Full Tilt Poker’s new “Rush” Poker

If you haven’t tried it out yet, Full Tilt Poker’s new “Rush Poker” is pretty cool.  For people not familiar with Internet poker, it’s way faster than live poker.  At a live poker table you can see 20-25 hands per hour, and you can only play one table at a time.  Online you can see 60-75 hands per hours, and you can play multiple tables at once.

This broad difference has led many experienced poker pros to wonder aloud at the way the online players can put in the equivalent of an old road gambler’s lifetime worth of poker hands and tournaments in just a few years.

So just when you thought it was fast enough, along comes Full Tilt with Rush Poker, basically a pool full of poker players who are thrown together on a hand by hand basis in a mix.  I made a little video of me playing $.10/$.25 Pot Limit Omaha Hi so you can see.

There are some pros and cons of this format of poker:

Pro: You can get a lot of hands in.  My Pot Limit Omaha game was running at about 160-170 hands per hour.  That’s a lot of experience to get in an even shorter amount of time.

Pro: There’s almost no way to profile players effectively.  Even if you know a player’s history, you don’t know how they’ve been playing during this session.  Many a player’s tendencies swing during a session depending on their luck and the beats they’ve taken.  This appears to be about playing ABC poker.

Pro: The rakeback on this is probably enormous.

Pro: It’s great for learning a new game, as I am.   (Pot Limit Omaha)   When I’m learning a new game I’m playing a very restricted set of hands, and waiting to catch one of those so I can play it can take a long time.

Con: The games are pretty tight, with a lot of hands folded around to the button.  You may only make money if you run into an opponent that doesn’t know the game very well.

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