Unfold Hold’em Poker

Unfold Hold’em is similar to the globally popular game of Texas Hold’em, but with an additional side pot contested by players who fold pre-flop.

Available as a cash game format, Unfold Hold’em gives you another chance to win with every hand – even if you’re not dealt good cards! Every poker player knows the frustration of folding cards which would have flopped the nuts. Now, with Unfold Hold’em, you’ll never feel this pain again.

If you’ve played Texas Hold’em before, or seen it on TV, the rules of Unfold Hold’em are easy to pick up. Click here to read the rules of Texas Hold’em.

The Rules of Unfold Hold’em

At the start of each hand, every player pays an Unfold ante. These antes form the Unfold pot.

The hand then plays out according to normal Texas Hold’em rules. However, all players who folded pre-flop are given the chance to ‘Unfold’ once the flop is dealt. To do so, they must pay the Unfold bet, which is the sum of the Unfold pot. The choice to pay this Unfold bet is made concurrently – all eligible players decide at the same time whether to play for the Unfold pot, and those who do are clearly identified once the decision period ends.

Players who pay the Unfold bet cannot make any further bets after this point. The rest of the hand is played out among the main pot players while the Unfold players spectate. The Unfold pot is awarded to the Unfold player with the strongest 5-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.

Please note: a minimum of four players must be dealt in to a hand for the Unfold ante to be collected.

Unfold Hold’em is played as a No Limit game.

Returned Unfold antes

In the following situations, 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

How do I take my seat in Unfold Hold’em?

To start playing Unfold Hold’em, all you need to do is choose the game and stake that you want to play and the software will find a seat for you. If no seat is immediately available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list.

There may be a minimum number of hands that you must play before you can sit out or leave without incurring a time penalty. Time penalties are cumulative and should rarely impact most players. They are in place to deter players from attempting seat selection by repeatedly joining and leaving a large number of tables.

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