Rush Poker is a new addition to the world of poker and has already managed to attract a lot of attention and hordes of players. Created by Full Tilt Poker, one of the largest poker sites on the net, Rush Poker offers faced paced play suitable for anyone who prefers action to patiently getting to know ones opponents. In this article, based on poker tips on RoundersPalace.com, we look at what it takes to become a great Rush Poker player.
In Rush Poker, you will be whisked away to a new table with new opponents as soon as a hand is over, regardless of whether you won the pot or not. In addition to this, you will be moved to a new table and receive new cards the second you push the fold button. In traditional online poker, a folding player has no choice but to patiently wait for the rest of the table to finish the hand. In Rush Poker, there is no such waiting. You do not even have to wait your turn to fold, just push the fold button as soon as you have made up your mind and get new cards and new opponents in an instant.
So, how do you become a successful Rush Poker player? Generally speaking, basic ABC-poker is highly suitable for this high paced format. Since you know virtually nil about your opponents, you have to play your cards rather than trying to play your rival. In traditional poker, you can gradually gather information about your opponents – their habits, their tells, their weak spots – but this isn’t possible when you constantly find yourself at a new table.
It is usually a good idea to be fairly tight when playing Rush Poker. At a traditional poker table, especially when the stakes are low, you can expect to find “fish” that easily grow bored and get into pots simply because they hate not being in the middle of the action. When playing against such players it can be beneficial for your bankroll to be fairly loose since they are even looser. In Rush Poker on the other hand, these impatient players do not have to get into the pot and stay there to keep themselves entertained. Instead, they will hit the fold button and leave, hoping to get better cards at the next table.
Because of this, you need to be careful when a player in early or mid position raises. You can expect him or her to be holding something better than in a traditional poker game. Why would they play poor cards from that position when the alternative is to fold and instantly get new and hopefully better cards?
Follow-up bets can be kept smaller than normally, since players with poor cards are likely to have left already or leave when you make your small follow-up bet. Players with a strong hand will naturally stay and trying to scare them off with a big follow-up bet will rarely work. Even if you do a big post-flop bet, you can expect them to defend their cards.
One situation where the scare tactic will work however is when you want to steal blinds. If you’re at the button or positioned on the last chair, really aggressive play often work wonders if you’re okay with getting nothing but blinds and antes. Players won’t be very interested in defending half-decent hands since they can get new cards instantly.
Rush Poker is still very new and is likely to continue to develop, so you can count on updates to this Rush Poker strategy over the next few years.