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“Snap Poker,” 888’s version of fast-fold poker, is now available to select players for alpha-testing at the $.01/$.02 level according to PokerFuse.com.
With Snap Poker, 888 will join Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Microgaming, iPoker, OnGame, Party Poker, and Bodog as fast-fold poker providers.
In a standard poker game a player selects a specific table by sitting in an open seat or joining the wait-list and taking the next available seat in the game. This seat will be the player’s home for the entirety of their session.
In fast-fold poker you do not join a table; instead you join a player pool at a specific stake level. Each player is then randomly assigned a seat and as soon as a player folds or reaches showdown they are transported to a new table with other players from the pool who have also folded.
With fast-fold poker, players no longer have to wait for the current hand to end after they have folded.
Fast-fold poker burst onto the poker scene in 2010 when Full Tilt Poker launched Rush Poker.
With Full Tilt threatening lawsuits against anyone who copied their “patent-pending” product, it would take until after Black Friday (with Full Tilt poker in complete disarray) for poker sites to pluck-up the courage to launch their own fast-fold poker games, and end Full Tilt’s fast-fold monopoly.
An online-specific innovation, fast-fold poker is one of the rare poker advancements that is beneficial to both the player and the poker site, as it accomplishes the difficult task of allowing players to participate in more hands per hour –which means more money for the winners, and more money for the poker room via the rake from all those extra hands.
Along with another Full Tilt Poker creation, multi-entry tournaments, fast-fold poker has started to create some distance between live poker games and online poker games, which is why some consider it among the greatest advancements in online poker since the RNG.
In the past the only difference between live and online poker was a lack of a physical opponent sitting in front of you, but with fast-fold poker, multi-entry tournaments, and the prevalence of HUD’s and tracking software, the online game is no longer a faceless version of live poker. The game has evolved to a point where it is becoming its own species so to speak, with players needing a completely different skill-set to thrive.
While both require a player to understand the strategies and math of the game, the secondary skills needed to succeed in both arenas have become more and more divergent.
Live poker secondary skills include:
An Ability to deal with high variance
Hiding physical tells/spotting physical tells in others
Online poker secondary skills include:
Fast decision making
Ability to play high volume
Data collection and analysis
And fast-fold poker is the perfect storm for players who have all of these skills.