This article is for our beginners to get a first impression of the games that are available. There is not only the classic texas Holdem, there are so many other variations of poker, give it a try, you will see, being good in a less know poker variation isn’t that bad as you have more fishes on these tables than on regular Texas Hold’em tables. There are several forms of poker players around the world. Although they are mostly all similar in the hand ranking rules as well as in gameplay, they vary in terms of how the cards are dealt as well as the betting patterns during the game.
Following are some of the more popular variations of poker:
Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, The Cadillac…
This is one of the most popular poker games played. Texas Hold ‘Em can be played on judi online or in casinos, and can have a minimum of 2 people at a table and a maximum of 10. The game consists of four betting rounds. In Hold ‘Em poker, the players are dealt two face-down ‘hole’ cards and five face-up ‘community’ cards. The community cards are dealt over three rounds; in the first round referred to as the ‘flop’ three cards are placed face-up on the table, followed by a betting round. The next card dealt is the ‘turn’ and then the ‘river’. At showdown, the player who has made the strongest five-card hand with two of the hole cards and three of the community cards is the winner.
Omaha-Hi, Crazy Game is an Understatement…
Omaha-Hi poker is very similar in structure to Texas Hold ‘Em except instead of two hole cards, players are dealt four hole cards. The number of community cards remains the same, i.e. five. Like Hold ‘Em, Omaha poker also consists of four betting rounds, at the end of which the players have to produce a five-card strong hand with two of their four hole cards, and three of the community cards.
There are variants to Omaha-Hi poker. Omaha Hi-Lo otherwise known as Omaha 8 follows all the same rules except at showdown a player can win not just by producing the five best high cards but also the five best low cards.
Seven Card Stud, Give it a Try!
Seven Card Stud can be played with two to eight players at the table. In this variation of poker, an initial pool is built, and then each player is dealt seven cards. Of these seven, three are face-down and the other four are placed face-up for the rest of the players to see. At showdown, the player with the strongest hand of five-cards from the seven that are dealt to him is the winner.
Seven Card Stud also has its variations – Stud 8 or Stud Hi-Lo is a game where the player can win with either a best five-card high hand or the best five-card low hand.
An aspect of Seven Card stud not common to the other poker games described here is that in Seven Card if a player is dealt a set of cards that he does not want, he can discard them on the discard pile. Other players may be able to keep track of the discarded cards in order to better estimate their odds of winning the game.