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1 6-max No-Limit Hold ‘em Table: 250 Hands Per Hour

It’s been 6 days since my last blog post, and it’s been raining a bunch in Vegas. I miss the sun, but it’s stupid to complain about rain here; we need every damn drop of water we can get!

Meanwhile, John Vorhaus (JV) was in town over the weekend. He played in a celebrity charity event for the Heartland Poker Tour at Red Rock. Saturday night, JV and his wife, Maxx, treated Evelyn and I to dinner at Hachi, a Japanese restaurant located inside Red Rock. It was an evening of great conversation and great food. Afterwards, JV and I hit up a no-limit hold’em cash game. Live players are so much worse than their online counterparts, but not bad enough to justify playing only 30 hands per hour at a 10-handed no-limit hold’em table.

Having said that, I was really impressed with the poker room at Red Rock. Their dealers were skilled and friendly, and there was an active interest list for a $6-$12 mix game which got up to 8 people (including me). Unfortunately, all the tables in the poker room were already filled. But at that point, it was getting pretty close to Evelyn’s bedtime anyhow, so we headed out and I got in about 3,000 hands on PokerStars before going to sleep.

Apparently, the $6-$12 mix runs regularly at Red Rock, so I’ll also be visiting there again some time soon to smoke some live fish at badugi and 2-7 triple draw.

In online poker news, about 10 days remain in PokerStars’ VIP store discount promotion. Though the $1,500 Supernova bonus was a sweet buy, it looks like PokerStars has been saving much of the best for last. I’m looking forward to picking up some cash bonuses and tournament entry tickets over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Full Tilt introduced something pretty revolutionary a few days ago: Rush Poker. In Rush Poker, you’re pooled with everybody else playing the same game type, and as soon as you fold (or hit the Quick Fold preaction button before it’s your turn to act), you get taken to another table. It’s possible to have more than one table open, and each table you have open equates to roughly 250 hands per hour (at least for 6-max no-limit hold’em cash games).

Rush Poker is a way to get those who only play 1 or 2 tables at once many more hands per hour. I think it’s a great idea and that it has the potential to become a somewhat popular offering. If you haven’t tried it, I’d encourage you to give it a shot.

Even though I feel like everybody out there should try Rush Poker at least once, I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan. To me, the follow equation sums up Rush Poker:

Rush Poker = Multitabling – HUD – Table Selection

So far in 2010, I’ve played just under 30K hands 6-max no-limit hold’em (12-13 tabling) for a win rate of over 2 PTBB/100. The keys to my performance have been:

1.) Leaving tables filled with players who are only marginally exploitable
2.) Actively seeking out tables with known fish
3.) Knowing which opponents I can make exploitative adjustments against

My baseline 6-max no-limit hold’em game is extremely tough to beat, but a bunch of break-even 15- and 18-tabling in 2009 leads me to believe that Rush Poker takes away the tools that allow me to multitable profitably. To tell the truth, I’m slightly worried that some of the recreational 1-2 tablers (who tend to be the most exploitable players) will gravitate towards Rush Poker (and the variants that are bound to pop up on other sites despite Full Tilt’s pending patent). But we’ll see what the future holds.

As a final note, I should say that I don’t know about how Hold’em Manager works with Rush Poker; however, Poker Tracker 3 needs a hand before the HUD displays properly, meaning that its HUD never displays statistics for the players you’re currently in a hand with. Until an update is released, the Poker Tracker 3 HUD is useless for Rush Poker.

May Your EV Always Be Positive!

Tony Guerrera


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2 Responses to “1 6-max No-Limit Hold ‘em Table: 250 Hands Per Hour”

  1. jean says:

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  2. Gear Knobs says:

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