Ever been disappointed when you’ve looked down at your hole cards?

Well today there’s a new game on PokerStars that might be what you’re looking for.

It’s called Swap Hold’em.

There’s a clue in the name but read on for the details.

Swap Holdem logo

Swap Hold’em is available from today on Pokerstars

Hold’em with a difference

Swap hold’em is played like regular hold’em, only with one key difference.

At any point in the hand, and when it’s your turn to act, you can swap one or both of your hole cards for new ones.

You can do that for free, once per hand. Either pre-flop or post flop. Or on any street.

Like other new games we’ve introduced on PokerStars, this one presents players with new strategies, and dynamics never previously thought up.

How to play Swap Hold’em

Swap hold’em has its own tab in the client that takes you directly to Swap hold’em games.

Joining a game is easy.

The easy seat function is in use. That means once you select which stakes you want to play, you’ll be taken to a seat, or be added to the waiting list if no seats are available.

Here’s what you can expect when you sit down…

Familiar format

Game are played in a six-max format. You can swap cards at any point in the hand, provided it’s your turn to act.

You can also see whether other players have acted. They’ll be a swap icon next to their avatar showing the number of cards they swapped.

The same icon appears next to your avatar if you swap cards.

When you swap cards the icon shows next to your avatar, showing the number of cards swapped

Remember though, you don’t have to swap yours cards.

If you like the look of them, keep hold of them and play the hand like any other game of hold’em.

But if you do choose to swap, you can get a reminder of the cards you used to have by hovering over the swap icon.

Only you will see them. The same goes at showdown. Your existing hand will be shown face up, but not your swapped cards.

No one will ever know.

A sneak peek at how Swap Hold’em looks

The game, which launches today, is not yet available on i0S. The all-in cash our feature is also not supported on swap tables.

But you can get a look at what the game looks like, and how it plays, in the video below.

For more details on how to play, visit the Swap Hold’em home page.


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