The Cardrunners - Full Tilt Poker deal that was announced a few days ago has generated a great deal of buzz within the online poker community.
The deal, which was apparently months in the making, will see the members of "Team Cardrunners" become Full Tilt Poker pros. This will include Taylor "Green Plastic" Caby, Brian "sbrugby" Townsend, Andrew "muddywater" Wiggins, Brian "LucLongley" Hastings, Eric "p3achy_keen" Liu, Mike "Schneids" Schneider and Cole "MUCKEMSAYUHH" South.
The news of this deal created quite a bit of reaction in the online poker world. There were congratulations followed by questions.
Would this deal greatly increase the already large membership (10,000 members) of Cardrunners.com, making games that much harder to beat?
What exactly was in it for Full Tilt Poker?
Would the members of "Team Cardrunners" be making instructional videos using their "pro" names?
If so, would that affect the videos at all? Would other people at the table play differently, knowing that they were going up against a "pro" with a massive bankroll?
A few of these questions were answered earlier today, and the answers are pretty interesting. Some people don't have a problem with Full Tilt's policy change, while others are crying foul.
Full Tilt have announced that they will be making an exception to their "one account per player" policy. They will basically be allowing Cardrunner pros to use "alternate" accounts while they are filming their instructional videos. These "alternate" accounts would be used to disguise the true identities of the person behind the account, presumably so as not to influence the play of the other people at the table while the filming is taking place.
Also, Full Tilt goes on to say that at the end of the recorded session, all of the other players at the table will be notified by email as to what happened, and they will be rewarded with a "small token of appreciation" for their participation.
Lastly, Full Tilt states that anyone who loses money to the pro will be given "additional compensation", but doesn't say exactly what that would be. FTP points? A hat? Reimbursement of their lost funds? One can only assume that the player will not be getting their money back.
This policy change, in my opinion, opens up a large can of worms. Here are some of the questions that I have, for you specifically (the reader) and in general:
1. Should Full Tilt really be making exceptions to their "one account per player" policy for any reason?
2. Will they create more exceptions in the future? Are there exceptions currently in place that we don't know about?
3. If you lost a few hundred dollars to a seemingly anonymous player who turned out to be a Cardrunners pro, how would you feel? How would you feel if the "compensation" that you received was no where close to equaling the value of the money that you lost?
4. How would you feel about appearing in a Cardrunners video without your prior knowledge?
5. What happens if you don't want to appear in a video after it has been recorded? Do you want someone commenting on your play, and then having that video shown to 10,000 members?
Just a few questions that I thought I would throw out there for everyone. I must admit that I was a little surprised at Full Tilt's policy change. It just seems strange to me. Your thoughts?
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