What is ‘Turbo’?
‘Turbo’ describes a poker game in which the antes and blinds rise quickly, forcing play to run much more quickly and prompting players to make decisions and move through rounds at a faster rate. Turbo games often form part of a poker contest, or are offered as a side match during a busy night at the card room.
When a poker game is described as a ‘turbo’ game, this mean that the game runs at a faster speed to normal play. This fast game is created by raising the blinds and antes at a much quicker pace. Bets will also jump more quickly. This creates a game where players need to bet high in order to see the cards, and even higher if they want to call – ensuring hands are played much more quickly, as players can be more decisive about whether to risk the round or not.
Players in turbo games tend to adopt a tight style of play, meaning that they only bet the best hands. However, this must be balanced with the loss of ante bets every time a hand is folded. Often, there are time limits imposed on a turbo game, ensuring that turns are taken as fast as possible and that many hands can be played per hour.
Turbo games are popular during poker tournaments, often as a side game or as a qualifier for the main table. Turbo poker popularity has grown since online poker became a common way to play, because internet game tend to be played at a faster pace and there are many more players waiting to join the action. Turbo poker is almost always played live against other players, although some forms of video poker which are billed as ‘turbo poker’, with hands played much faster than usual and a penalty applied to slow decision.