Posted at 21:30 2010-04-22
Last year, Full Tilt Poker created a firestorm on the virtual felt after introducing Rush Poker, a fast-paced and exciting ring game format which made online poker even faster.
Now they’ve gone one step further and have introduced Rush Poker Tournaments. Like the ring game version, upon registration you are placed into the larger pool of players and then immediately moved onto another table with a new set of opponents after you fold your hand.
It goes without saying that the major difference with Rush Poker Tournaments is that they are tournaments (either freeze-outs or rebuy events). However, there are some other things you’ll need to know before you feel ‘the new Rush’:
- The small and big blinds (like in standard tournaments) are randomly assigned to players on each table before the start of the tournament. When players fold and are rushed to another table, the small and big blinds are assigned to the players who have gone the longest without posting. If two or more players have not posted for the same amount of time, they will be assigned randomly. Otherwise, all other positions are assigned randomly.
- Unlike a standard tournament, you don’t have the same amount of time to act on your hand in each betting round. If it is your turn to act and nobody else has raised before you before the flop, the time to make a decision will be reduced but will remain the same if there is a raise before you. You are then given the standard amount of decision time for the post-flop, turn and river betting rounds.
- When 28 or fewer players are remaining, the tournament will revert to short-handed play in order to keep the pace of the game moving, as follows:
28 to 22 players remaining: eight-handed tables
21 to 19 players remaining: seven-handed tables
18 to 16 players remaining: six-handed tables
15 to 13 players remaining: five-handed tables
12 to 10 players remaining: four-handed tables
Play will then switch to “standard mode” after the final table is reached.
Observation of a Rush Poker Tournament is not possible until the final table, and if you are disconnected, there is no time bank given for the player to reconnect – you will automatically time out and will be automatically folded until you reconnect. Don’t let this discourage you though – these “disadvantages” are designed within the Rush Poker Tournament format in order to keep the pace of the game moving.
Now I’ll admit, I don’t have that much skill (or patience) when it comes to playing poker (whether live or online), and unlike some of my fellow PNW colleagues, I like to sleep in on a Monday morning.
But when it came to writing this article, I figured I had to experience Rush Poker Tournaments for myself, so I registered for a 135-player $4.40 sit-‘n’-go (which meant saying goodbye to over 40% of my bankroll) and I was impressed with what I saw.
The best thing about Rush Poker Tournaments is the pace – I don’t usually have the time to play poker, so being able to hit ‘Quick Fold’ in a tournament and being instantly dealt a new hand each time was fantastic. Before I could blink three times, I was out in 60th place.
I actually played this Rush Poker Tournament side-by-side with a standard $1.10 sit-‘n’-go and the difference in speed is mind-boggling. In fact, when I busted out of the Rush Poker Tournament, I closed off the other sit-‘n’-go as I couldn’t slow down my thought process enough to focus on the game – well that, and I just plain suck at playing poker.
But I digress –Rush Poker Tournaments are indeed a welcome addition to the ever-growing list of tournament formats available on Full Tilt Poker, and a great change of pace for those who are looking for more action. Be sure to give it a go today!
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