Rabbit Hunting in Poker

Rabbit Hunting in Poker

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Let’s be honest, we humans are inherently curious in nature and when it comes to thrilling games like poker, players often end up indulging in what is popularly known as rabbit hunting. Yes! You read that right, rabbit hunting! Now, as strange as it might sound, rabbit hunting poker is one of the easiest and relatively exciting concepts ever to exist in the poker world. So, what does it mean? Well, read on because in this post, we have highlighted the meaning of the term rabbit hunting poker along with a short working example.

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What does rabbit hunting poker mean?

In poker, when a player requests to see the rest of the board runout after already folding his hand he is said to be rabbit hunting poker. In other words, rabbit hunting poker is an option whereby players get the chance to see the upcoming cards in the deck upon the completion of their hand. Players generally choose to rabbit hunt in order to see how their hand would have likely turned out if they had not folded. Another interesting thing to know here is the other name for rabbit hunting poker is fox hunting.

Moving forward, let us understand the concept of rabbit hunting poker with the help of a short example.

Rabbit hunting poker – working example

Let’s assume you are playing a game of Texas Hold'em wherein you have been dealt 7 of spades and 2 of spades for starting hands. The flop round comes and 3 cards – 5 of diamonds, 4 of hearts and 10 of spades are dealt face up. Now, if you look closely, you already hold a backdoor flush draw, now all you need is two more spade cards and you are close to completing a flush. But, let’s say instead of putting the rest of your chips at risk, you decide to fold your hand and quit.

But the curiosity takes the better of you, and you request the online dealer to show you which two cards would have been dealt if you had decided to move all-in. Here, as per standard poker terms, you are indulging in what is commonly known as rabbit hunting poker.

Needless to say, rabbit hunting serves little purpose in any game of poker because it has zero impact on the earnings of a hand. Yes! It does satiate curiosity but that is all.

Vital to this, most professional poker players never truly indulge in rabbit hunting because they know it has absolutely zero relevance, but if you are an amateur or a recreational poker player then you can choose to rabbit hunt. By rabbit hunting poker, you will be able to get a fair idea whether folding was the right decision for you or not and you will accordingly be able to improve your game for the next time.

Now, whether you should indulge in rabbit hunting or not is purely your own decision. Though, if you do decide to go rabbit hunting then always make it a point to first check the rules laid down by the online or live poker room relative to fox hunting.

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