PokerStars Tempest Hold’em

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We are bringing you a unique poker format, based on Texas Hold’em – PokerStars Tempest Hold’em with antes that increase until a showdown is reached, an extra pre-flop blind, and just two options for all players: all-in or fold! Find all the necessary details in the text below and join the entertainment!


Available exclusively at PokerStars, PokerStars Tempest Hold’em is easy to pick up and packed with fast, fun action.

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, but with two significant differences:

  • Players have only two options, pre-flop: to go all-in or to fold.
  • Every pot is ‘capped’, meaning that no player can wager (or lose) more than 10 Giant Blinds in a single hand.