Full Tilt Poker is back online for play-money games

In case you didn’t get the email from Full Tilt Poker, they’re back online and dealing poker games. But they are offering only free money online poker for players in the United States “…until such time as there is regulation and licensing permitting this”.

When will that be? Not before 2014 in my opinion. (I also predict that it will happen at the state, not the federal, level; and that once it starts, it’ll be an avalanche with 80% of all states offering real-money online poker within a year.)

Of course, there are still several places that deal online poker games for real money to U.S. playersBovada PokerAmericas Cardroom, and OddsMaker.com Poker come to mind.

Nothing was mentioned in the email from Full Tilt Poker regarding reclaiming any money that was in your account when the site went kaput over a year ago. But I recently read an article in which the U.S. government put out a RFP, looking for an agency to handle the disbursement of funds to U.S. online poker players.