Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rushing to Judgment

Well, I've played five sessions over the course of two days of Full Tilt's new Rush poker game, and I am addicted. Seriously addicted. And this is not a good thing. Rush poker is not poker. Rush poker is evil. Rush poker will ruin your real poker skills as surely as multi-tabling 12 games at once will. As Mr. Multi says, it's ABC "monkey poker," where you're playing, at most, level 1.1 poker. You play your own two cards, your position, the board texture, and, occasionally, your opponent's stack size. It's all about set-mining and value-towning the opp. Stealing is important, but if you get resistance, you speed fold and move on to the next hand. Bluffing? Forget it. Why bother, when the next hand is just a micro-second away? Reads on your opponent? Fuggedaboutit, too. HUD doesn't work. You probably won't see the same guy at your table again for thirty or forty hands. The name of the game is fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold... then ram and jam when you hit. It ain't rocket science. Hell, it ain't poker. It's a thousand monkeys banging away at a thousand tables, trying to write Shakespeare, but creating stick-figure comic books instead. Arghgh.

I will probably have a lot more to say about this abomination in a future post, but suffice it to say for now that Rush poker has the potential to ruin online poker as we know it. And I'm addicted. Made over $125 in about an hour of play tonight. I love it. I hate it. Arghghg.

All-in for now....

1 comment:

  1. Well you have done much better than I so far wtih Rush poker. I found it real easy to give away my $$$ the 1st few times I played it. The last two times I was a few bucks up on one and only down .70 cents or so the 2nd .... 100 hands each time.

    The Feb 2 issue of Card Player mag has an article by Matt Lessinger titled "Action Junkies and Shorthanded Tables." He could have well included Rush poker in his piece. His question to us is do the SHG's (short handed games) benefit us the player. They do benefit the site with increased rake. I feel the same happens with Rush poker. It's a boon for the site and likely only good for a small number of players who have been able to do well .... so far.

    Is it poker? Well, it's a game played with a deck of cards, it uses poker rules to decide winners and losers among the players, so it can be called one of the forms of poker, at least in the online world. Is it skilled poker, no, at least not as we usually understand that term in the poker world.

    It is fun and if I can play carefully maybe I'll make a few bucks at it too. When you are successful you can increase your $$$ in very little time. Conversely you can lose it even faster!!