Rules of Double Flop Holdem Poker

Double Flop Holdem is a fairly unique variation of standard Texas Hold'em although the structure is very similar. The name of the game doesn't leave much to the imagination. You guessed it - there are two simultaneous boards (see board cards) in play in any one game. The game play is pretty much identical to Hold'em. Each player is dealt two hole cards and then the flop is dealt followed by the turn and the river at the same time on each board (no change to the sequence). Each board will still have five cards and you will always have two hole cards in your hand just like in the standard Hold'em game. So there really isn't anything too different other than the two boards in play.

Here is how the board would look after all cards had been dealt:

Your Hand (hole cards)
10 Hearts 9 Hearts

Board 1
Board 2
Six Hearts
Ace Hearts
Jack Hearts
Jack Spades
2 Hearts
6 Diamonds
10 Spades
5 Spades
6 Clubs
Jack Clubs
The Flop
The Turn
The River
The Flop
The Turn
The River

You should not indicate which board you are playing until the river card is dealt and players turn over their cards. In the example above, you have a flush on board 1 using the two hearts in your hand with three hearts on the board. You also have two pair, tens and sixes on board 2.

It is up to the players in the game to decide amongst themselves whether the winner of each board splits (takes half of the entire pot) the pot or the best hand using both boards takes down the entire pot - it is regularly played both ways. Some players like to play that the strongest hand from either board takes down the whole pot.

Remember you cannot mix and match, meaning you cannot use a combination of board cards from board 1 and 2 to make a hand. The aim of the game is for players to make the best hand on each independent board.

Due to the fact that you are playing two boards, your premium starting hands become even stronger as you have two opportunities to make a big hand once the cards are out (although your opponents do too!). At the same time, you will have a lot more information as it is still only one deck that is used and you will have sight of an additional five cards, which will help you with your calculations.

To date there is no online room that offers an online version of this game but it is a fun game and would be a great addition or alternative at any home game.

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