What is ‘No River Hold’em’?
No River Hold’Em is a common variant of the Texas Hold’em game seen in most casinos. The game is identical to standard Hold’em, except that the final community card reveal (the ‘river’) is replaced with a third card in the hand for the player. This reduces the betting rounds by one, making it a slightly faster form of the game.
‘No River Hold’em’ Explained
In a standard Texas Hold’em game, players receive two cards to their hand (or face down to the table), and only they know the value of these cards. A further set of cards is dealt to the centre of the table, face down. There are usually five cards, making seven in total for the player to assemble the best set of five from.
The five community cards are revealed over the course of three separate rounds – the ‘flop‘, where the first three cards are shown, followed by the ‘turn‘ and the ‘river‘ – the fourth and fifth cards.
In No River Hold’em, the game is played in exactly the same way, but as the name suggests there is no river round. Instead, the player receives three cards of their own and there are four community cards in the centre of the table.
The flop and turn take place as they normally would, but the river is replaced with the final showdown. There are still seven cards in play, but the player gets the advantage of having three cards hidden from the rest of the table – and the disadvantage of not knowing an extra card in each player’s hand!
The game is sometimes seen in casinos and card rooms, but it is found more often in online poker where the games are generated digitally and where there are often many different variations available. As Texas Hold’em is far better known and therefore more popular, gambling venues usually favour it over less common variants.