All you need to know & how it fares against its competitors
No-one can have failed to notice over the last few years just how much the popularity of poker’s really taken off. For example this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas attracted a huge entry of over 107,000 players, one of the largest in its history.
There’s a widespread feeling that even more players could be encouraged to take up the game but for one key barrier: the time it can take to play. In today’s world few can afford to devote the hours that some games can take before a winner emerges.
So, just as 20:20 cricket transformed the fortunes of that sport through the introduction of a shorter format, both land-based and online casinos have gradually been introducing poker games that are easy to enter and quick to play.
One of the latest of these is 888poker’s BLAST Sit and Go game. It’s a standard Texas Hold’em style game but which has some key features that make it fast to play with an extra element of interest – plus the chance to win big prizes for a relatively low buy-in.
The way the game works is simple. First you need to register for a game and, once three other players have joined you, the game’s ready to start. It’s at this point that the mystery prize pool is randomly determined, but you could end up playing for 10,000 times the amount of your buy-in.
When the game begins the BLAST timer starts its countdown – and the higher the prize pool the longer the timer will be. Every player starts with 1,500 chips which they use to bet on the hands as the game unfolds. Then, when the timer reaches zero, all players are automatically placed all-in until one emerges victorious and scoops the prize pot. It’s a fast and furious way to play the game that also gives you the chance to enjoy some truly massive wins.
Of course, it’s not the only fast game of poker in town. There are a number of others including Speed or Rush Poker. In this the pace is kept up not by playing against the clock but by speeding up the hands you are dealt. So each time you fold you are immediately dealt another and find yourself playing against another group of players entirely. Omaha poker is also gaining popularity – the fact that you are dealt four cards at the start instead of Texas Hold’em’s two gives you far more possible plays.
However, neither of these variations manage to combine both the fast pace of BLAST Sit and Go with the exciting uncertainty of what the prize pot is going to be – both very compelling reasons to regard it as poker’s most thrilling innovation for years.