PokerStars has introduced a new “Run It Twice” feature, a popular player option found in many high-stakes cash games.
Like fast fold poker, this innovative concept was first introduced to online poker by Full Tilt. PokerStars has said they will not take extra rake from pots that are run twice, according to PokerStars.
In order to be able to use the “Run It Twice” feature, you have to have selected it prior to the start of a hand. All players still in the hand also have to have chosen “Run It Twice” and only players who are “All-In” before the river card is dealt can participate. There are three opportunities for a hand to be run twice depending on when all the players have selected to go all-in: before the flop, before the turn or before the river.
A player cannot select to Run It Twice after a hand has been dealt.
The feature should be available for real money play in the next major software update. A new lobby interface is also in the works.
In related news, PokerStars intend to pursue patent infringement lawsuits against competing operators offering fast fold poker, a concept that was originally developed and patented by Full Tilt Poker as Rush Poker.
Fast fold poker now accounts for a significant share of the cash game market, apparently one in four hands played, and most poker sites now offer their own variation of fast fold poker. iPoker has Speed Hold’em, Microgaming has Blaze Poker, PartyPoker has FastForward and two independent fast-fold networks also exist, Instadeal and Relax Gaming. PokerStars who now own Full Tilt also introduced Zoom Poker before the acquisition for which they have also filed a patent.
It will be interesting to see if between the two patents, PokerStars can get their competitors to stop offering the popular variation.