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The Fastest Poker Game on the Planet

Full Tilt Poker has a new ring game called “Rush Poker” and it is certainly one of a kind.  For the details on how “Rush Poker” works, you can check here: Full Tilt Poker’s Explanation

There are many positives and negatives to playing the game of poker at this speed.  On the positive side is the sheer amount of hands that you can get in due to the speed of the game.  No other platform allows for you to get more hands in per hour.  I was multi-tabling a “Rush poker” table with 2 other cash games, and the speed between the 3 ring games wasn’t even close.  It was almost 5 hands to 1 vs. a normal cash game on average, sometimes more.    More hands mean more experience, and more for your Rake Back in theory.  You will also see action more often than at normal ring games, simply because you’re going to see more premium hands per session than a standard ring game, due to the fact that you’re going to be dealt more hands.

But the large negatives are just that……large.  Something I found to be troublesome is that you’re really unable to take notes on your opponents because as soon as you’ve made your decision to fold a hand, you’re whisked away to another table, unable to see the result of the previous hand.  Immediately, you’re placed into a new table, with new opponents, in a completely random position.  You may go from folding Ad-Jd under the gun (an unenviable position to play this hand), directly to the button with 9-3os, and back to the Big Blind with pocket T’s.  The seating is completely at random, so it’s difficult to get a read on your opponents, which means that you’re just really playing your cards against your opponents.

Additionally, with the seating being completely random, it is possible to land yourself in a blind several hands in a row (I once was either placed in a big blind or a small blind for 5 consecutive hands).  Generally speaking, the blinds are where we typically lose the most money as poker players simply because we have to play our hands from out of position.  However, I also had a string of 11 consecutive hands in a row played from the button, the cutoff, or the hijack seat.  So this can work out to be a positive as well as you are also going to see your fair share of hands in position as well.

One big takeaway that I had from my sessions of “Rush Poker” was that there was far less bluffing than a standard ring game.  I believe that this has to due with the speed of the game, and players dumping their marginal hands with greater frequency when there are card dead.  Players are much less likely to take risks when they’re holdings are poor if they know that their next hand will be coming in mere seconds.  I mean, who wants to hold onto K-7 in the SB when you can simply muck this hand instantly, and wake up with another in position in under a second.  Whereas in a standard ring game, if action were to fold to the SB, I see a hand in this range raised, blind vs. blind, with much greater frequency.

What this means it that there will be fewer large pots built.  This can be both good and bad depending on your style of play.  I think that the jury is still out on whether or not this will actually stand the test of time with poker players, but the great benefit of seeing so many more hands per session could absolutely lead to this being a game that sticks around for a long time.  What do you think of this new game?