Rush Poker is an innovative poker format that’s available exclusively on Full Tilt Poker. It was designed by Full Tilt Poker specifically to minimize wait time between hands and keep real money players in the action at all times.
Rush Poker cash games operate not in differentiated tables, but instead in pools of up to several hundred players. The Full Tilt Poker software constantly collects players from the pool who aren’t currently involved in a hand, re-seats them at tables together, and deals new hands. The new Quick Fold button can be used to instantly fold sub-par hands and transport players to a new table.
Full Tilt Poker offers Rush Poker in a large variety of configurations. Here are the game types that are available in the Rush Poker format:
There are 6-max and 9-max pools for all Hold'em games and 6-max only for Omaha games.
To access Rush Poker cash games, select Rush Poker in the left-most column of the classic lobby view. From there, you can configure the filters to display the games and stakes that you’re looking for.
If you’re the type that enjoys making lots of decisions in rapid-fire succession, you can join the same pool up to four times. But don’t make the mistake of thinking you can handle it just because you 4-table regular games. Rush Poker is fast.
At any point during a hand (except when you have money already invested in the pot), you can press the Quick Fold button which will move you almost instantly to a new table (filled with players from your particular Rush Poker pool) with a new hand. The players at the table you just left will see you in your seat as usual and won’t know that you’ve already left until it’s your turn to act. At that point, the software will fold your hand for you automatically. This is important because it means that players early to act in the hand won’t have any information about the action of the players behind them.
When you join a Rush Poker game, you’ll come in on the big blind. From then on, the big blind will be assigned to the player who has gone the longest without posting it. A special formula that incorporates both time and number of hands is used to calculate who that is, so there’s no possibility of tricky players gaming the system through stalling, and there’s no advantage to be gained from playing quickly.
Pre-flop strategy becomes quite a bit different when you know that opponents left to act behind you might have all folded their hands already. When coming in for a raise, consider that your opponents have probably already decided whether or not they are going to stick around for the hand. Raising the minimum is a cheap way to attempt a blind steal. You risk only as much as you have to, and if everyone behind you has already clicked Quick Fold, you can scoop a small pot without much trouble or investment.
Since players and positions are constantly being shifted, it is very hard to make detailed reads. You will be forced to evaluate most hands in a vacuum; that is, without outside information not originating from within the hand. Stick to the basics by playing a speculative range of hands in position and folding a lot from out of position. It’s very hard to outplay someone who gets to act after you, and it’s made even harder when you don’t have any strong information to use against them.
An exciting application of Rush Poker is the Rush Poker Mobile app for use on cell phones and mobile devices with the Apple iOS 4.0 or higher operating system. This innovation allows players to join a game anywhere, anytime. Because of Rush Poker’s incredibly quick pace, even at just one table, it’s a perfect fit for the mobile format and players looking to squeeze in a few exciting hands in line, on the bus, or just about anywhere.
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