It appears that online poker sites that host fast-action poker games where players are instantly dealt once they fold are no longer the exception but the norm in online poker. This week the second largest online poker provider, iPoker, announced it was launching “Speed Holdem” tables in beta-mode with stakes ranging from $.02/$.05 up to $.50/$1 games.
The launch of Speed Holdem games brings iPoker up to speed with the likes of PokerStars (Zoom Poker), the MicroGaming Network (Blaze Poker), Relax Gaming (Fast Poker), and of course the original provider of these games, the now offline Full Tilt Poker which revolutionized online poker with the creation of Rush Poker.
Currently iPoker sites (Titan Poker, Dafa Poker, and Winner Poker among other sites) is offering Speed Holdem at the aforementioned stakes but only for No Limit Holdem games at this time, although the network does plan to expand the stakes and game formats available in the future, with plans already in the works for PLO Fast Holdem tables.
So far players have been very impressed with the Speed Holdem games at iPoker, and the traffic numbers have been very solid. One area where Speed Holdem has surpassed its predecessors is in the number of tables a player can participate in. iPoker is allowing players to play up to 10 tables at the same time, which based on the speed of the game almost seems like a superhuman feat.
A complaint that players have been lodging with iPoker’s version of fast-fold poker is that there is no simple way to see the result of a hand where you have folded. Most versions of fast-fold poker games allow the player to watch the remainder of the hand if they so desire, and hopefully the iPoker Network is working on a fix for this.
Fast-paced games like Speed Holdem are growing in popularity because they allow players to put in more hands than ever before due to the structure of the game. Instead of taking a specific seat at a specific table, players participating in Speed Holdem join a play-pool and are randomly placed at a poker table (if there are 120 players in the $.25/$.50 6-Max NLHE game’s pool there will be 20 tables total). As soon as players fold their current hand they are instantly brought to a new table and dealt a fresh hand with other players from the player pool. The game not only increases the pace but it also keeps players from being exploited by a single player by constantly changing the players you find yourself up against as well as your position at the table relative to these players.
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