Different Versions of Poker

Poker is one of the most popular games played in a casino, may it be a land based one or an online casino. Due this fact, several versions of poker emerged, all of them having the same goal: to have the best hand and win. But what exactly are these poker variations? How much do they differ from one another? Is it enough to learn one type of poker in order to know them all? In this article I will try to answer all these questions, and I will give an overview on a few poker versions, since it would be impossible to deal with all of them in a single article. The two main poker categories are Draw and Stud poker. In Draw poker all the cards are dealt face down to the players and in Stud poker some of the cards are dealt face up as the betting progresses. Now let us get started with one of the most widely played poker variation.

I will assume that you know the general rules of poker, like the hand values, and how a betting round goes, and I will start with presenting shortly the games, instead of writing about the general poker rules. According to several statistics one of the most widely played variations of poker is Omaha. In this type of poker each player is dealt two cards and five cards are dealt on the table, face down. There is a betting interval right after the dealing period, and then one of the five cards is turned up. Now a betting period comes again, and this goes until all the cards from the table are turned up. All the players who are still in the game must make a hand from five cards, using the two cards from their hand and three cards from the table. As usual, the player with the highest hand wins. In some variations of Omaha, actually in Omaha 8 or better, or High-Low, the player with the best hand and the player with the lowest qualifying hand split the pot.

Another widely played variety of poker is Texas Hold'Em Poker. Just like in the previous type, two cards are dealt to each player, and five cards are put down to the center of the table, face down. After the first betting round three cards are turned face up from the table. Then another betting period comes, and another card is turned face up. After four cards are turned face up, there is another betting round, followed by the turning up of the last card. Now the last betting round comes. The players have to use five cards to form a hand, the two from their hand and three cards from the center of the table. As you could see, the only major difference between this type of poker and Omaha poker is that in Omaha the cards from the center of the table are turned face up one by one, and in Hold'em the first three cards are turned face up after the first betting round.

On of the basic types of poker is Five Card Stud. Hence the name, in this case the player get all their cards dealt to their hands, no cards are deal on the table. The dealer gives a card face down to each player and another one, face up. The player with the highest card makes the first bet. After the bets are made, the dealer gives another card to each player, still face up. Then another betting interval comes and another card face up is dealt to the remaining players. It goes like this until all the players have one card face down and four cards face up. If there are two or more players after the fifth card is dealt, there is a showdown, in which the players turn up their face down card. As it was before, the highest hand wins. There is a variation of Five Card Stud called Last Card Down. This game goes exactly like the previous, but the fifth card is dealt face down, so the players have two cards face down and three cards face up.

Another type of Stud poker is Seven Card Stud. In this game each player gets two cards face down and then one card face up. A betting interval comes next, and then each player gets three cards face up and one more face down. Between the deals there is a betting interval every time. After the players have received all seven cards, the showdown comes: all players turn up their cards and select a hand consisting of five cards, the remaining two are discarded. As before, the highest poker hand wins. This type has a variation, Seven Card Flip: in this case four cards are dealt initially to every player, face down and they can choose to turn face up any two cards from the total of four. The rest of the game goes exactly like Seven Card Stud.

Straight Poker might be the initial form of poker. The game is very short like this, of course, if the betting round does not take forever. Each player gets five cards, and then comes the betting round and the showdown. As before, the highest hand wins. Probably this is the initial form of poker, because the rules are very simple, and the game is easy to follow.

Let us see now an entirely different type of poker! Lowball is a variation of poker where the lowest hand wins. The Ace is always low, so the lowest pair would be AA, and the lowest possible hand is 5, 4, 3, 2, A. This type is widely played in the West part of the United States.

There are many more variations of poker, but, as I said, I can not list them all. And I haven't even talked about video poker! Basically almost any of the poker variation can be played as video poker, but the main varieties are Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Tens or Better and so on. Now you know how simple rules had the first type of online poker and it emerged to a whole bunch of poker types. I presented only one exception, because it is so rare that you can lose the game with the highest hand! All in all, the hand rankings are the same in every type of poker, so if you know the basics, you will be able to play. Now go and try out some new types of poker! Good luck!

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