Full Tilt, one of the biggest poker sites in the world and former main competitor to Pokerstars, no longer sponsors two of the most well known poker players in the world, Gus Hansen and Victor Blom. The first speculations to this came to life when the two players were removed from Full Tilt's website and now it is more or less official.
According to several news sites, the two pro's didn't get their contracts renewed with Full Tilt Poker, which is now under the management of Rational Group which was recently purchased by gaming giant Amaya. Whether or not Full Tilt will continue to have sponsored pro in the future is uncertain, but it seems slightly unlikely at this point.
The two pro's has done their jobs well though, having donated fortunes on Full Tilt over the years. Gus Hansen is allegedly down around $18 million on Full Tilt throughout his career while Victor Blom, also known as Isildur1, is down around $3.5 million in total on the site – Not exactly great stats from either pro's.
Pokernews.com talked to an employee of the Rational Group, who wished to remain anonymous, who told them that “Full Tilt is moving away from pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players.”.
This will most likely mean an increased focus on Casino games for now and perhaps sports betting in the future, rather than poker. Since Full Tilt re-branded themselves from Full Tilt Poker, it has been said that it will no longer be focusing so much on poker and that Pokerstars will be the main room for now.