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PokerStars May Try To Patent Fast Poker

Internet poker giant PokerStars is looking into the possibility of patenting Full Tilt Poker's Rush Poker Product after the firm acquired the troubled poker brand.

Full Tilt had originally launched Rush Poker, the first in a string of fast fold or speed poker products while it still sat atop the online poker world. After it was crippled by the US government on Black Friday the game largely went silent; that is until other online poker clients began adopting their own versions of the game.

Speaking to online poker site Pokerfuse this weekend, PokerStars Legal Chief Paul Telford spoke about the issue, saying:

"We are doing a full review of our Rush patent applications and will cross reference these with our existing Zoom patent applications to ensure we have broad protection in the area of fast fold poker."

"If necessary, we will use these patents to protect the inventive elements of the Rush and Zoom products and are working closely with our legal advisers to develop a coordinated patent enforcement strategy."

Currently some of the larger speed poker variants being offered include: Relax Gaming's Fast Poker, Instadeal, Microgaming's Blaze Poker, Party Poker with its FastForward product and Playtech's iPoker with its Speed Hold'em.

A patent on the immensely popular game could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, providing a boost to two companies that have seen a lot of adversity through the past 18 months.

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