There are more variations of poker than anyone is able to count. They each come with their own unique strategies and fan base, but they are all about one thing: Playing the game we all love!
Every single game can have an encyclopedia of strategy and tips, but here we will introduce you to the four major types of poker games and the variant that you’ll most commonly see.
Let’s dive in!
Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular poker game in the world. The overwhelming majority of World Series of Poker events are Hold’em and most games online are the same. It’s hard to find a casino anywhere in the world that doesn’t have at least one table running.
In Hold’em, each player is dealt two cards and then there is a round of betting. Then, three cards are dealt, known as the Flop, and another round of betting. Next, the Turn card is dealt, followed by betting. Finally, the River card and a final round of bets. The goal is to have the best five card hand after the River.
There are two forms of Texas Hold’em:
-Limit Texas Holdem
Limit hold’em has strict rules about what size the bets can be. Before and after the flop, raises must be in increments of the Small Bet, which is equal to the Big Blind. On the turn and river bets must be in increments of two times the Big Blind. Room typically have a cap on the number of bets that can happen on each street as well.
Doyle Brunson once said that no-limit hold’em is the Cadillac of poker. The WSOP Main Event is played no-limit and millions have been won in single games. In this form of poker, you can bet as much as you like on each street. If you want, you can bet everything you have on the table before the flop even comes.
In Omaha, much like Texas Hold’em, there are five community cards dealt in total. The difference here is that each player id dealt four cards, instead of two. This makes Omaha a post-flop heavy game since in most cases you may have a 65% chance of winning at best before the flop.
-Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)
If there is a game that could overtake No-Limit Hold’em as the biggest in the world, it is PLO. Omaha games are always filled with action, but this Pot Limit variant is incredibly popular and it is becoming the game of choice for pros and amateurs alike. In fact, most of the largest pots in online poker history have been PLO. This form is marked by the limit on how much you can raise. The most you can bet or raise is the size of the pot.
Stud Poker Games
Stud games were the most popular form of poker until Texas Hold’em started growing and taking over. Unlike Hold’em or Omaha, though, there is a standard Ante and bring-in rather than the blind structure that is used in those games. Players are dealt a series of cards both face down and face up with rounds of betting taking place between deals.
-Seven Card Stud
Seven Card Stud has been called the hipster game by some. It was by far the most popular game you’d ever seen in any casino across the country. In this game, each player is dealt two cards face down and a card face up. The one with the lowest value “door card” goes first, laying the bring-in. After a round of betting, there are four more cards dealt to each player, with another round of between between each card. After the river, the player with the best five card poker hand wins!
Draw Poker Games
Draw games involve, typically, being dealt five cards and attempting to make the best hand with them. There are either three or four rounds of betting, with chances to discard some of your cards and receive new ones. This includes games like Five Card Draw, Badugi, and 2-7 Triple Draw.
-2-7 Triple Draw
This is one of the games that a lot of people haven’t heard of, but some of the top players in the world are playing this game at the highest stakes possible. The goal is to make the lowest possible hand with five cards. The “best” possible hand in this game is 23457 without a flush.
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There are so many more poker games out there and we will be teaching you how to play them! Watch this space for articles on strategy for all of your favorites, plus a few that you might not yet know you love.