Speed Hold'em Comes to Olympic Online Poker
Tuesday July 03, 2012
In general Speed Hold'em follows all the poker game fundamental rules of Texas Hold'em. To start a hand the Speed Hold'em algorithm picks up the number of needed players from the queue to accommodate one full virtual table and the hand is dealt. Blinds are always posted automatically. Once a player folds, he is immediately returned to the waiting queue to be once again seated back on a new virtual table, with a new group of players, to be dealt another hand.
There are no waiting lists for the Speed Hold'em cash games as all players that request to play Speed Hold'em are added immediately to the game pool. When playing on Speed Hold'em and regular tables simultaneously, there are no limitations other than the usual - maximum 16 tables can be opened at a time, whether cash, tournament or Speed Hold'em tables.
The Speed Hold'em algorithm is taking into consideration all of the player's previous seating positions before assigning him to a new virtual table and a new seat. This process is designed to assure that regarding the button position each player will be seated on all seat positions the same average amount of times. One player can join the main game pool several times. Each entry is counted and treated as a separate player - i.e., it has its own session and balance in the game.
The player's entry will visually stay in the same seat position all the time even if his real seat position changes when moving from one virtual table to another.
A new "Speed Fold" button is added to Speed Hold'em cash tables. Clicking on it, instantly or with minimum delay, moves the player to a new table for a new hand. When he folds, the player does not watch to the end the hand he folded.