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PokerStars and Full Tilt brands to merge on May 17 12/05/16
• Full Tilt players moved to Pokerstars platform

Amaya-owned PokerStars and Full Tilt have confirmed that they are to finalise a previously announced merger of their liquidity pools on May 17.

In February, Amaya announced it would bring the two brands together in order to allow its development and technology teams to focus on one platform instead of two separate services.

Michael Josem, head of public relations at PokerStars and Full Tilt, confirmed the news in a press release, stating players can expect to play on a single, centralised network by May 17, or at least by the end of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker, which runs from May 8-22.

Full Tilt players will be moved to the PokerStars platform, with all of their cash and loyalty points automatically transferred when the merger goes through, "In coming days, Full Tilt players will be emailed direct and personal information on how this will affect them specifically, which depends on a variety of factors including their jurisdiction and the status of their PokerStars account (if any),” Josem said.

“In many cases, Full Tilt players who already hold a PokerStars account will not need to update any information or transfer their account assets (loyalty points, cash balances etc) which will be transferred automatically to their PokerStars account and they can simply log in to their PokerStars account and enjoy all the great benefits on offer, including even more game choices and bigger tournaments.”

Once the migration has taken place, players will have a single account that can be used to play on the shared platform through PokerStars or Full Tilt software.

Rafi Ashkenazi, chief executive of Rational Group, the Amaya-owned operator of both brands, said: “Players will benefit from a larger pool of players offering greater game choice, bigger prize pools.

Full Tilt players will gain access to the PokerStars VIP Club rewards programme, but the brand will continue to offer ‘The Deal’ that features a jackpot that regularly surpasses $100,000 (€89,500).

Full Tilt Casino will also be included in the migration process and be subject to the same automated account change-over process, although web casino, video poker, baccarat and double-ball roulette will initially not be available, but may be added at a later date.

Amaya also noted that the migration will result in the elimination of a number of roles at its site in Dublin, Ireland. Staff who are at-risk have been notified and the company is in the final stages of a formal consultation process to determine the extent of the redundancies and expects to conclude that process in coming months.