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PokerStars‘s bringing you an exciting poker format, based on Texas Hold’em – Deep Water Hold’em, but with antes that increase when a hand doesn’t reach showdown, and a unique approach to blinds. If this sounds interesting to you and you are ready to join the action, find all the details in the text below.

Deep Water

Available exclusively at PokerStars, Deep Water Hold’em is for players of all levels.

The Rules

At the beginning of each hand, every player posts an ante. The value of antes for a given hand is based on previous hands dealt at the table:

  • If the previous hand had a showdown, the ante is reset to its lowest value
  • If the previous hand did not have a showdown, the ante value increases (up to a maximum value, displayed in your game window)

In addition, the player sat to the left of the Big Blind posts a third blind called the Giant Blind, which is double the value of the Big Blind.

The hand then plays out according to Texas Hold’em rules, with pre-flop, flop, turn and river betting rounds.

During heads-up, the player sat on the button will post a Big Blind and their opponent will post a Giant Blind.