Rush Poker is Full Tilt Poker's patented poker format that is changing the way people play poker online. Rush Poker isn't a new card game, it is a new way to play existing card games. Currently you can play No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha in the Rush Poker format. This article will cover the rules of Rush Poker and provide some insights on the changes you will need to make in your strategy. Rush Poker was designed with speed in mind. At an average 9 seat NL Hold'em table you will likely play 60-80 hands per hour. Rush Poker allows you to play 250-350 hands per hour on average.
How Rush Poker Works
When you sit down at a Rush Poker table you are joining a pool of players, it is a lot like signing up for a tournament. The pools range in size from 200 to 1,000+ players. After joining a pool you will be transferred to a table where a new hand will just be starting. Let's say you get dealt 3-8 off suit. You can hit the "Quick Fold" button, even before the action comes to you. Once you hit the button you will be automatically transported to a new table and receive a new hand. The Rush Poker pools are divided into different stake levels so if you join the $1/2 NL Rush Poker pool you will only play $1/2 NL Hold'em. The small and big blind positions are completely random each hand. You might play 20 hands without being forced to put in the blind, or on the other hand you may be in the big blind position 5 times out of 10, it is completely random.
Rush Poker Strategy
As you can imagine Rush Poker requires a much different strategy compared to playing regular poker. Rush Poker hand selection is the most important strategical decision you will have to make. Hands Like 10-K are no longer playable in my eyes, depending on your position and the action before you. Players tend to stick to these hands:
As I mentioned position plays a big part in a successful Rush Poker strategy. Playing low pairs can be appropriate if there are no raises and you are in late position. Each time you fold you will be transferred to a new table with new players so unless you are fairly quick with the player notes feature you will be going into each hand blind in regards to knowing the competition. It is important to remember that most hands usually end up being:
- A pocket pair vs a higher pocket pair
- A pocket pair vs A-(KQJ)