Friday, January 22, 2010


After two straight days of RUSH POKER on Full Tilt, I finally feel I have enough information to comment. and not just OMG! I haz more cardz!

RUSH poker is "Virtual Multi-tabling". Each hand, every player without a hand in front of them is whisked to a insta-table to play a hand. When the hand is over, they are instantly whisked to a new one. Think of it as Multi-Tabling but there are not hand conflicts (being in two important hands at once).

For the non-grinder semi-pro, this could be the most important update of your life. Think about it. These phenom players get that way by playing 8 tables (or more), 8 hours a day. As the semi-pro or non-grinder, you can not afford that time nor that punishment. But now, you can "drop into" a multi-table and drop out again AT WILL. That means that I can easily play about 300 hands an hour without that time commitment.

And what do you learn playing that type of volume? The brain is forced to "pattern burn". This is AI term based on pattern recognition. The brain subconsciously becomes better at catagorizing and patterning the data. Assuming you are not donking off all your chips. (big assumption?)

I had quite an adjustment. In the first 3-4 hours, I was down almost $100. Then, something clicked. 3 hours later I had won it all back. And then I entered the $42k. And I won. Coincidence?

Here are the PROs and CONs of crack Rush Poker.

LOTS of Hands. LOTS. Its really really a lot (Don't Panic!)
Great for working on your SITUATIONAL plays
Poker cheat tools can not be used against you
Much easier to fold to "peppered beef" bet since EVERYONE is grinding.
(another way to say it is that you are "surprised less".)
Exposes Flaws in your game

Random seat. (I would like the whisk to be smarter and draw players to the next logical seat in their rotation)
No hero calls
No results. Once you fold, you are gone.
Forces you to be RESULTS oriented.

removes some of the finer nuances of the game (stack size, blind defense, setting up a play, etc)

Overall, I am impressed, amazed and in a position to benefit from RUSH POKER more than the pros.


John G. Hartness said...

One point I'll (slightly) disagree with - blind defense being taken out of the game. I actually think that once the patterns become a little clearer, and we learn to analyze the format a little better, we'll find that it's almost a requirement to defend your big blind with almost any two napkins.

Here's my theory - because so many people are "quick-folding" their small blind, and everything else for that matter, stealing the blinds can be very profitable. I posit that unless you have aces or kings, you only play blinds, buttons and cutoff hands. In late position, raise 4xBB with anything if the action is folded to you (or one limper). 3 out of 4 hands, your opponents fold, because they are less likely to defend their blinds with weak holdings, because they don't have to wait for the next hand.

Conversely, it then becomes a stronger move to defend your blinds with crap, because a strong opponent's range is wider if they're opening from the button. And you make the snap decision as to whether they are a strong or weak opponent based purely on whether or not they have more money than the table max.

This is a vast oversimplification of it, but at the end of the day, Rush Poker is for the Gladwellians among us, those folks that love to make quick decisions. Or have the attention span of a gnat's arse, like me.

columbo (at eifco dot org) said...

I admit I thought that at first also. But giving up the occasional and random blind its +EV in that in multi-tabling you are looking for advantages situations. That is going to be rare with being OOP and two napkins. Why bother? Its not a tournament.

J.T. said...

I find it like playing the first hand at any table. One thing if you color code players (I do) the color codes come through. That way I get some reads.