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Double Belly Buster

  1. Noun

    A five-card combination that forms two different inside straight draws; a hand including three consecutive cards, the card two ranks higher than the top card of those three, and the card two ranks lower than the bottom card of those three; double gut shot.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: A-Q-J-10-8 is a double belly buster because a King would complete the inside straight A-K-Q-J-10 and a 9 would complete the inside straight Q-J-10-9-8. This hand is only possible in games where there are at least six cards used, as the term is not used to describe such a hand when there are no remaining cards to be drawn. A double belly buster has the same probability of being completed on a given draw as does an open-ended straight draw, and the probability of completing either is twice the probability of completing an inside straight draw.


    EXAMPLE: "I was pretty happy when I made the higher end of my double belly buster on the river, but I ended up loosing to a flush."

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