A lot of online poker rooms have tinkered with the variety of games they offer going all the way back to the early days of online poker when Ultimate Bet offered games like Crazy Pineapple. But for the most part sites have realized that players like their old standbys like Texas Holdem, PLO and Stud. There have been a few games that have caught on with masses; first Razz on Full Tilt Poker which brought about a slew of mixed games as well, next came PokerStars Badugi tables, and most recently Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker.
The latest addition to the mix comes from Party Poker, and is called Double Holdem. Double Holdem is an offshoot of Crazy Pineapple where each player is dealt three hole-cards. The difference between Crazy Pineapple and Double Holdem is that instead of discarding one of your three hole-cards you will employ one of your cards as an “anchor”. This “anchor” card can be used in conjunction with either of your other two cards to make your best 5-card hand.
For example: Suppose you were dealt AhJhJc. In this case you could use the Jh as your “anchor” card giving you two possible hands JhJc and AhJh. A foolish move would be to use the Ace as your anchor card since your two possible hand combinations are now AhJh and AhJc, basically eliminating your pocket pair from the equation –as you can see it’s probably a bad idea to play Double Holdem after a few drinks!
We’ll keep an eye on the popularity of Double Holdem and see if the game becomes a fairly popular poker variant like PLO or Razz, or if it falls by the wayside like 5-Card-Stud.
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