Full Tilt recently introduced a clever feature called Full Tilt Run it Twice. Full Tilt run it Twice refers to dealing two separate outcomes, each worth half the pot, on a single hand of poker.
For example, on High Stakes Poker Season 4 Daniel Negreanu and Jennifer Harman decided to run it twice on a flop of Td 7c Kd. Negreanu held KhQh for top pair, but Harman was in the lead with two pair holding 7sTs. Since they agreed to run it twice, the turn and river would be dealt two times. The first turn and river came Js 9s giving Negreanu the winning hand, and half the pot, with a straight nine to king. The second turn and river came As Qc giving Negreanu the winning hand with a higher two pair than Harman, kings over queens. Negreanu won the entire pot since he won both iterations of the hand.
The Full Tilt Run it Twice option is usually used to reduce variance; the more outcomes that are dealt allows players to become closer to the statistical long run. Players would strongly consider using Full Tilt Run it Twice when two players have about 50% equity in a hand. For example, in Pot Limit Omaha when one player has KhKdAc3c against another players 8s9sThJh on a flop of 6s 7s Kc, using the Full Tilt Run it Twice feature would be ideal. The chance of splitting the pot reduces the variance and some of the massive swings associated with PLO and No Limit Hold 'Em.
One of the cons of Full Tilt Run it Twice, especially for lowstakes poker players, is the increased rake that comes with using the Full Tilt Run it Twice alternative. The maximum rake increases 33% , from $3 to $4. For example, two players might agree to use the Full Tilt Run it Twice option when one player is holding AdQh and the other is holding 5d6d on a board of 4d Qd 3c. With both players a virtual coinflip to win the hand, this seems like a great situation to use the Full Tilt Run it Twice option. However, lowstake poker players might be unaware that any pot over $60 is subject to a Full Tilt Run it Twice up charge. If the pot was $80, the players would be paying $4 in rake instead of $3. Over time, this additional rake associated with running it twice will add up and cut into the win rate of many lowstake poker players.
When deciding to utilize Full Tilt Run it Twice, keep in mind that on High Stakes Poker Barry Greenstein refused to Run it Twice, holding aces, versus Sammy Farha. Farha flopped a King and Greenstein didn't improve and lost a pot of more than $360,000!
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