Back in early 2010, Full Tilt unveiled the revolutionary form of poker known as “Rush Poker” and took the online poker community by storm. Rush poker was met with resounding success, as people flocked to the poker room to try it out.
The concept behind Rush poker was simple. As soon as a player completes a hand, either by going to showdown, or folding, they were instantly moved to a new table and dealt a new hand. Rush poker offered action junkies their fix, by offering more hands per hour, upwards of 3-4 times the normal hands a player could play at a single normal table.
While this new style of poker was definitely innovative, the concepts patentability is now being called into question by the InstaDeal Poker Network.
Full Tilt has applied for patents for Rush Poker in many markets, including the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Full Tilt has made it clear that they intend to vigorously protect their concept, and has stated “Full Tilt Poker, its Affiliates and/or its Parent Company will take vigorous legal action against any infringement of their patent rights.”
Hildebrand stated the advice he got from his attorneys in regards to Rush Poker acquiring a patent was “fairly negative” as Full Tilt only met one of the criteria required for a patent. He went on to say that he was “confident they were never going to get a patent, so we felt it was safe to start moving forward with InstaDeal”.
With that in mind Hildebrand felt confident they could move forward, and after many years of development, InstalDeal has unveiled their own version of Rush Poker that targets both mobile platform as well as regular computer users”.
Hildebrand went on to say “We are a small company that has developed a great product so we’re happy with others thinking the FTP patent applied for so long”.
On another note, it’s also rumored that Poker Stars has been looking into launching their own version of Rush Poker. Back in September, a post was made on a poker forum by someone by the name of “Pokerstars Stefan”, who alleged they were an affiliate of the Poker Stars management Team. The post claimed that Poker Stars is also “developing a fast moving ring game product, which will be available for public testing in the near future”.