Rush Poker



 

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If you’re a player that finds it hard to fit a good session of poker into your hectic schedule, or gets bored easily at the tables with all the waiting in between hands, then Full Tilt has found the answer for you.  Rush Poker is poker with no downtime.  This fast paced alternative has become hugely popular within the space of a few months and is bringing hordes of action junkies back to the poker tables.
The Differences between Rush Poker and Standard Game

The main difference you’ll notice between rush and standard poker is the speed, however unlike turbo games where players have less time to act, rush poker simply gives players the option to move to a new table as soon as they fold.  The revolutionary “Quick Fold” button means that players can now also fold out of turn before the action reaches them.  Once a hand is folded the player is immediately transferred to a new table and a new hand is dealt, meaning the amount of hands you see per hour goes through the roof.  For players on time constraints, this structure allows you to potentially play what would regularly be an 8 hour session in the space of an hour or two.


If you’re an extremely tight player, rush poker cures will cure the boredom of waiting around for hands.  I can remember numerous sessions where I’ve found it harder to keep my eyes open than to actually play the game.  Rush poker eliminates this.  You can simply keep ‘quick folding’ until you find a playable hand.  The increased amount of hands per hour also means that those Aces and Kings will come around more often.

The next main difference is table position.  Position is randomized in rush poker, meaning you have no idea where you will end up next.  Once you fold you are shipped off to a new table wherever you fit in.  Once all players are seated (usually instantly), the big blind will be moved to the player who has gone the longest without having it.  So instead of moving around the table one spot at a time, you never know what position you might end up in.  You may get lucky and get the button twice in a row, or you could be stuck in early position for a few sequential hands.

Then there’s the limited information on players.  New tables each hand means new players as well.    In low limit rush poker ring games, that regularly seat hundreds of players at a time, you may be lucky to see a player you’ve come up against before and even then you probably won’t remember who they are, because you’ve constantly been changing seats so much.

Outplaying your Opponents in Rush

This is where Rush Poker can become a little tricky.  With random position and ever changing opponents, getting reads on players is thrown completely out the window.   You need to wind back the poker clock and start playing your cards again, not your opponents.

Most modern poker strategy advice concentrates on drilling into players that they must play the man, and for standard games this is true.  With random players each hand, Rush Poker forces players who want to win to go back to basics.  Considering you have limited or no information on each player at your table, the importance of starting hand selection and preflop play goes up.  Never fear though, with the ‘quick fold’ button you can play super tight and still play even more hands than you would in a standard game.

Limited information on opponents also puts an increased emphasis on position.  With less information, you’ll want to be making sure that you’re the player in position more times than not.

In the end, if you play tight A-B-C poker you can quickly see some nice size profits on the Rush tables. The faster pace, more action and less emphasis on traditional poker reads and strategy means these games appeals highly to the less skilled players and recreational gamblers who enjoy poker.  If you can play solid tight poker and avoid falling into the pitfall of playing speculative hands, there’s no reason why you can’t build a decent bankroll from Rush Poker alone.

Rush Poker is available in low limit ring games and in tournament form.   Ring games stem from .02/.05 through to the $1/$2 range, while the range of Rush tournaments is widening daily.