As promised last month, the iPoker Network has launched Speed Hold’em, its own version of fast-fold poker that is quite popular among players today.
Players at iPoker skins such as William Hill, Titan Poker and Poker770 can now enjoy the fast-fold variant of poker made famous by Full Tilt’s Rush Poker in 2010. Speed Hold’em is currently in beta testing and is available at micro-stakes of $.02/$.05 up to $.50/$1 in no-limit Hold’em and pot-limit Hold’em.
Speed Hold’em works in the same fashion as the other fast-fold variations found at online poker sites such as Blaze Poker on the Microgaming Network and Zoom Poker at PokerStars. A pool of players are seated at tables and upon folding are immediately whisked away to a new table. Recreational players tend to enjoy this style of play because there is less waiting around and the action is fast-paced. More experienced players don’t particularly fancy the concept because when spotting a poor player who they’d like to face regularly, that player will soon be gone to a new table.
Full Tilt applied for patents for their innovative Rush Poker concept in a handful of international markets upon launching the fast-fold prototype. Company representatives had vowed to defend their concept vigorously. However, Black Friday has forced Full Tilt executives to devote their attention to a different kind of defense, that of allegations of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and running a global Ponzi scheme. Poker sites that have rolled out their own fast-fold software have found Full Tilt’s concept to be neither patentable nor exclusive.
PokerStars’ Zoom Poker was introduced earlier this year and its popularity has grown considerably. It’s been estimated that one out of four real money cash game poker hands played online is at a Zoom Poker table.
If you want to give it a try at the iPoker Network, Titan Poker or Poker770 are your best options.