By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Low stakes players on the highest traffic poker site in the world may have noticed the message shown below in the PokerStars client this week. Big bet cash game tables at the lowest blind level, $0.01/$0.02, are now all designated 'fast'. The table speed change applies to No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha.
Microstakes NLHE, PLO and PLO8 players will now have 18 seconds to act per hand, instead of 35. For those that use the option, a one second window will be given for choosing whether to show or muck your hand, instead of three.
Players still receive the same time bank as the now obsolete regular tables - 30 seconds, increasing by 10 for every 50 hands you're dealt into.
Fast tables allow for higher volume - approximately 100 to 110 hands per hour. Check the H/hr column in the client to see the exact pace on your table.
6-max regular tables see about 70 hands/hour, and Full Ring 60. Upgrading to fast represents about a 60% increase in game speed.
Yes - your rakeback hourly rises with the dealing speed. On PokerStars, you'll be able to hit higher VIP levels earlier, earning bonuses and stellar rewards at a faster rate.
These bonus rewards are equivalent to flat rakeback, part of the PokerStars VIP club open to all players.
Let's look at four example $0.01/$0.02 players, aiming to reach Silver VIP status, starting from Bronze, and then maintain that status by earning 750 VPPs each month. They'll earn 19% effective rakeback (counting cash & tournament rewards) for 6-max, and 21% for Full Ring.
Each player sits at six fast tables, grinding 660 hands/hour at 6-max and 600/hour at Full Ring. They can expect to be able to reach Silver VIP with just a few hours per day of poker.
|Game Type||Table Size||Hands / Hour 6-tabling||Rake bb/100||Rake / Hour||Hands / Month to Reach Silver VIP||Hours / Day Played||Rakeback / Month|
If you can handle the pace, fast tables allow you to reach VIP targets with less time and effort. Everyone at $0.01/$0.02 can now enjoy greater rewards and faster action by default - just make sure you don't time out!
Rakeback.com will keep you updated on any changes to stakes above 2NL and 2PLO. Time will tell if PokerStars enforces 100% faster game speeds and/or the fast-fold Zoom format across higher stakes.
Update: PokerStars has applied these changes to every stake, not just $0.01/$0.02 - all tables are now Speed tables at all levels.
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