PokerStars - Zoom Poker
PokerStars Zoom Poker
Zoom Poker Review
Two Years ago, FullTilt Poker launched arguably the biggest innovation to online poker of the last half decade. And the rally from other poker rooms has been crescendoing, asking when would their site’s own version of Rush Poker be popping up in their lobby.
If you play on PokerStars, then you need not wonder anymore. They have introduced what is essentially Rush Poker by a different name: Zoom Poker. It will be played across most stakes and across several games, including Texas Hold’em!
The actual, technical differences in the games are relatively slight, but you’ll find that the game ends up playing completely different. In short, players never have to look at cards they don’t want to play and never even have to be sitting at a table where they’ve already folded. Instead of being at a table of, say, 8 people, you would actually be part of a massive pool of players, which meant the second you folded, BAM! you would be dealt into a new table, new opponents, new cards, new everything. You are even given the opportunity to fold before the action hits you and you’ll be at your new table before anyone else can even know that you folded at the old table.
Also, you can stay informed on the who, what and how of every hand regardless of how long you stayed at the table - just use the icon in the top left to see all of the hand histories.
For PokerStars to insure that everyone pays their quota on blinds, they use the best method. Every player playing a first hand is by default the Big Blind, or the secondary criteria is that the player to have gone the longest without paying the BB has to pay up.
These games are a blast for those out there who are turned off from poker by the long waits between having playable hands.
But even blue collar players have the chance to score off this. In the days of Rush Poker, those who played for frequent play rewards were able to see their player points and MGR skyrocket because the hand rate at these tables would be up to 300 hands per hour per table! It's even super fast to clear any bonuses offered at PokerStars, as shown here: http://toptexasholdemsites.org/zoom-poker.php. Because of this, reaching 1,000+ hands per hour was no big deal; even 2,000+ became more popular--heck, it was the new 1,000!
Despite the fact that some players worry that this version will thin out donkeys from more familiar games, bringing them to tables where reads and dynamics are harder to guage, Rush Poker had a surprising effect on the games over at FTP. In actuality, dynamics were, in fact, pretty loose, since players took advantage of the guise of readless play.
Either way, PS is creating a big buzz by getting involved in the market that caught like wildfire on FullTillt Poker a couple years back.
Getting started with Zoom Poker is simple, just download the PokerStars.com client (more info), and you're good to go. If you already have PokerStars installed, you can play by simply selecting ZOOM from the top nav. Within minutes you will be playing poker faster than ever before.