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Feb 11 2010

Rush Poker – New Game at Full Tilt

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Rush Poker is the new poker game available exclusively at Full Tilt Poker. Rush Poker abides by the same standard set of poker rules that everyone is used to, but it offers an exciting twist. As soon as players fold their hand they will be instantly moved to a new table where they receive two new cards. This eliminates the waiting between hands. What this also does is change the strategy that most players are used to.

Typically poker players are able to turn a profit based on, in part, the inability of other players to play patiently. It is easy to take advantage of players who force the issue when they don’t have to. Rush Poker makes it difficult to exploit other’s impatience as a new hand is always starting. Does this mean that there isn’t any type of optimal strategy for Rush Poker? Absolutely not, in fact Rush Poker strategy is incredibly simple to adhere to.

Sticking to the Basics

Online poker has certainly seen a jump in the average skill level over the past few years. Most players are going to end up losing, even if only a little, money if they simply apply an ABC poker strategy. With Rush Poker, however, an ABC poker strategy can be extremely successful. All that you will have to do is pick your spots and take advantage of players who overplay their mediocre holdings.

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Jan 4 2010

MIT Student + Card Counting = BIG BUCKS

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Blackjack Basic Strategy Chart Courtesy of

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Andy ‘The Rock” Bloch is a well known poker player. He has earned over $4.1 million in career tournament earnings, but did you know that he was also a member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team? He had already graduated from MIT (in l992) but had been accepted to Harvard Law School, and it was the Blackjack Team that funded his tuition (a hefty $41,500 a year), and all his living expenses, as well.


In 1979 there was an Independent Activities Program offered to the MIT students called “How to Gamble if You Must.” It was just an informal club held on campus where students could apply their high IQs and beat each other at a variety of card games. It did not take these bright students long before they realized they could have fun and make some money doing it.

They did not have to be geniuses to realize that Blackjack was the game to play!  In order to win at casino blackjack your cards must add up to 21 or be as close to 21 as possible without going over. If the house has a lower hand (total score) than you, or goes over 21, YOU WIN. If it’s a tie, then nobody wins. If the house gets 21, YOU LOSE.

The students at MIT just happened to be exceptionally intelligent students with a gift for mathematics and science. When they put this all together with cards, they quickly figured out that they could count cards with ease and that card counting techniques came naturally to them.

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