Online poker FTOPS XXIX may be good for low stakes players, but it’s a far cry from the site’s glory days The decline of the one mighty Full Tilt seems to be gathering pace, as not only does the Amaya owned site continue to plummet down the rankings at pokerscout.com, but the guarantees and prize money on offer at the once highly anticipated FTOPS series of tournaments has dropped off enormously since their pre Black Friday heyday. The latest tracking from pokerscout.com, the most reliable source of online poker traffic currently sees Full Tilt way down as the 11th biggest poker room with a 7 day average of just 800 players, This is a far cry from the sites former solid second place on the list, when the 7 day average was always well into five figures. Even when the site returned post Black Friday under the wing of Rational Group, they still maintained second place in the rankings for some time. Lately though, through a combination of a general mistrust for the site and significant changes made to the site by parent company, Amaya including last year’s new cash game lobby, a revised VIP rewards schedule, and higher rake for micro and high-stakes players – have sent the site into a seemingly terminal decline. At one time it seemed unthinkable that sites and networks such as 888, Microgaming, Bodog, and iPoker would overtake the former industry giant, but that’s exactly what has happened. A big indicator as to the state of affairs over at Full Tilt is the annoucement of the latest FTOPS schedule and prize-pool. The latest series has just over $1m in guaranteed prize money between the 46 scheduled tournaments, with buy-ins starting at just $25. Still worth a punt of course. However, given that the 45 tournament FTOPS XIX (the last one before Black Friday) offered a total guaranteed prize-pool of $22m, and ended up with a total prize-pool in excess of $39m, the difference is shocking. While the latest FTOPS is being touted as good for low stakes and recreational players (there’s no denying it is), it’s a shame to see the once prestigious series having fallen so far. Recent attempts to increase the visibility and footprint of Full Tilt have included a Full Tilt play money app on the Steam network, which will give the site access to a potential 125m gamers, and the recent sponsorship of G2 eSports Hearthstone Team. Only time will tell if they can help the ailing site.