"Do you feel the need…
"The need for SPEED?" is Mardi Gras' Big Easy latest promotional cry.
The card room is trying "speed poker" for $1-$2 no-limit players.
Speed hold’em is just like regular hold’em with just a few things to keep in mind, Director of Poker David Litvin says.
Internet players will enjoy it, he reasons, because they're used to playing fast. I'm a tight player, so I enjoy it, too, because I fold a little more than most.
Players on speed hold’em can expect each other to act IMMEDIATELY on routine decisions
Players on speed hold’em can expect each other to act in no more that 5-10 seconds on any action
Players can expect each other to remain actively engaged in the game at all times and to always be ready to act when it is their turn
Players who cannot or will not meet these expectations may be asked to return to one of the card room's regular games
Dealers will immediately announce the amount of any bet or raise
Dealers will immediately count down and announce all bets
Dealers will make every effort to keep the game moving at a fast pace at all times and will prompt players to remind them when it is their turn to act