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PartyPoker's FastForward Falling Short of PokerStars' Zoom Poker

PartyPoker's FastForward Falling Short of PokerStars' Zoom Poker | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

In recent days, PartyPoker's network, which includes sites like WPT Poker, rolled out FastForward, a fast-play option that's similar to Zoom Poker on PokerStars and Rush Poker on the old Full Tilt. According to PartyPoker's website, "You don't even have to wait for the action to hit you; if you don't want to play a hand, just hit the 'Forward Fold' button and you'll instantly be dealt into a new hand. Players at your table won't even know you have folded until it's your turn to act."

According to a recent update from PokerScout, which tracks cash game volume across the major online poker sites, FastForward's popularity has fallen well short of Zoom Poker. PokerScout officials explained the sizable discrepancy: "Although the data is preliminary, FastForward has thus far failed to attract players to the same extent as Zoom Poker on PokerStars. At PartyPoker, 8% to 9% of real money ring game players are in fast-fold games. In contrast, PokerStars had some 25% of players in fast-fold games after the launch in March."

In a March update from PokerScout shortly after Zoom Poker was unveiled, real money ring game traffic on PartyPoker, iPoker, Ongame, and Microgaming all sank by 5%. Where did the players go? PokerStars, of course, which saw its cash game traffic tick up 3% likely due to Zoom Poker.

 

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http://www.pokerlistings.com/party-poker-launches-speedy-fastforward-poker-14436

 

Unique to Party Poker is the option to play heads-up FastForward, which is quite possibly the fastest poker game on earth.

 

Full Tilt Poker was originally the first site to the market with its Rush Poker in 2010 but now most major sites offer the variant including Zoom Poker on PokerStars and Speed Poker on Titan Poker.

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iPoker develops fast-fold poker copy, Michael Gentile At Pokerfuse

iPoker develops fast-fold poker copy, Michael Gentile At Pokerfuse | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

iPoker will launch a fast-fold poker game called Speed Hold’em in the beginning of July.

 

FullTilt - Rush Poker

PokerStars - Zoom Poker

Relax - Fast Poker: used by Unibet and iGame

InstaDeal - Instadeal: used by Terminal Poker, PokerTube

Microgaming - Blaze Poker: used by Stan James

iPoker - Speed Hold'em/SprintPoker: used on bet365, possibly on William Hill and Paddy Power

PartyPoker - in development

 

Other sources:

http://pokerupdate.com/news/networks-and-rooms/ipoker-to-launch-speed-poker/

http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/06/19/playtech-to-launch-fast-fold-poker-in-july/

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Microgaming launches Blaze Poker, InsidePokerBusiness

Microgaming launches Blaze Poker, InsidePokerBusiness | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The launch follows on from PokerStars hugely succesful Zoom Poker launch, and will offer a similar gaming experience with players able to fold their hand and move immediately to a new hand at a new table.

 

Blaze Poker will offer a 'seamless' game to game transition allowing players to play up to 300 hands per hour.

 

Rival firm Relax Gaming is already live on several sites with its Fast Poker solution, which runs as a stand-alone product on sites including Unibet who operates a poker site on the Microgaming Poker Network.

 

Other sources:

http://pokerfuse.com/features/reviews/blazing-review-microgamings-foray-fast-fold-poker/

http://www.ruffpoker.com/blog/microgaming-poker-network-launches-blaze-poker/

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Fast-Fold Poker: What the Industry has to Offer, Jocelyn Wood at Pokerfuse

Fast-Fold Poker: What the Industry has to Offer, Jocelyn Wood at Pokerfuse | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

It took more than a year, but poker rooms are finally starting to understand the appeal of fast-fold poker. We take a look at the three games available to play today.

 

Yet despite the opportunity for new game formats, its popularity among players and its natural fit for casual and mobile gaming, Full Tilt enjoyed almost all of 2010 without a single competitor to the fast-fold throne.

 

InstaDeal (seen on Terminal Poker, PokerTube)

Fast Poker from Relax Gaming (Seen on Unibet and iGame)

PokerStars Zoom Poker

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Fast-fold poker takes a grip on the poker industry, InsidePokerBusiness

Fast-fold poker takes a grip on the poker industry, InsidePokerBusiness | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

There's no doubt that the fast fold poker certainly makes for a good business model. Per Hildebrand, founder of InstaDeal which offers Speed Poker as either a complete network solution or back office integration explains how the rake increase is substantial. 'Players are dealt 3-5 times more hands per hour compared to traditional online poker,' he says. 'Needless to say the rake revenues become substantial and can be compared to every player multi-tabling at your site.'

 

Hildebrand believes the format is the key to unlocking the recreational market. 'The recreational player's biggest mistake is to play too many weak starting hands,' says Hildebrand. 'This is usually because of boredom even though he may realise it's a bad long-term strategy. As he is dealt a new hand within seconds when playing Insta-deal, there is no longer a need for that type of player to “play every hand”.' And because players join a 'pool' and not a specific table, the 'bum-hunting' favoured by many a shark is no longer a legitimate strategy. 'Players can't chase players they wish to play with,' adds Hildebrand.

 

Lee Jones, PokerStars Home Games manager points to the stats from extensive Zoom beta test conducted in March and April which saw an astounding 300 million hands dealt. At one point, PokerScout.com reported that 25% of all cash games on PokerStars were being dealt on Zoom.

 

'It's a very simple concept, as the best ideas often are,' says Lydia Melton, Microgaming's head of network games. Because of the speed and excitement it may be more attractive to new poker players (including casino players) than other variants have proved to be in the past.'

 

But playing four times the hands also opens up the ability to multiply the bad decisions by four. And if the game is marketed at the casual player, it's safe to assume that there will be more bad decisions than good in the mix. In other words, casual players could also lose four times quicker than normal. It's a conundrum that Cutler's been wrestling with. 'If you've got a casual player who throws €40-50 a months at poker and they play usually about seven days in that period, then he could also easily burn through that €50 in a very short period of time,' he says.

 

For industry analyst Kim Lund, the deeper flaw with fast-fold lies in its unrealised potential. 'It's a huge step forward for online poker but so far we've only seen the most obvious application: do everything as before, just enable players to play more hands,' he says.

 

Lund says he'd like to see a more imaginative use of the underlying technology. Given his involvement with not too dissimilar products like Playhem Poker, Lund is reluctant to reveal how he would evolve the technology, but fully believes that if operators and developers start thinking outside the box, issues such as speed of losing won't be a problem. 'Loss speed is a very conceptual idea,' he says. 'The speed at which someone is losing say $20 is likely not the main reason why in the short-term they decide to reload or not. Change the fun factor and you can get away with an increase in loss speed.'

 

But Cutler is confident that could all be about to change. 'Where fast-poker really becomes a champion is in the mobile arena. That really is the true power of fast poker,' he says. 'Cash games and tournaments are too slow for the kinds of sessions associated with mobile usage and fast fold removes that issue.'

 

Other sources:

http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/07/17/fast-poker-given-go-ahead-in-italy/

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The Explosion Of Fast Fold Poker, Barry Carter at PokerStrategy

The Explosion Of Fast Fold Poker, Barry Carter at PokerStrategy | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

It is completely understandable why everyone would want to jump on the fast fold poker bandwagon; Rush Poker was lots of fun and very popular, it increases the number of hands being played and therefore rake (and deposits), it protects against certain practices that harm depositing players like data mining sites and software, and it encourages people to play in short periods of time that they otherwise would not have chosen to play in.

Not only does this protect the new players, it also stops the better players from sitting out against each other. In fact, many players are suggesting that fast fold poker would also reignite the high stakes and heads-up tables; which are rife with these problems.

Likewise, fast fold poker limits, but certainly doesn't eliminate, the edge gained with tracking software. Although this means that serious players might consider their edge would be therefore lower in fast fold poker, in the long term the games would benefit, and become much softer, as recreational players would not get slaughtered as soon as they sat down.   

Another reason, other than the patent, why operators may have jumped onto fast fold poker now is the rise of mobile poker. 2012 really looks like the year for mobile poker, and PokerStars appear to be leading the way here, releasing Zoom and their mobile client almost alongside each other. Now Zoom is available for mobile, and it seems the two concepts were a marriage made in heaven.

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Impact of High-Speed Online Poker Games, Pocket Fives

Impact of High-Speed Online Poker Games, Pocket Fives | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

In the last few weeks, we've seen several variations of high-speed online poker games introduced.

 

PocketFives asked McLoughlin for his take on the future of rapid-fire games like Zoom Poker: "It'll be based on skins rather than networks and may be a brand new business model. I think it's common sense that you'd want this type of product in your client. Poker room operators are looking for any opportunity to increase their rake yields and provide any product they can to have their customers stay and play longer. With Zoom Poker, they can rake more per hour than any other option available."

 

"More poker room rake could be considered a win-win. As posters on PocketFives have pointed out, increased rake opportunities in fast fold games allow players to achieve VIP goals faster. And from a poker room's standpoint, player juice is a primary revenue source. "It's good for loyalty," McLoughlin argued. "It's good for rake yield. It's good across the board."

 

Other sources:

http://www.egrmagazine.com/news/betsafe_and_stan_james_in_fast-paced_poker_push

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