Posts Tagged ‘Rush Poker’

PokerStars looking to monopolize Speed Poker

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Over the past few months, the speed poker genre has really heated up with a number of sites launching their own fast variant. In fact, this trend inspired us to write tips about playing faster poker games a few weeks ago.

Getting to the point, it now looks as if PokerStars is fighting to make sure they’re the only site where you can enjoy speed poker. This version of the game – which sees players whisked away to another table when their action in a hand is completed – was first introduced by Full Tilt when they rolled out Rush Poker. However, their demise from April to June of 2011 left the door wide open for other competitors to copy Rush.

PokerStars was actually the first room to mimic the idea after rolling out Zoom Poker. This highly-successful speed poker variant eventually drew the ire of former Full Tilt management, which attempted to patent their invention despite an inability to run games (license was taken away). Stars of course argued that fast poker wasn’t something which could actually be patented.

It’s funny how things come around because now it’s Stars which is trying to patent the genre since they purchased Full Tilt from the US DOJ. More specifically, they want Relax Gaming (Fast Poker), Microgaming (Blaze Poker), Party Poker (FastForward) and Titan Poker (Speed Hold’em) to cease their speed operations.

Of course, this all seems a bit hypocritical since it wasn’t too long ago when Stars was stealing the concept. Instadeal Network CEO Per Hildebrand spoke about this when he said, “The funny part is that their lawyers once must have concluded that the product is not patent-able. They launched Zoom and now want to argue it is.”

Obviously Hildebrand has a point here since he and other companies are merely doing exactly what PokerStars did. Of course, these things still have a funny way of playing out in court.

Tips for Fast Poker

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

For about a year, the fast poker craze died out because Full Tilt went down along with its Rush Poker software. Rush was well known for allowing people to play more hands in less amount of time.

But ever since the emergence of Zoom Poker at PokerStars and several other sites rolling out speed poker versions, this craze is back again. Assumming you’re somebody who’s just beginning with fast variants, here are some tips that’ll help you get off to a good start.

Tip #1 -Make sure you’re conquering Regular Poker First

While you can take your time to make decisions in speed poker games, you’ll still be playing at an accelerated pace. This being said, bad players can lose more money when they’re forced to play extra hands. Assuming you are a losing player, it’s definitely not a good idea to opt for fast poker variants because you’ll only lose money at a quicker rate. If you’ve proved yourself in regular cash games over a long time period, then it’s safe to try faster tables.

Tip #2 – Expect Different play

One phenomenon you see in a lot of speed poker versions involves different table dynamics. On a per hand basis, you’ll notice nittier play because it’s so easy for players to fold their speculative and marginal hands and get new cards. That said, you often need to play stronger hands on average and do a lot more folding to keep up with the nits. Of course, this is just what you can typically expect so adjust your play accordingly.

Tip #3 – Don’t let Rake Races dictate your Play

Seeing as how fast poker versions enable people to play more hands than usual, they’re good for winning money in rake races. Unfortunately, the prize money you win in rake races isn’t going to help much if you lost $500 throughout the month trying to earn the cash. Case in point, you should concentrate more on improving your speed poker game by playing when you’re mentally prepared and fresh. Once you start playing well, then you can use fast poker to chase rake race prizes.