The newest innovation for PokerStars. Showtime Hold'em is unique twist on no-limit hold'em with face up folded cards for the duration of the hand. Showtime Hold'em is played shorthanded or 6-max players. Players in a heads-up pot can view up to an additional 8 folded cards from players no longer involved in the hand.
Poker comes in all shapes and sizes. PokerStars is actively seeking new games to introduce to their players. The latest innovation to come out of PokerStars' laboratory is called Showtime Hold'em. PokerStars introduced Showtime Hold'em, a twist on traditional no-limit Texas Hold'em.
In Showtime Hold'em, folded hole cards are exposed face-up for every at the table to view throughout the duration of the hand. Showtime Hold'em is played six-handed, so in a heads-up pot, there will be a maximum of 8 additional cards (from four opponents) to help determine a decision.
PokerStars describes Showtime as: "Traditional Texas Hold'em sees players each receive two private cards (known as ‘hole cards') that belong to them alone, with five community cards then dealt face-up – known as the ‘board'. All players in the hand use these shared community cards, combined with their own hole cards, to each make their best possible five-card poker hand. What makes Showtime Hold'em different, is that every card folded by any player remains face-up and visible for the rest of the hand. This includes all cards folded pre- and post-flop."
Showtime Hold'em's biggest appeal is that you do not have to learn a new game. It's a slightly tweaked version of no-limit hold'em, which was described in the movie Rounders as the “Cadillac of poker.” Well then Showtime Hold'em is like a Cadillac with see through doors!
The exposed cards format in Showtime Hold'em should create a new wave a strategy to incorporate the new-found intel.
Showtime Hold'em will encourage nitty players to play a little looser, because their super-tight ways will be on full display.
Showtime's format, in theory, should slow down hyper-aggressive players as well.
PokerStars will seat players at Showtime Hold'em tables using the Seat Me system, which was designed to eliminate "bum hunting" or "whale hunting." You select the stakes in the Showtime lobby and you're seated automatically at the next random open seat.
Showtime Hold'em is 6-max NL and the stakes start as low as 2 cents/5 cents for a $2 buy-in. There is plenty of micro-stakes action available for players with modest bankrolls, or other players curious to give it a spin without investing too much money.
The biggest stakes for Showtime Hold'em is $5/$10 NL with a $1,000 buy-in. The current stakes are…
Showtime Hold'em Stakes
- $0.02/$0.05 stakes; $2 buy-in
- $0.05/$0.10 stakes; $5 buy-in
- $0.10/$0.25 stakes; $15 buy-in
- $0.25/$0.50 stakes; $40 buy-in
- $0.50/$1 stakes; $80 buy-in
- $1/$2 stakes; $160 buy-in
- $2.50/$5 stakes; $500 buy-in
- $5/$10 stakes; $1,000 buy-in