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Poker players down 40pc at Full Tilt after site relaunch

The number of gamers using the rescued Full Tilt Poker website plunged 40pc after it relaunched last month, the Irish Independent has learned.

The website, which employs more than 200 people in Dublin through its holding company Rational FT Services, came back online on November 6 after a year in which it was blighted by legal troubles.

Full Tilt Poker was effectively shut down by US authorities but a rescue deal saw the business bought by Poker Stars, its biggest online poker rival, earlier this year.

As part of the deal, Poker Stars, through Rational FT Services, took on the assets of Full Tilt Poker, and Pocket Kings – a Dublin-based business, which provided customer service and support to Full Tilt Poker users.

On its opening day, around 23,000 people visited the site at any one time, while as many as 15,000 people gambled. Now, traffic has dropped to a little over 8,000 at any one time.

Despite the fall, a spokesman said Full Tilt was pleased with the site's performance.

"Full Tilt Poker is back and is the number two online poker site in the world," he said.

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