- In Adrenaline, only fold and raise are permitted; the buyin is set to 10 big blinds, and a 10 big-blind pot cap prevents any deep stack, more strategic play.
- An optimal push-fold strategy has been posted publicly on Google Docs.
- More recent posts in the Adrenaline Rush thread on 2+2 suggest the game may be unbeatable post-rake.
A Full Tilt Poker player has publicly posted a strategy chart for Full Tilt’s new preflop-only push/fold game Adrenaline Rush, introduced earlier this month, calling into question the long-time viability of the format.
In Adrenaline, players can only raise or fold, removing any post-flop decision making. The buyin is set to 10 big blinds, and a 10 big-blind pot cap prevents any deep stack, strategic play. Tables are 4-max, fast-fold only.
The push-fold strategy is available publicly on Google Docs and shared by “MartinC,” a poster on the 2+2 poker forums. The spreadsheet outlines the optimal open-shove ranges in each position, the correct call ranges for open-shoves, and correct overcall ranges (i.e. when more than two are already all in).
“Such an easy game, I wanted to teach my sister how to grind it and stake her,” martoncz wrote. “But the rake seems way too high.”
There is some scope for exploitatively improving on this strategy with raise/fold and raise/call lines, but the strategy chart, if correct, would ensure proper equilibria play. The chart creator does warn that rake is not taken into account in the calculations, suggesting slightly tighter play than what the charts dictate would be more accurate.
Recent posts in the Adrenaline Rush thread on 2+2 demonstrate that the game may be very tough to beat, even with optimal play. Observed stats of opponents, posted by “hypergeometry” (1, 2), indicate that none of his opponents, over a 300,000 hand sample collectively, have turned a profit.
Full Tilt is currently running knockout leaderboards with $60,000 in prize giveaways to promote the new format.