Aug 10, 2013
Bovada launches Zone Poker - The First US-Friendly Fast Poker Variant
By RTR Dennis
Over the past couple years, we've seen a slew of online poker networks roll out fast poker variants. But US players have been left out of the equation because these sites don't accept Americans. That's all set to change now though because the Bodog Poker Network recently unveiled Zone Poker. And since the US-friendly Bovada is under this network, Americans can also enjoy this game.
Much like other fast variants, Zone Poker whisks players away to a new table whenever their action is finished in a hand. And you can even fold your hand before the action comes to you just by clicking the "Fold Now" button. This means that you are actually playing poker the entire time, rather than waiting for others to act.
Zone Poker currently offers both No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha cash games at stakes of $0.02/$0.05 and $0.05/$0.10. Bodog/Bovada expect to add higher stakes in the future as well as the ability to play more than one Zone Poker table at a time.
One aspect that many recreational players will appreciate about this fast variant is how all screen names are anonymous. As part of their 'recreational player model,' Bodog/Bovada hides screen names on their tables to prevent bumhunting. And this has been a huge comfort to beginners and casual players, who simply want to play online poker without regs constantly targeting them.
Those who play Zone Poker will have an excellent chance to build up Poker Points at Bodog/Bovada because they'll be playing far more hands. Grinders can then use these points to do a variety of things such as enter the Weekly $5k PTS Freeroll, buy into tournaments for free, or simply exchange their points for cash.
Zone Poker offers more rewards, more hands per hour and less waiting time - sounds like a winning combination!