# In Poker What Does Running It Twice Mean

Apr 10, 2014 In a time-rake games, typically the bigger cash games, typically every half hour on a dealer change the dealers will collect X\$ (5/6/7 or more) from every player. Running the board twice or more takes more time and that's why its typically not allowed in standard pot raked games (where the rake is taken out as a percentage of each pot). A royal flush is the highest straight of cards, all in one suit: 10-J-Q-K-A. This hand is very tough to make. Being dealt this hand in five-card stud poker will happen about once in every 649,000 hands. In five card draw (or video poker), it will happen about once in every 40,000 hands. The practice of “running it twice” (or even more times) has become a common practice in some poker games. What it usually means is that, when a heads-up hand allows no more betting, because one player is all-in, the opponents can agree to see the outcome dealt twice, instead of once. A player winning both times claims the entire pot. In a time-rake games, typically the bigger cash games, typically every half hour on a dealer change the dealers will collect X\$ (5/6/7 or more) from every player. Running the board twice or more takes more time and that's why its typically not allowed in standard pot raked games (where the rake is taken out as a percentage of each pot). 0.01 is the variance of the mean for 10000 hands; which is the same as saying 0.01 is how much your observed results will differ from the mean when looking at a sample of 10000 hands. As you increase the number of hands the variance of the mean approaches zero.

Riders at a checkpoint in the 2009 Isle of Vashon TT poker run.

A poker run is an organized event in which participants, usually using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses, on foot or other means of transportation, must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. Having the best hand and winning is purely a matter of chance. The event has a time limit, however the individual participants are not timed.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the largest event was set in 2009 with 2,136 motorcyclists benefiting the Fallen Firefighter Survivors Foundation (FFSF).[1]

The record for the largest single venue event was set in 2012, with 586 motorcyclists raising money for Prostate Cancer research in Ottawa, Canada.[2]

## Variations

Poker runs usually require a fee to enter and some for each additional hand; in some events a small part of the fee may go to funding the event, including the prizes, while the rest goes to the event's charity recipient or club treasury. In charity events usually most, if not all of the funds goes to the selected charity. Prizes, such as money, plaques, or merchandise donated by commercial sponsors of the event, are awarded for the best hand. Some runs will award smaller awards for lower hands or even the lowest hand.

Each checkpoint might offer food or entertainment, either covered by the entry fee or at additional cost. Each participant is responsible to maintain the integrity of their hand during the run. Hands are usually written down or marked with punched holes on a ticket, rather than assembled from actual cards given to the riders. The only requirement is that riders arrive at the final checkpoint by the time prizes are awarded, usually near the end of the day, typically at a party with food and refreshments. It might be required that participants collect all of the requisite number of cards, five or seven, or they might be allowed to miss checkpoints and use a hand with fewer cards, though the odds of a winning hand are much lower.

## Transport

Although most events are on motorcycles, off-road vehicles, boats, or horses, events involving small aircraft, ATVs, bicycles, golf carts, snowmobiles,[3] skateboards,[4] running,[5] canoeing and kayaking,[6] and geocaching[7] have been held.

Street lined with motorcycles at a rally in Marietta, Ohio which incorporates a 'Ride for the Red' dice run benefiting the American Red Cross.

## Dice run

A dice run is one variation, where instead of collecting cards, participants roll dice at each stop. The object is to have the highest score as determined by the sum of the dice rolls.

## Notes

1. ^'Largest motorcycle Poker run - Guinness World Records Blog post - Home of the Longest, Shortest, Fastest, Tallest facts and feats'. Community.guinnessworldrecords.com. 2009-04-18. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
2. ^'Largest motorcycle poker run (single venue)'. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
3. ^[1]Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
4. ^'Poker Run', Silverfish Longboarding - The Longboard Skateboard Community - P - General Longboard Glossary, archived from the original on 12 December 2007, retrieved 2010-07-02
5. ^[2]Archived August 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
6. ^Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: Canoe/kayak poker run will benefit ill children
7. ^Geocaching.com: First Annual Lillington Poker Run

## References

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PokerStars has announced the site is to re-run its \$10 million guaranteed Sunday Million Twelfth Anniversary Edition and has also launched a new variant of NL Texas Hold´em called Split Hold´em – which bears more than a passing resemblance to the existing Run It Twice feature on cash game tables.

PokerStars has announced the site is to re-run its \$10 million guaranteed Sunday Million Twelfth Anniversary Edition and has also launched a new variant of NL Texas Hold´em called Split Hold´em – which bears more than a passing resemblance to the existing Run It Twice feature on cash game tables.

Back in February, PokerStars hosted a special Twelfth Anniversary Edition of its flagship Sunday Million tournament. The event attracted a lot of attention, but not quite enough to meet the tournament´s ambitious \$10 million guaranteed prize pool – falling about \$1.2 million short.

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## What the Heck is Split Hold´em?

When you play cash games at PokerStars, you have the option to “Run it Twice” when you or another player is All-In (the option is activated via the Settings > Gameplay tabs in the poker client). When you “Run it Twice”, the remaining community cards are dealt twice over two separate boards. The logic behind running it twice is that the option reduces variance.

Split Hold´em is basically “Run it Twice” from the pre-flop stage without the necessity of a player being all in. Each player is dealt two hole cards as in a normal hand of Texas Hold´em, and a regular round of pre-flop betting follows. Once the round of pre-flop betting is completed, two flops are dealt and a round of post-flop betting takes place.

The action continues until showdown or until all but one player folds their cards. At showdown, the remaining players reveal their cards and the pot is divided between the winner of each hand – unless one player has won both hands, in which case he or she scoops the entire pot. It takes a fair amount of concentration to master, but the game is already proving to be popular.

## New Variant Divides Poker Community

Despite attracting plenty of players (possibly due to its novelty value), the new variant of Texas Hold´em has divided the poker community. Whereas some contributors to the 2+2 poker forum insist it is great way to reduce variance and quickly collect points towards the Stars Rewards program, others argue the game is nothing more than a rake grab, as more players will be involved in more hands.

From our experience of observing the games, the action tends to happen a lot quicker than on regular NL Hold´em tables – justifying one 2+2 contributor´s comment that Split Hold´em is “more fun”. Indeed, because of its 6-Max format, it reminds us of Zoom Poker without the opportunity to go to a new table when you fold your cards.

The argument more players will be involved in more hands certainly appears to be true. Again from our experience, there appears to be an awful lot of gambling going on at the tables and not a lot of skill being shown. However, PokerStars is not making them play Split Hold´em games. The site is hosting the game, giving players the opportunity to try it, and deducting rake from the pot as they normally would.

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### In Poker What Does Running It Twice Means

The Split Hold´em games can be found under their own special tab on PokerStars´ .com and .eu platforms. They range in stakes from \$0.02/\$0.05 to \$10.00/\$20.00 with the buy-in fixed at eighty Big Blinds (so you have to buy-in with \$40.00 if you want to play at the \$0.10/\$0.25 tables). It is worth giving the games a try to form you own opinion about whether Split Hold´em is good for the game or not.

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