By now, everyone even slightly in touch with the online poker world has heard of Rush Poker. Players discuss it at live tables, in their blogs, and via Twitter and Facebook. And it’s not just a fad; it’s an entirely new way to play poker, all courtesy of the great minds at Full Tilt Poker.
Rush Poker is not terribly complicated once a player gets the hang of it. After picking a game and choosing the buy-in amount, a player is taken to the first available table, made to post the big blind, and action begins when the table is full. Don’t like your hand? Hit the “quick fold” button and you are whipped to another table without delay. Some players even attempt two entries at a time, so the fast action is even faster, allows players to hit around 300 hands per hour, and gives the player an entirely new online poker experience.
But this new way of playing requires new strategy, and who better to give it than Howard “The Professor” Lederer. His first piece of advice is to play looser than normal and not wait for premium hands. “You must not forget that you’re still paying blinds,” he says. “And if you tighten up your starting requirements too much, those blinds will eat away at your stack. In fact, I would suggest that opening a few speculative hands (like suited connectors in middle to late positions) is a good way to try to steal a few blinds. However, you should give any 3-bet a lot of respect.”
The Professor also notes that table image is non-existent in Rush Poker. Since players are constantly changing tables, no one will notice that you raise a lot, fold a lot, or were just caught bluffing. “Instead of worrying about protecting your table image,” he advises, “you should be ruthlessly exploiting basic strategy and punishing what should be the more predictable hand ranges of your opponents.”
One can be sure that Lederer not only plays a sufficient amount of Rush Poker but has already figured out how to win at the game. He’s been doing that for decades, so his advice should not be taken lightly. By simply adjusting your game with the realization that you’re playing a different table each hand and the conditions are much different than in a usual cash game or tournament, it might make the Rush Poker experience a little easier and much more fun.
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