PokerStars Rolls Out Zoom Poker TournamentsFriday, January 4th, 2013 by Ryan
If you’ve been keeping up with the online poker game throughout the sites, you’ll notice that one thing that has quickly become incredibly popular, thanks to Full Tilt as a matter of fact, is what we would call “speed poker”. A few different sites have done it throughout the past year or two, and each have different names and ideas behind it though. One online poker site that does it very well is PokerStars with their “Zoom Poker”. Zoom Poker is a fast fold poker variation, and has been available for players to take advantage of for around a year now in the cash games. One thing that they didn’t expand it to though was the tournaments, and with 2013 kicking off, they have decided to expand things to the tournament schedule as well.
Interestingly, PokerStars didn’t seem to put too much out about it, as they apparently just went ahead and added the Zoom Poker tournaments to the PokerStars lobby at the end of the year. They did it on the 31st of December to be exactly, and while they are in a Beta mode right now to make sure that they are able to work out any kinks before anything, you are going to be able to play at the lower stakes. The games currently offered are at the $1, €1, and $1.35 stakes. The different tournaments offered right now are going to start up every two hours on the 7′s to keep things rolling along consistently. As far as what games are being tested right now, you are going to find things like No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, turbo tournaments, knockout tournaments, and short-handed events as well.
The tournaments that are running at PokerStars right now have a cap set on them of 5,000 players, which could be expanded or taken down in the near future. When Zoom Poker was originally announced in March of last year, it was the exact idea that Rush Poker was from Full Tilt Poker. As you may know now, Full Tilt Poker has been bought by PokerStars, and is operated by the massive poker site as well. The reason why the action is called fast-fold is because of the fact that it allows players to be able to fold their hand instantly, and be moved to another table to play a different hand. Even if you fold your hand before the action gets to you the other players at the table won’t be able to see that until it gets right to you.
You’ll find that both professional poker players and recreational players both enjoy the style of play, for different reasons. Obviously the recreational players don’t like to sit back and wait between hands and have some trouble dealing with being patient and potentially end up bored. It adds for constant action, which makes the game quite a bit more enjoyable for many. The pro players get to see more hands per day, which means that they can pump up their Frequent Player Points and be able to play quite a few additional pots also.
Zoom Poker has grown rapidly, and after it was released it was reported that nearly a quarter of the cash game players at PokerStars were playing at the fast paced tables. A key reason for this is because of the fact that you get to see so many more hands per hour, and at one point half of the cash game poker games that were being played at PokerStars were the Zoom Poker style. Zoom Poker tournaments are likely to draw additional interest also, and it should be quite an interesting few weeks to see how they affect the numbers and how many regular tournament players head to the Zoom Poker tournaments as well.
We’ll keep you updated as PokerStars expands the game to the higher levels and gets out of the beta mode. Players are enjoying the lower limit games for now, but as they finish working out those kinks you’ll find that Stars is going to add additional games at the higher limits to get even more interest from the higher stakes players also.