ZOOM Poker is a way of playing poker at PokerStars. It´s different, it´s fast and it’s a whole lot of fun. Instead of playing one table with up to 10 players, you can play a pool of up to 200 tables and 2000 players at the same time. This means an increase in your total hands per hour of up to 400%.
At first everything looks like a normal ring game, but as soon as you fold your hand, you will get dealt a completely new hand at a completely new table. That’s right, you don’t need to wait until the current hand is done, you instantly get a brand new hand. You don’t have to fold another 72o on the button, just to wait for the next marginal hand and do it again. Hit the Fast Fold button as many times as you like until you get a playable hand.
What do these features mean for your strategy? A lot! Let’s start with the obvious changes to the game.
These changes might seem obvious to you, but many players have difficulties understanding the consequences. For example, players still think they have to slow play their Aces because they played them aggressively in earlier hands. But it’s most likely that no one will notice!
Let´s get into the less obvious differences to regular NLHE poker.
The above points don’t always apply to the player in the Big Blind. She doesn’t have the option to Fast Fold as long as nobody raises. Unlike the Button or Small Blind position, she always has to wait.
Because of that, many players might defend their Big Blind more often to your late position steal attempts. This is in complete contrast to every other position in ZOOM Poker. While everyone tends to play tighter, the Big Blind might be even looser than in a regular game.
ZOOM Poker is another addition to the wide selection of poker variants that are offered on PokerStars. You should play the games that have the most appeal for you. It should be fun! Everything else comes next. To give you more input for you choice, here are some benefits of playing ZOOM Poker.
On the downside, you have less time per decision, which not only gives you less time to analyze situations, but also less time to learn from them. As soon as you fold, you can´t follow the action anymore (unless you hold the CTRL key when you click the fold button in order to watch the end of a hand). You won´t know how opponents play certain situations unless you play against them.
Which style should you play in order to be a winner at ZOOM Poker? Similar to most questions in poker, the answer is: It depends! In ring games, you know it’s best to adjust to your opponents. For example, when an opponent plays too tight, you can loosen up a bit to take advantage. This remains true in ZOOM Poker, but you now have to adjust to the whole player pool. Play tighter or looser than the average player and make further adjustments whenever possible. For example, if you are playing in a loose pool, tighten up. But if your opponent realizes you’re tight, try to widen your range.
Of course, this article doesn’t cover every aspect of ZOOM Poker strategy. There are many refinements that can turn a slight edge into a massive one. Always be aware of what happens to the player pool, consider position, adjust your play to certain opponents, and most importantly, have fun with ZOOM Poker!