First post. Hope it helps someone.
I hadnít been on FT in over two years, but after coming across this thread and reading through most of it, I decided to re-install FT and try and see if I could get rakeback. Glad I did! Thanks to all those who posted good info in this thread.
I first registered with RakeBackPros.com then emailed both them and FT asking to see if I could get rb. I wasnít really expecting much since I hadnít even been on FT in over two years, and back then I was only a micro-/low-stakes SNG and MTT player putting in relatively small volume - maybe 30hrs/wk at most.
So here is my email correspondence with FT and RBP:
[Early Sunday morning, Jan 30 2012]
Original Message Follows: ------------------------
My FT user name is xxxxxxxxxxxx. I am writing to kindly inquire as to whether or not I am eligible for rakeback on FT. I created my FT account two or three years or so ago prior to having any knowledge of rakeback being available and I do not recall if I joined via an affiliate or not, or if I was subsequently tagged to one.
Thank You for your attention regarding this matter and I look forward to your response. (I have registered with rakebackpros.com and am also awaiting their response to my email inquiry.)
[I had emailed RakeBackPros with essentially the same request and info]
Full Tilt Poker - Support
show details Jan 30 (1 day ago)
Thanks for getting in contact with us about rakeback.
Although Full Tilt Poker does not offer rakeback directly to players, our preferred affiliate partner RakeBackPros.com offers rakeback to players who sign up through their website with Full Tilt Poker.
We've sent your player details to RakeBackPros.com and they will be in direct contact with you.
Full Tilt Poker Support
Thank You very much for taking the time and making the effort to help me with this matter.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated being that as a microstakes 6-max NLHE player, FT's 27% rb seems to be more beneficial to me than PS's rb equivalent for my level and amount of play - Silver Star/Gold Star status. And therefore, it would be more of an incentive for me to play at FT if I am successful in being granted rakeback privileges at FT.
Again, thank you for your assistance and time, regardless of the outcome. And I look forward to hearing from RakeBackPros.com.
show details 6:43 AM (5 hours ago)
We are pleased to inform you that your Full Tilt Poker account is now set up to receive rakeback from RakeBackPros and you can keep track your rakeback by logging into your account at: http://www.rakebackpros.com/
Rakeback is paid on a weekly basis directly into your Full Tilt Poker account on Fridays. The rakeback payment that you receive at the end of the week will account for 27% of the net revenue you have generated in the last rakeback week. The rakeback week starts on Tuesday and finishes on Monday.
Please note that it may take up to 48 hours after your account is set up for rakeback before your statistics are updated with the correct data. After the initial update is displayed on the website, your stats will be updated daily.
For more information regarding our offers, please visit our website at: http://www.rakebackpros.com/content/...ros-promotions
If you have forgotten your password, please go to www.rakebackpros.com/user/password
to request a new password to be sent to your registered email address.
If you have any questions about your rakeback, please feel free to contact us.
Enjoy your rakeback and good luck at the tables!
The RakeBackPros Team
I sent them back an email thanking them for their assistance and that I would definitely be enjoying getting rakeback at FT.
As you can see by the dates and times, I was one of the lucky ones who got fast-tracked (less than 48hrs on a weekend!) to getting their existing account set up with rakeback - despite my two year absence from FT and even then, having only been a lowly micro/small stakes very low volume player there.
IMHO, after reading through most of this epic thread and seeing other people's experiences as well as mine, it seems that if you are polite, civil, non-threatening and don't come across as a complete demanding self-entitled douchebag, you might have a decent chance and might get lucky like me. It certainly didn't hurt in my case.
Yes, the email responses are automated, but real people do read them and how they perceive you could (maybe possibly - or not, who knows) be the difference between getting insta-approved or being put on the backburner to stew for days, weeks, months or even years as some have experienced.
In real life, I'm a bastard, but I am familiar the old saying that "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." Why anyone would want to catch flies, I don't know, but the point, they say, is that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
It might possibly also have been my very subtle suggestion (and their inference) that by giving me rakeback, that they could steal me away from PokerStars. IDK.
Anyways, YMMV and Good Luck to you all in getting rakeback.