Say hello to UNFOLD POKER! Ever wish you could have played the hand you folded preflop? Well, you're in luck. The mad scientists at PokerStars HQ cooked up a new format called Unfold Poker. It's another variant of Texas Hold'em, except you have the opportunity to play your folded hand... at a price, of course. Unfold players will have to bet the pot to get back into the mix, but only against other unfolders. It's almost like a second-chance pot to play with everyone who folded preflop. Nice way to generate side income while massaging the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” ego.
I'm super lazy today, so I'll simply cut and paste the press release from PokerStars...
If a player has decided to change their mind, the hand previously folded will be used to play for an “Unfold pot” made up of antes taken from each player at the beginning of each hand. Each ante will constitute a percentage of the big blind.
In order to play for the “Unfold pot” and in effect unfold their hand, players have to make a bet equal to the sum of the Unfold pot. Players who pay the Unfold stake cannot make any further bets after this point. The rest of the hand is played out amongst the main pot players while the Unfold players spectate. The Unfold pot is then awarded to the Unfold player with the strongest five card poker hand after the river is dealt. If the main pot is won before the full board is dealt, all remaining community cards will be dealt to determine the winner of the Unfold pot.
“This has never been done before,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations. “Unfold means more action and opportunities for players, reducing the all too familiar sinking feeling of making the correct pre-flop lay down, only to then find you would have flopped the nuts. We're very excited to offer something new and completely different.”
PokerStars Ambassador Felix Schneider said, “There's been so many times at the tables where I've wished I could go back and unfold my hand when I've realised I've hit a winner and now I can actually do it, which is super exciting! It's a really engaging format and keeps players entertained and sweating it out in the side pot. I think it'll also be very funny to stream on my channel and I can't wait to show my community.”
Fellow PokerStars Ambassador Fatima de Melo said, “I feel way more comfortable folding hands knowing that there's great potential to hop on to the Unfold pot if I want to. I remember playing a World Series of Poker event about five years ago and I folded 3s pre flop and the other players went all-in with aces against queens, and I would have won the hand with a set of 3s! This was for the chip lead and I was like “oh my god, why did I fold?”. Well I had to fold because they went all in pre-flop. But the Unfold button would have definitely been nice there!'
Unfold, a permanent new product, will be featured under its own tab in the PokerStars lobby. The game is currently available on .COM, .NET .UK, .EU and .DK, with more licenses to be rolled out in the future.
There are three instances where the Unfold antes will be refunded to all players:
- The main pot is decided pre-flop
- Fewer than two players fold pre-flop
- No players choose to Unfold
Eager to see how Unfold Poker unfolds over the next few months. Perhaps it will become the next big thing and the WSOP Main Event will be switched to UNFOLD HOLD'EM!!!
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