In this lesson, we explore the exciting game of holdem online speed
Just about every poker player in the world has a playing style that’s
all their own. Some players will take their time, to the point of
frustration for the other players while others will take only a few
moments to make their play.
Perhaps those that take their time do so in an attempt to throw the
others off their game.
Even if the move they end up making is simply to throw the hand away
and fold like maybe the 7-2 off suit.
Despite the fact that many card players have made their peace with such
players, the new breed of players that are out there who have been
birthed at holdem online struggle to adapt to
the slower pace of the
game. Perhaps this is because they are unaccustomed to the
playing face to face.
It can certainly be frustrating playing at a real table where hands can
and do creep along at a speed no faster than a snail’s pace once you
have become accustomed to playing speeds of 60 hands or more an hour at
the virtual tables.
This is the point at which holdem online speed poker comes in.
Holdem online speed poker is arguably one of the most
versions of Texas Holdem poker to evolve in years. Speed poker takes
the fast-paced, some would call it suicidal, action that is found
online and drops it right into the traditional poker setting.
The long pauses are history. There is no more frustration.
In return, you get an adrenaline rush that is virtually non-stop.
Add to that the pressure of potentially tournament making-or breaking-
decisions in about 15 seconds time.
Those who do fail to make their decision within the allowed time frame
will have their hands automatically checked if there was no action
prior to that or it will be declared dead when faced with the bet of
the opponent. It’s an environment that requires absolute readiness for
every single hand of the game! Holdem online speed poker is not a game
for the faint of heart!
Besides the significantly reduced time frame, you will find that holdem
online speed poker also has several deviations from the typical Texas
Let’s look at an example:
With Holdem online, only 6 players will be seated while there will be 2
dealers that work together managing the game.
Additionally, each poker hand will start out at pot limit but will then
shift to no limit betting after the flop.
The theory being that such a structure in the game will allow players
to see more flops and to make plays they may not have otherwise been
able to make in a strict no limit setting.
Despite the fact that holdem online speed poker has a growing following
and is being offered even more frequently during major tournaments, the
absolute best place to test your proficiency in speed poker is by
playing in the Aussie Millions.
This is a major tournament series that is held every year in Melbourne,
Players from all over the world compete for a $100,000 first prize in
the Aussie Millions’ Speed Poker tournament that is one of the hottest
tickets at the event.
This event is played as a regular multi-table tournament until the
playing field drops to 36 poker players. It is designed in such a
manner that the average chip count for players won’t fall to anything
less than 30 times the big blind.
This way, players are never short stacked which reduces pressure
created by the costly blinds.
The theory here is for players to play their way out of the tournament
instead of being blinded out of the game.
After the playing field has reached the 36 players in question, the
tournament will move into the semi-final round of play.
These semi-finals are basically a shootout where the top 6 chip leaders
will be assigned to 6 different tables, followed by the next 6 and so
forth. It continues until all 36 have been assigned their seat.
From there then the winner of the six shootouts will go on to the final
round to compete for the big payout.
There are indeed some so-called poker traditionalists who balk at the
idea of speed poker. They say that there is a heavier reliance on the
luck factor and a diminished psychological element. Still others find
that the fast pace and the unforgiving clock to be a greater challenge
in the game.
Holdem online speed poker condenses the pressure of the game all the
way down to the core and requires that players examine their cards,
read their opponents, make decisions and take action in a fraction of
the time it takes in standard play.
While there may indeed be more hands that require luck to a certain
extent, there are equally laudable skills required in the game and
those are the ability to think quickly among others.
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