A comment on our sources
One of the biggest questions asked about Full Tilt Week has been with regard to the validity of our sources. We have worked, and continue to work, for and with all of the major players in the online poker industry and we have contacts almost everywhere. We cannot claim, and never have, that this information is 100% factual but we’ve run with it because the people we’ve spoken to seemed reliable and we’ve analysed what we were given to make sure it could be viable. We’re bringing these ideas to you as they are very interesting and merit discussion.
Nobody reveals their sources, in poker journalism or elsewhere, and we don’t intend to start now. To do so would mean that information streams from all sites will dry up but more importantly livelihoods will be jeopardised and we’re not prepared to do that.
This is all the more important for this article as our contacts were very reluctant to discuss Rush Poker so our information is scarce on this. It was clear at the time that giving Rush info would be incriminating for those involved. Everything else we’ve mentioned has involved promotions whereas a new Rush Poker would involve development work, which takes time and occurs at great cost. Full Tilt Poker managed to take the world totally by surprise when they launched Rush and they have no intention, if they can help it, of giving any of the sites who’ve essentially stolen the idea a heads up on what they plan to do next.
Rush Poker 2
So, the plans for Rush are where our friends in Dublin tried to remain steadfastly tight-lipped and poker faced (everyone has a tell though) but we can expect a response from Full Tilt Poker in regard to their baby. The patent (pending) situation is going to be scrutinised in every detail and we wouldn’t be surprised if legal action came of it despite some claims that the idea cannot be protected. More likely however is that some new developments will be made to reboot the Rush construct and claim back the market share and we’re very excited at this prospect.
Happy Rush Hour
As they were very difficult to engage on this subject we chose to suggest directions they might take in the hope of identifying a tell. Given the way a left eye twitched we wouldn’t be surprised to see 24/7 Happy Hours on Rush play when FTP2 is back up and running.
Rush Poker Auto Fold
We also suggested that an auto fold system along the lines of that on the Microgaming Network could be an idea to save people wasting time having to quick fold 2,3 offsuit.
It’s a Steal
We also ventured the idea of a ‘steal’ button at which point they became actively involved in the discussion but whether that’s because they already had the idea or they plan to ‘steal’ it from us we do not know for sure.
The Rush Poker ‘steal’ button would be where you will automatically raise pre flop if it is folded round to you and you are in a late position or on the SB, regardless of what you hold.
Auto Steal? Not on my Auto Straddle
Tired of punks always stealing the blinds with their nerves of Steal (button)? Then the new Rush Poker straddle will stop them automatically taking down the blinds with no resistance. We’d so love this one to happen.
We went on to mention changes to running it twice, new games and stakes and a few other innovations we would like to see but no more reactions were forthcoming. What would you have suggested to them?
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