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Full Tilt’s recent decision to remove some of its high stakes tables highlights the difficult position that running high stakes games creates for online poker operators. There are big benefits, but there also financial costs and regulatory risks.

High Stakes Are High Interest

One of the most exciting times in online poker happened when Isildur1 burst onto the scene in late 2009. At the time his real name—Viktor Blom—was a mystery, but he took on all comers at the highest available stakes and played in all of the ten largest pots every played in online poker.

His play attracted thousands of railbirds to the Full Tilt tables where he practiced his craft. Today a similar opportunity is available for poker enthusiasts as PokerStars ambassador and Team Pro Daniel Negreanu has has begun broadcasting some high stakes play on Twitch.