Rush Poker – FAQ

Rush Poker

What is Rush Poker?

Rush Poker is a poker format available only at Full Tilt Poker. When you play Rush Poker, you'll join a large player pool and face a different table of players every hand you play. As soon as you fold your hand, you'll be moved to another table for your next hand.

What does the Quick Fold button do?

The Quick Fold button – located at the bottom of the Rush Poker tables – moves you to another table for your next hand right away, even if the action hasn't reached you yet. Players at your previous table will not see that you have folded until it's your turn to act.

You can use the Quick Fold button at any point in a hand, unless you have committed chips to the pot and are not facing a bet (including when you are the big blind), or you are all in. Beware – once you click the Quick Fold button, there is no taking that action back.

Please note: The Quick Fold button will only appear if there are more than two full tables worth of players in the player pool.

How do posting blinds and seating position work in a Rush Poker game?

You'll post the big blind upon joining a Rush Poker game. After that, the big blind is assigned to the player who has gone the most hands without posting it. If there is a tie for who has gone the longest without posting, the big blind will be chosen randomly among the tied players. All other seating positions, including the small blind, are completely random from hand to hand.

Do I have the same amount of time to act in a Rush Poker game as I do in a standard game?

Your amount of time to act and your time bank in a Rush Poker game are the same as in a standard game, with the following exceptions:

  • During pre-flop play, if it is your turn to act and no players have raised in front of you, you will have a shortened decision time and will not have the option to activate your time bank; if there is a raise in front of you, you will have the standard decision time and the option to activate your time bank.
  • Your time bank will be fully replenished at the start of each hand.

How do I play more than one table in a Rush Poker game?

You can multi-table the same Rush Poker game by clicking the Join Now button in the Rush Poker lobby more than once. Each seat you take in a Rush Poker game is considered a different entry into the game – you can have up to four entries. Rush Poker is designed to make certain that your multiple entries will never be seated at the same table.

Are there any rules in place to ensure the integrity and fairness of a Rush Poker game?

Yes, the following rules apply to Rush Poker:

  1. A player who uses the Quick Fold option cannot be seated at his next table with any players still in the hand at the time of the Quick Fold. This prevents players who have more than one entry in a Rush Poker game from taking advantage of other players.
    1. For example: Player A has one entry in a Rush Poker game, while Player B has two. Player A is at the same table as one of Player B's entries and Quick Folds before the action reaches Player B. At his next table, Player A cannot be seated with Player B's other entry because Player B would gain an unfair advantage knowing that Player A folded out of turn at the previous table.
    2. Continuing from the example above: if Player B Quick Folds after Player A does, Player B will be allowed to sit at Player A's next table as there is no longer any advantage to be gained.
  2. A player with multiple entries in a Rush Poker game cannot have any of his entries moved to a table with another player who used the Quick Fold option at a table where one of his other entries had yet to act.
    1. For example: Player A has one entry in a Rush Poker game, while Player B has two. Player A is at the same table as one of Player B's entries and Quick Folds before the action reaches Player B. At a different table, Player B's second entry folds his hand. Player B's second entry cannot be seated at the same table as Player A because Player B would gain an unfair advantage knowing that Player A folded out of turn at the previous table.

Why can't I observe a Rush Poker game?

Every time a player in a Rush Poker game folds or finishes a hand, they are "moved" to a new table. There are no consistent tables to observe and every player has a unique view of their own action. The best way to experience Rush Poker is to try it out!

Do I earn Full Tilt Points by playing a Rush Poker game?

Yes, Full Tilt Points are awarded in the same manner as a standard game. For each dollar raked from the pot in a real-money Rush Poker ring game, 10 Full Tilt Points will be awarded based on each player's proportional contribution to the rake. See the Full Tilt Points page for a detailed explanation of earning Full Tilt Points.

Please note that you will still receive Full Tilt Points for a Rush Poker hand where you use the Quick Fold option. Provided that there is rake taken from the pot in that hand, you will receive points even if you move to another table before the hand is finished.

Happy Hour bonus Full Tilt Points are also awarded for Rush Poker games during standard Happy Hours. See the Happy Hour page for more details on earning bonus Full Tilt Points.

Rush Poker Tournaments

What is a Rush Poker Tournament?

A Rush Poker Tournament is an exclusive format available at Full Tilt Poker. When you play a Rush Poker Tournament, you'll be part of a large pool and face a different table of opponents every hand you play.

As players are eliminated from the tournament, tables will become short-handed to ensure that the pace of game play does not slow down. When the final table of the tournament is reached, the tournament will switch back to the "standard" tournament mode and hands will be played one at a time until the tournament is complete.

How is the time between blinds calculated in a Rush Poker Tournament?

In Rush Poker Tournaments, the time between blinds is based on a mixture of clock time (seconds) and number of hands played. This is done to ensure that players cannot gain an advantage by deliberately stalling. These tournaments are designed to facilitate fast play; however, there is no advantage to playing too quickly, because each hand dealt counts for at least a fixed minimum amount of time.

Do I have the same amount of time to act in a Rush Poker Tournament as I do in a standard tournament?

No, there are several differences in the amount of time you have to act in a Rush Poker Tournament:

  • If the action is on you pre-flop and there is no raise in front of you, you will have a shorter amount of time to make a decision
  • If the action is on you pre-flop and there is a raise in front of you, you will have the standard amount of time to make a decision; however, if you have not voluntarily put money into the pot, you will not be able to use your time bank
  • You will have standard decision time and the option to activate your time bank at any time after the flop is dealt
  • Disconnect time banks are not available for use in a Rush Poker Tournament – if you are disconnected from the game during a Rush Poker Tournament, you will time out and automatically fold your hands until you reconnect to the game

Why do tables go short-handed when there are fewer than 30 players remaining?

In order to maintain the fast pace of play during a Rush Poker Tournament, tables will begin playing short-handed once there are 28 or fewer players remaining. Here is the short-handed table structure for a standard nine-handed Rush Poker Tournament:

  • 22 to 28 players remaining = eight-handed tables
  • 19 to 21 players remaining = seven-handed tables
  • 16 to 18 players remaining = six-handed tables
  • 13 to 15 players remaining = five-handed tables
  • 10 to 12 players remaining = four-handed tables

Rush Poker Tournaments that start with six-handed tables will follow the same structure as above once there are less than 16 players remaining. When there are seven to nine players remaining, tables will become three-handed.

Rush Poker Tournaments that start with eight-handed tables will follow the same structure as above once there are less than 22 players remaining. When there are nine players remaining, tables will become three-handed.

What happens when the final table is reached in a Rush Poker Tournament?

Once the final table is reached in any Rush Poker Tournament, play will switch from "Rush Mode" to "Standard Mode", with one hand played at a time until the tournament is complete.

Can I observe a Rush Poker Tournament?

The only time players can observe a Rush Poker table is when a Rush Poker Tournament reaches the final table; then game play switches to "Standard Mode" and observation is allowed.

Adrenaline Rush Poker

What is Adrenaline Rush?

Adrenaline Rush is a variant of Rush Poker, in which ring games are 4-handed, buy-ins range from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 10 Big Blinds and there is no post-flop betting. You can only raise or fold, except under these circumstances: your opponent is all-in, you're facing a raise greater than your stack size or the cap of 10 Big Blinds has been reached.

What does the Raise Max checkbox do?

Select the Raise Max checkbox – located at the bottom of the Adrenaline Rush tables – and as soon as it is your turn to act, you'll automatically make the largest raise possible of either 10 Big Blinds or your remaining stack, call the maximum raise of 10 Big Blinds, call your opponent's all-in bet or go all-in.

Like Quick Fold, this option is only available before it is your turn to act.

When does the Call button appear?

The Call button only appears at Adrenaline Rush tables under the following circumstances:

  1. Another player raises the maximum amount (10 Big Blinds)
  2. You are facing a raise greater than your stack size
  3. At least one of your opponents is all-in. If there are three players active in a hand and only one of them is all-in before the cap is reached, players cannot call – in this case, the remaining players will have to raise until either opponent is all in, or until the cap is reached.

What is a Cap Game?

During a Cap Game, the maximum amount a player can bet in a single hand is limited and once the limit has been reached the betting ceases. In Adrenaline Rush, there is a cap of 10 Big Blinds. Learn more about Cap Games.