While players – or former players, to be more specific – at Full Tilt Poker are bemoaning the potential loss of their bankrolls thanks to the site’s legal trouble, there’s another loss the poker community has suffered with the demise of Full Tilt Poker: Rush Poker.
Of all the innovations brought about by online poker, none harnessed the uniqueness of the Internet in such a way as Rush Poker. Rush represented a real transformation of the game of poker by making each hand a self-contained game, a concept that – when executed in the form of the Rush Poker game client – changed many people’s idea of what online poker could be.
In fact, it was such a great idea that it was only a matter of time before competitors saw the value and developed a Rush-like client of their own. Rumor has it that PokerStars has one in the works, but the only room that actually has a product at market as we write this article is Terminal Poker.
Terminal Poker, in fact, is all Rush-style poker. It’s not just a part of their client, it’s the entire client. Terminal has also embraced the obvious advantages of Rush-style cloud poker for mobile poker by quickly releasing a full-fledged mobile version of the software.
While the player pools at Terminal are smaller and the stakes are lower, everything else about the client is great. The graphics are clean and fun, the deal speed is solid and the game flow is similar in quality to Rush.
Should we expect to see more rooms like Terminal pop up? You can watch sites that offer new poker website reviews to keep up with what’s coming down the pipe, but don’t be surprised to see more and more cloud-based poker in the weeks and months to come – because regardless of how Full Tilt shakes out, Rush Poker, or something quite like it, seems here for the long run.