Double Hold'em is already live and you can play it once you download the software update and login. The game is available in both Limit and No Limit and starts from the $0.02/$0.04 stakes all the way up to $2/$4 and $1/$2 respectively. The basic rules of Hold'em still apply, but with some adjustments.
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Read on to find out how this game is played.
Playing Hold'em with three hole cardsAt the start of a Double Hold'em hand, every player on the table is dealt three hole cards instead of two. Other than the extra hole card, nothing else has changed with regards to preflop play.
Once the preflop round of betting is concluded, the flop is dealt and here is when the key difference in Double Hold'em occurs. With the flop dealt, players now have to select one of their three hole cards to be made as the "point card" (you cannot change this card later on). Once this point card is selected, the player's hand will essentially be divided into two hands:
- Hand 1: The point card and the card to its left
- Hand 2: The point card and the card to its right
|Players select one point card after the flop is dealt
Only the best hand goes to the showdownAfter betting on the river is concluded, the system will automatically select the best five card hand from each player involved, for the showdown. The best five card hand is chosen from one of these combinations:
- All five cards on the board
- Any one of the hole cards and any four cards from the board
- Two hole cards (one must be the point card) and any three cards from the board
|Your best five card hand on the showndown
To learn more about Double Hold'em, check out PartyPoker's guide here.
Shootout Satellites and STT updatesBesides the new Double Hold'em game, brand new satellite tournaments with a shootout format will also be making an appearance on PartyPoker. There will be two types of shootouts, the Double Shootout and the Triple Shootout, and they will be available as six, nine or ten handed tournaments.
Improvements have also been made to the Single Table Tournaments (STT) on PartyPoker with the introduction of the "tourney info" section on every STT table. Players can obtain all the key statistics of the tournament at a glance. This section displays information about chips in play, the largest and smallest stacks, average stacks and your position.
|Tourney info (bottom center) for STTs
Finally, PartyPoker will also be introducing more blind levels for the STTs in the near future. This means that the STTs will no longer be capped at level 10 as they now are. More details of this change will be made available at a later date.