Double or nothing

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Double or nothing[1] (UK often double or quits) is a gamble to decide whether a loss or debt should be doubled. The result of a "double or nothing" bet is either the cancellation of a debt or the doubling of a debt.[2][3][4][5] It can be seen as a gentleman's agreement which grants losers of an initial bet a chance to win their money back, with minimal risk to the winner.


  • Person A wins an initial $5 bet against Person B.
  • Before the initial bet is repaid, Person A and Person B agree to a second bet, also in the amount of $5 or "Double or Nothing".
    • If person A wins bet 2, they are owed $10 total from Person B. $5 from the first bet + $5 from the second = $10 total.
    • If person B wins bet 2, both parties "break even", and both person A and Person B receive $0. [6][7][8]


In poker, a double or nothing tournament is a sit'n'go tournament where half of the surviving players get double the buy-in and the eliminated half does not receive any prizes. Double or nothing tournaments are mostly played by ten players (five players win) or six players (three-win), although multi-table versions, such as for 20 players, exist. The rake in these tournaments is usually smaller than in standard sit'n'go tournaments. Some poker rooms also offer triple or nothing tournaments, where one-third of the playing field gets paid.


In wagers, the same rules/applications usually apply.


Not to be confused with "doubling down" in blackjack. [9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  2. ^ Webster's third new international dictionary of the English language, unabridged. Gove, Philip Babcock, 1902-1972., Merriam-Webster, Inc. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster. 1993. ISBN 9780877792017. OCLC 27936328.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
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  4. ^ "Double or Nothing".
  5. ^ "Double or nothing - Rules and strategy of gambling".
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  7. ^ "Double or Nothing".
  8. ^ "Double or nothing - Rules and strategy of gambling".
  9. ^ "Basic Blackjack Rules".
  10. ^ "Superbahis".