Full Tilt Poker, the online home of such poker luminaries as Chris Ferguson, Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey, has announced the release of their Rush Poker Mobile application for the Google Android smartphone operating system. The application is in beta testing, which means that users will help the company find and correct potential software bugs.
Unlike other online poker games, which require players to wait until the completion of a hand to receive a new hand, Rush Poker instantly sends players to a new table with a new hand and a new set of opponents after they fold their hands. Rush Poker players can play thousands of hands per hour.
Android users can scan a special bar code on the Full Tilt Poker web site to start the download process. Players can also create new accounts using the Android application, but must use the standard software to make their initial deposit.
The application requires that the mobile phone support both the Android 2.2 operating system and Adobe Flash 10.1. Newer smartphones from manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, T-Mobile and others will support the application, while older phones may require a software upgrade.
Other limitations of the application include that English is the only language available. Also, US-based players will not be allowed to play real-money games due to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
According to the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the Full Tilt web site, players may experience connection drops and time lags. Players moving between Wi-Fi and 3G networks will also experience a connection drop until the phone re-establishes the network connection.