stack on coin flip hands.
Online players have watched in envy as their live analogues indulge in multiple turns and rivers, but Full Tilt has changed all that. Slipped in with the auto-post and auto-muck check boxes is a new Run it Twice selection. If two players with this box checked end up heads up all-in, then the remaining board cards will be run twice. This can occur at any point in the action, be it pre-flop, post-flop, or on the turn. As usual, the pot is split half for one board and half for the other. So far this is only available on certain NLHE, Omaha Hi, and HA tables in the Ivey’s Room section of Full Tilt. However, Full Tilt has confirmed that they expect it to be featured on more tables in the near future.
The other major upgrade occurs on the tournament side of things. ‘Cashout Tournaments’ have been introduced, a brand new idea that allows players to withdraw part or all of their chips at any stage in the tournament. At the start of these tournaments the buy-ins are divided in two. The first half forms a regular prize pool, while the other half goes into a Cashout pool. Any time before the final table you can withdraw chips in 10% increments of the starting stack. Each of these increments is equal to 5% of the buy-in (i.e. 10% of your contribution to the Cashout pool). You’re free to withdraw all your chips at once, thus eliminating you from the tournament exactly as if you had been knocked out the regular way.
Once you reach the final table, players no longer have the ability to cash out their chips. All the money remaining in the Cashout pool is distributed between the remaining players in proportion their stack size. The cashout option can be accessed at any point by clicking on a large red button in the upper left of the table window. Doing so will pop up a helpful window telling you how many chips you have and what compensation you will be paid for them.
A low key third introduction is perhaps the most important of all, the addition of 7-Game tournaments. Mixed games have become increasingly popular over recent years, as the top pros seek to demonstrate their abilities over a wide range of poker disciplines. In a 7-game mix, every round the action switches between Fixed Limit Hold ‘em, Fixed Limit Stud H/L, Fixed Limit Razz, Fixed Limit Omaha H/L, Fixed Limit Stud Hi, No Limit Hold ‘em and Pot Limit Omaha Hi. The introduction of the 7-Game also solves the mystery of FTOPS XIV Event #2. It was previously TBA, but is now confirmed as a $200 + $16 7-Game 6-max tournament with a $150,000 guarantee.
Other new additions include a yellow ‘T’ icon to indicate Super Turbo tournaments and the ability for the hand replayer to show folded cards in Stud games.
For more information, and to learn strategy, see our Full-Tilt Run it Twice article.