Rush Poker* Tournaments – FAQ
What is a Rush Poker* Tournament?
A Rush Poker* Tournament is the newest tournament 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.
What does the Quick Fold button do?
The Quick Fold button – located at the bottom of Rush Poker* Tournament 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* Tournament?
When a new table is created in a Rush Poker* Tournament, the big blind and small blind are assigned to the players who have gone the longest without posting. This ensures greater fairness, particularly in the late stages of a tournament. If there’s a tie for who has gone the longest without posting, the blind will be randomly assigned to one of the tied players. Once those positions are set, all other positions are assigned randomly.
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.
Why can’t I observe a Rush Poker* Tournament?
Because each player is “moved” to a new table after every hand and has their own unique view of the action, there are no consistent tables to observe while a Rush Poker* Tournament is in “Rush Mode”. However, once a Rush Poker* Tournament reaches the final table and game play switches to “Standard Mode”, observation is allowed.