The planet's second largest online poker company, Full Tilt Poker.com, has launched a new software upgrade with some interesting new features.
 
Among the improvements is a selection of lobby views for players to consider: "basic view" is an easy-to-follow beginner’s guide to playing on Full Tilt that explains virtually every aspect of play on the site, whilst "classic view" will be more familiar to old Full Tilt hands.
 
"Standard view" is currently in Beta mode and carries most of the changes made by the Full Tilt developers. All of the current Full Tilt promotions are presented on one side of the lobby, which itself can be customised to show the player's favourite poker genres along with available games, thus saving a search through all of the listings.  "Standard" also includes a lobby widget which enables the player to access information on his or her account, favourite games and Full Tilt Points balance without having to return to the full lobby.
 
Regarded by some players as the most useful element in the upgrade is the addition of "Automatic Tournament Deals", which allows players to cut deals in MTT tournaments and sit-and-goes in a variety of different ways. Players also have a choice of three formats for establishing final payouts: the Independent Chip Model calculates the probability of each stack finishing in each prize position to determine the true equity for each player and compute the fair payouts. Chip Ratio awards payouts in direct proportion to stack size, and Custom Deal empowers the player in control of the deal to enter payout amounts into the custom fields and adjusts until all players agree.