Poker is primarily a game played by individuals in competition against one another. That is to say, unlike card games commonly played with partners like bridge, spades, or euchre, poker is a game that almost always is a single-player game in which every player is in it for him or herself.
That hasn’t stopped some from wondering… can two people play Texas hold’em? That is to say, is there a way to play poker with partners like in other card games? There are in fact ways that two players can “team up” and play together against other poker partnerships.
How to play poker with two players
Over the years there have been a few different methods of playing poker with two people or in teams that have been attempted, with a couple becoming somewhat popular. By far the best known version of two-player poker is the “tag team” format made famous by the reintroduction of a “tag team” event at the World Series of Poker at Jasabola.
Some may not realize that when the “Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em” event was added to the schedule in 2016, it wasn’t the first time the WSOP had experimented with two player poker games. From 1979-1983 there had been a “Mixed Doubles” event in which two-player teams consisting of one man and one woman could play. Doyle Brunson won a bracelet in the first one, actually, winning the event in 1979 with Starla Brodie.
The “tag team” format can be followed in different ways, though the main idea is essentially the same in all of them. The game doesn’t really change at all in terms of the rules. The only real difference is that instead of one player playing a stack of chips throughout a tournament, other players can “tag” in and take over, kind of like the way partners tag in for one another in a wrestling match.
At the WSOP, each player in a team is required to play at least one full orbit at some point during the tournament. Teams can have two, three, or four players, but however many are on team, each one has to play one full “round of blinds” or the team will be disqualified.
Also, players can tag in and out between hands, but not during a hand. That means if one player gets to the flop and isn’t sure about how to proceed, that player can’t tag out and let a teammate finish out the hand. The player changes are only allowed after one hand is over and before another begins.
Versions of “tag team” poker played elsewhere have introduced different rules, with limitations on the frequency of substitutions, minimum requirements for the amount of time a player must play before tagging out (e.g., one hand, one orbit, a half-hour), and so on.
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YAY! Agreed, we had an amazing time!
it’s raining in London now Jason…(tears)….
Wow-seems like ages!!!
Jason Yormark says
I miss your femininity.
Suma Kashi says
I’d by lying if I said this team didn’t make me a better person. Damn, good times…
Kari Sterling (Stander) says
Aww, I miss this team! Thanks for making those years so memorable!!
Lauren Taft-McPhee says
Is it sad that I teared up a little bit watching this? Definitely miss the old CAST bunch!
Jason Yormark says
For you? Not at all. Alan? Definitely.
Kelli Hildebrand says
How about a non-CAST member that loved the CAST team to bits? Can I say hi too?
Gabriela Bayardo says
couldn’t agree more with all of the comments!!!!
Reshma Solanki says
This provided me with a much needed study break! So many great times – and awkkkward photos.
jason that was so great! good memories on that team 🙂
Thanks Jason for the reminder – what a fun and amazing group of people! “Hi” – Eileen
Sarah Reagan says
i feel very happy to watch this, as i sit at my desk in far away Maine, it reminds me of how much i loved you guys- and am glad to have those memories
Robby B says
Thanks J-yo…quite a group! Thanks also for the shocking reminder that I’ve been eaten by a fat guy.
Mike S says
Love it. I just wish there were more awkward Matty D photos…
If only you could bottle team chemistry. Then again, it would probably smell weird.