Fastforward is PartyPoker's version of “fast fold” poker, a fast poker variation of Texas Hold'em that has been around for a couple of years or so now, and is offered under various names by all the major poker rooms, such as the iPoker network's “Twister” poker, and Poker Stars “Zoom Poker”.
If you're new to the concept of fast fold poker, then where have you been? Fast fold poker works as any normal poker game with one crucial difference – as soon as you fold your cards at one table, you are re-seated at a different one. As soon as your new table fills up, the deal commences.
Fast fold poker has been created for poker players who are too impatient to sit around at a poker table waiting for a decent pair of hole cards to appear in front of them. Fast fold allows you to play many more hands (or at least see many more hole cards) than you would if you were playing at a ring game table or tournament. The downside of Fast fold poker is you are never guaranteed your position in two consecutive hands. You could find yourself in early position for a dozen hands a row, or, on the other side of the coin, in late position for the same number of deals.
PartyPoker's Special Edition of fastforward trials a new interface that has been designed so you can play poker one handed, which is ideal, we guess, if you like to combine poker and table tennis, or you're eating a sandwich with the other. By gripping your phone so you thumb is free, you should be able to perform everything as necessary in order to be able to play.
For example, to fold, all you need to do is swipe your cards onto the table, as perhaps you would if you were playing in a real poker game. To call, bet or raise you swipe your chips onto the table, and a double tap indicates a check. Actually selecting the size of your bet sees things become a little trickier. There's a slider in the bottom left hand corner of the screen that you use to set your bet amount. Once you're happy, you swipe those chips onto the table.
For larger bets, you can tap on the pot to open the potbet menu. This will give you a range of bets based on the size of the pot, such as 1x, 2x, 3x … you get the picture. You swipe along the menu until you find the bet you like, and then pull it onto the table.
The result is an interface that's slightly easier to use than the normal type of interface for mobiles and tablets, although we do have to admit after twenty minutes of “thumbing” our way around the app, our thumbs were beginning to cramp up a little.
Fastforward fans in the rest of the world will have to make do with a HTML5 version, which you will need to visit the PartyPoker site to find the link for.
While the app is only available for iOS, no doubt if PartyPoker's fastforward:special edition becomes a hit, they will soon roll out a version for Android-enabled smartphones and tablets.
Even if you're not a fan (or are a confirmed hater) of fast-fold poker, you'll still have to acknowledge PartyPoker efforts in trying to take Mobile poker to the next level. If you are a fast-fold poker fan, then be prepared to experience a severely aching thumb!