Hold on to your hats! The pace of online poker is quickening up…
It’s not a secret that online poker has changed a lot in recent years. But it’s not just about new formats or strategic aspects, it’s more about the speed of the games. It started with a reduction in the number of players per table.
The good old tables with 9 players (9-max) are practically extinct. In the meantime, perhaps pandering to our modern society’s apparent need for instant gratification, almost everything has focused on 6-max tables. Fewer players automatically means more action and no waiting around after we’ve folded for a hand to finish, and this has generally been well-received.
Fast Cash game and Sit & Go formats
In recent years, faster formats have been gradually introduced. Let’s start with the normal cash games. Of course, there are still standard tables, but now the Fast Fold Poker tables are becoming more and more popular. As far as the poker rules go, everything works the same way as the usual Texas Holdem or Pot Limit Omaha games, with the difference being that you are in a large player pool and are immediately moved to another table as soon as you have folded your hand. There’s no hanging around – you arrive at a brand new table and immediately have a brand new hand, straight back into the action. Fold again, and you’re sent on another journey through the ether to another table, another hand, and so on as the fun continues at lightning speed.
Meanwhile, there are also special promotions at many providers that target these Fast Fold Cash Game tables. Indeed, this fresh-faced variant is now part of the portfolio of every online poker room.
The same applies to Sit & Go tournaments. Over the years, blind levels became increasingly quicker. In the past, there was a lot of action at the 9-max tables and the blinds would increase every 5-10 minutes. Today, the virtual menu features almost exclusively 6-max turbo format Sit & Go games where the blinds are on the up every 3-4 minutes. In fact, Sit & Go tournaments themselves have almost become extinct since the Spin & Go Jackpot version was launched. These are 3-player, super-turbo games that typically see blinds increase as frequently as every 1-2 minutes. Significantly, given that online poker fans are offered the opportunity to win thousands of dollars (even to become a millionaire) within minutes, it’s no surprise that so many players are tuning in.
The faster the game, the more rake is generated
It is no secret that the faster the games, the more rake is generated, which is – of course – one more reason why such formats are promoted by the providers as this in turn helps increase their own income. And the good news for poker fans is that more rake in a short time also means more rakeback for the player.
For us, as an affiliate, it is also good news when our members can generate more rake and and boost their bankroll!