Fusion is very similar to hold’em in that you receive two hole cards. But after the flop, you and everyone else still remaining in the hand receive a third hole card. Following the turn, you get a fourth hole card.
Game Turns from Texas Hold’em to Omaha
As you may know, Omaha is characterized by each player receiving four hole cards to start the round. Therefore, a Fusion game gradually changes from hold’em to Omaha as rounds move past the turn.
The winner of the hand is whoever pieces together the top 5-card hand, using two out of their four hole cards along with three of the five community cards.
Unique Strategy Involved
Pocket aces is the best starting hand you can receive in Texas hold’em. But it’s important to realize that this game also blends Omaha elements, meaning pocket aces doesn’t always guarantee you anything. After all, hand winners tend to form stronger hands in Omaha games.
Another thing to consider is that you’re acting with less information than you normally would in Omaha. You don’t receive your fourth hole card until after the turn, which makes it more difficult to evaluate your hand.
Nevertheless, Fusion presents a different type of strategy that players who are experienced with hold’em and/or Omaha may enjoy.
Fusion Is Available for a Limited Time
Severin Rasset, PokerStars’ Director of Poker Innovation and Operations, discussed the site’s latest offering.
“We want to give our players games that they have never played before and bring a unique offering to the table,” Rasset said.
“Fusion mixes two well-loved formats together, giving an exciting twist to the game. We eagerly await player feedback and look forward to seeing everyone joining the tables and giving Fusion a try.”
Keep in mind that Fusion will only be offered on a temporary basis. So if you’re interested in trying it, you’d better do so soon.