What is Hand-for-Hand play in tournaments?

What is Hand-for-Hand play and is it supported for tournaments?

  • Hand-for-Hand play occurs when only one player needs to be eliminated before the tournament reaches in-the-money (ITM).
  • In tournament poker, Hand-for-Hand stage is also known as the bubble.
  • At this stage, cards for the next hand will not be dealt until all hands have been completed and requires all hands to be dealt at the same time.
  • This will continue until one player is knocked out and the tournament reaches ITM. In tournament poker, this is known as when the bubble bursts.
  • Hand-for-Hand play is intended to prevent players from stalling or deliberately taking as long as possible to act in hopes of reaching ITM.

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