PokerStars Rush Poker has been a Chinese Poker whisper heard on the poker streets for what seems forever. While the term ‘forever’ may seem wrong think how frustrated you get when an online poker player takes over 10 seconds to make a decision EVERY SINGLE TIME.
PokerStars Rush Poker version of the much missed Full Tilt poker variant seemed to be announced by a few PokerStars pros a few months ago. Then with a PokerStars upgrade people spotted BlitzPoker files included and we assumed that this would be the name for the PokerStars version of Rush Poker. Since then nothing new or concrete has been heard or seen.
Will PokerStars Rush Poker every be launched? Were they ever going to launch their own version of Rush Poker? Was it a great marketing ploy costing them nothing but rumours and the whole of the poker world who miss Full Tilt’s Rush Poker cash games and especially the tournaments would be signing up for PokerStars if they did not have an account with them?
Why no Rush for PokerStars?
The idea of a PokerStars Rush Poker seems to go against everything that PokerStars have been doing over the recent years. Yes PokerStars want to make money but they do not make as much money as they short term could. Instead they will take measures to protect their long term poker ecology and in a strange way perhaps make more money long term than if they were greedy now.
PokerStars do need high raking players but they have done things to not encourage PokerStars to be a grinders only site. Where the recreational players are killed as soon as they deposit to play on PokerStars and then are in no rush to deposit and play again.
PokerStars have stopped the DONs (Double Or Nothing) Sit and Go tournaments for this very reason. They also changed their rake calculation method – which effects PokerStars rakeback payments – in favour of the contributed rake method. This infuriated PokerStars rakeback grinders who set up a protest against it. A similar protest had worked before at PartyGaming but PokerStars totally won the argument and destroyed the protests effects in a great display of showing who is the online Poker Daddy.
A ‘Rush Poker’ site owned and operated by PokerStars would sort of make business sense – with their player liquidity they could totally take over the Rush Poker alternative market – but with what they have shown and how they try to protect their poker economy it would seem to be one step forward and two steps back.
Unless they can somehow keep it fairly separate from their normal PokerStars client and players? Or they have done the maths and work out that with such an opportunity a PokerStars Rush Poker is worth more than the damage it could do.
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