Party Poker (free bankroll info) became one of the last major online poker operators to launch a fast-fold client this week with their introduction of Fast Forward Poker.
The room joins PokerStars (Zoom Poker), iPoker Network rooms like Titan and bet365 (Sprint or Speed Poker, depending on which iPoker room you choose), Microgaming (Blaze Poker), Betsafe (Fast Poker), Terminal Poker - and, let's not forget the original of the whole bunch: Full Tilt Poker's Rush Poker, which will be returning sometime before November 6th, 2012.
At least Party can claim to have the only fast-fold offering with three words in its name. If you can't be first, at least you can be the most awkwardly named!
Party's Fast Forward works pretty much like the other fast-fold clients listed above - players exist not at individual tables but in a cloud-based pool. New tables are generated dynamically from this pool for every hand, and once you exit a hand you leave that table, go back into the pool and are rapidly assigned a new table and hand.
One key difference: While you can play in multiple pools, and can occupy multiple spots in a single Fast Forward pool, Party's rules for Fast Forward limit players to 4 Fast Forward tables total - not per individual pool.
To view Fast Forward tables on Party Poker, use the lobby filters as shown below:
PokerFuse has a good overview of the basic game mechanics of the Fast Forward tables, which are currently in beta and available as play money only (probably for the next few days at least).
The launch of Fast Forward just leaves 888 Poker, Winimax, Revolution Poker Network and Merge as the top 10 rooms that have yet to roll out a fast-fold client. None of the rooms have near-term plans to introduce fast-fold - at least not plans they've discussed publicly on any level - but just in case, we thought we'd provide a quick list of the (rapidly shrinking) synonyms for "fast" that are still available.
From Thesaurus.com: PDQ, accelerated, active, agile, blue streak, breakneck, brisk, chop-chop, dashing, double-time, electric, expeditious, expeditive, flashing, fleet, fleeting, flying, hairtrigger, hasty, hot, hurried, hypersonic, in a jiffy, in nothing flat, lickety split, like a bat out of hell, like all get out, like crazy, like mad, nimble, on the double, posthaste, presto, pronto, quick, racing, rapid, ready, screamin', snap*, snappy, speedball, supersonic, swift, velocious, winged.
Chop-Chop Poker ... that has a nice ring to it.
A few screenshots of the game in action: