Just last month, we discussed how Party Poker gave their Mac users a huge boost by adding a downloadable OS X software package. This provision means that players no longer have to deal with the restrictions of browser-based play. The OS X software addition couldn’t have come at a better time because Mac players may soon have access to a brand new FastForward poker variation, which would’ve been severely limited by browser play. That said, let’s discuss FastForward more in-depth and also talk about how a certain Party Poker pro set an impressive record.
Party Poker’s FastForward Overview
Over the past several months, many online poker rooms have been racing to add fast-play platforms. The idea is to speed up games so that successful grinders can make more profits and recreational players don’t have to wait around after folding. Apparently, Party Poker wants to join the crowd since they just recently announced beta testing for FastForward poker.
With the FastForward platform, players begin a session by joining a player pool, rather than a cash game table. From here, grinders move to the tables and begin playing poker hands like normal. However, the big twist is that when a player folds a hand, they’re immediately whisked away to another table within the pool. What’s nice is that you can even fold hands before it’s your turn; so if you’re dealt 9-2(o), you can fold right away instead of waiting to dump this garbage.
As you can see, FastForward is designed to cut out any unnecessary waiting time in between hands. The end result is that you’re able to play hundreds of additional hands per hour at your own pace. For those who are successful players, this could mean tons of extra profits!
When will FastForward Poker be Available at Party Poker?
Currently, Party Poker is beta testing FastForward in stakes of $0.01/$0.02 No-Limit Hold’em. While there is no definite timetable on when testing will end, it’s expected to conclude in 1-2 weeks – or whenever the Party staff is satisfied with the results.
Once beta testing has ended, FastForward will be made available to the public. Going further, $0.02/$0.04 and $0.05/$0.10 NL Hold’em stakes are expected to be added to the lobby. From here, Party will continue adding new stakes and Hold’em variations depending on the feedback they get from players. Assuming you’re looking to play more hands is far less time and get a 100% up to $500 signup bonus, you should download Party Poker through our link and use the “PPBN2” bonus code.
Rettenmaier goes Back-to-Back
While we’re on the subject of Party Poker, it’s worth mentioning that their newest sponsored pro, Marvin Rettenmaier, recently set a very impressive World Poker Tour record. The German just won the 2012 WPT Cyprus Main Event along with $287,784. And while this is a notable accomplishment in itself, the larger accolade comes from the fact that “Mad” Marvin became the first player to win back-to-back WPT Main Events.
His victory before Cyprus was even more prestigious because he captured the WPT Season X Championship title along with $1,196,858 in May. Of course, the win wasn’t easy since he had to outlast an elite 151-player field and a final table that included Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Nick Schulman and Stephen O’Dwyer. Counting this and the WPT Cyprus crown, Mad Marvin now has $3,026,542 in live poker tournament winnings. Here is a quick look at some of his most notable tourney accomplishments:
2010 Spanish Poker Tour Grand Finale €3,000 NL Hold’em – 1st place, $150,696
2011 France Poker Finale Paris Finale €1,800 NL Hold’em – 1st place, $332,470
2012 EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo €2,000 NL Hold’em – 1st place, $156,186
2012 WPT Season X Championship – 1st place, $1,196,858
2012 WPT Cyprus – 1st place, $287,784
With everything that Rettenmaier has done in poker, you can be absolutely sure that Party Poker is glad to have him on their team! He fits in quite well with some of their other accomplished pros such as Tony G, Kara Scott and Mike Sexton. Assuming you’re interested in testing your skills against these poker legends on the felt, you should sign up at Party Poker. As mentioned before, signing up through our Mac Poker link and using the PPBN2 code will get you up to a $500 signup bonus.