Microgaming Launches New Fast-Fold PokerPublished June 18, 2013 by OCR Editor
MPN announces replacement of heads-up cash game tables
Microgaming Poker Network has announced it is replacing its standard heads-up cash game tables with a Heads Up 8-Man Blaze, a fast fold online poker format with a maximum of eight players in each pool.
Introducing 8-Man Blaze
8-Man Blaze, or "the concept of speed-dating in online poker" as MPN is calling it, will allow only one entry per pool and cap the pool at only eight players. Instead of allowing a single unlimited player pool at each game and stake, there will be multiple 8-man pools that begin when games fill up.
Microgaming hopes the introduction of this new format will solve the industry-wide problem of "bum-hunting". This is a poker term for when a strong player grabs a seat at a regular Heads-Up table and waits for a weaker player to sit down, while refusing to play with an opponent of equal or better skill.
Poker Keeps Speeding Up
All the leading operators have launched fast-fold poker style games in the past couple of years, with MPN's own Blaze Poker (launched in March 2012) allowing players to join a pool of players competing in up to 300 hands per hour. Once a player folds their hand they immediately move to another table and are dealt another hand.
More leading online gambling operators are signing on to MPN as they continue to make changes. Ladbrokes is one of the veteran partners, while the latest to join this year was 888bet, which offers the full suite of Microgaming online poker games including Blaze and now 8-Man Blaze.