I wish I could tell you a surefire strategy to beat the online poker site’s new game. Â But I can’t. Â Not even close. I have no idea how to win in that game. Â I think it starts with a raise and then I’m not sure where to go from there. Maybe a little patience might give you a leg up. Â What do I know? Â I’ve logged in for forty five minutes and played more hands than my first six months of poker combined.
The thing that hit me most about Full Tilt’s Rush poker is how important it is not to look back. Â In Rush, there is no way to see how the hand would’ve ended. Â You’re whisked away to another table. Â You have a new decision to make. You don’t have time to think about what went right or wrong in the last hand.
Unlike regular poker, in Rush there is no “What if?” because the hand really doesn’t exist anymore. There’s not even a way to see “What if?” Actually, this is great, because if there ever were a shitty game, it’s Â “What if?” Â It’s a subtle variation on the timeless classic “Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.” Actually, it’s the same game with a different title. Â Kinda like playing NYC Monopoly or Grateful Dead Monopoly. Â Same game, different theme.
Now I’m not saying there isn’t a place for reflection about your game or your life. Â It’s essential. Â Just not at the table.
I always have to remember to be in the moment at the poker table. That’s the only thing that matters right now. Who cares if my KQ would have made a straight? Thinking about it only distracts me from the hand at hand. It’s a recipe to compound my losses or, if I’m basking in the glory of an amazing play, minimize my wins.
So I’m going to keep playing Rush. Stay focused and try to avoid writing blog posts while I’m doing it. Â Because at Â 300 hands an hour, it’s damn near impossible.
I play poker to help me stay focused in the present.
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