Leading online gaming software supplier Playtech is to launch a new fast-paced cash poker variant, Speed Hold’em, based on the currently defunct Full Tilt’s successful Rush Poker.
Speed Hold’em tables, allowing players to quick-fold pre-flop and jump to the next hand, will go live early next month on Playtech’s iPoker network, home to the poker rooms of leading operators such as bet365, William Hill and Paddy Power.
According to a statement from iPoker today, Speed Hold’em games will appear in the lobby highlighted “with a green lightning icon” alongside regular cash games tables, apparently in common with the Blaze Poker product of Ladbrokes and 32Red poker supplier Microgaming’ that went live late last month.
PokerStars’ fast-paced poker product aimed at filing the vacuum left by the closure of Rush Poker owner Full Tilt last June launched in March of this year. Leading Scandinavian brands Unibet and Betsson-owned Betsafe recently went live on Relax Gaming’s Fast Poker network.
Playtech’s open dot.com iPoker platform is the leading poker network for cash game traffic, according to tracking site Pokerscout. It also runs regional dot.country networks in Italy (where it is the second largest cash games network with around 14% market share), France and, as of 5 June, Spain.
The London-listed supplier announced last week that it will complete its long-awaited move to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, from the smaller Alternative Investment Market (AIM), on 2 July. This morning, it confirmed the appointment of Andrew Thomas as a non-executive director with immediate effect. “It is intended that Mr Thomas will become Chair of the Playtech audit committee on his appointment,” said the company this morning. Thomas is currently chiarman of Jersey-based public house business Randalls Limited and previously served as non-executive director for JJB Sports and the Restaurant Group.
Playtech chairman Roger Wither said he was “delighted that Andrew has decided to join Playtech’s board at this exciting time in the Company’s development.”