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Televised poker events predominantly show Texas Hold'em but there are a great many different types of poker game.

Texas Holdem

Texas Hold'em, otherwise known as Holdem & Hold'em is by far the most popular game worldwide. It is also the most popular game online. Holdem is a community card game in that there are cards that are shared by all players. The idea is simple, use the 2 hole cards (the 2 face down cards every player is initially dealt) with the 5 community cards on the board (middle of the table). The game can be played as no-limit, limit or pot limit. In Holdem there is a round of betting and then the first 3 community cards are dealt. There is then another round of betting and the turn card is dealt (fourth community card). There is then a further round of betting before the River card (last community card) is dealt. The final round of betting is then completed and there is a showdown where the player still in the game with the best 5 card poker hand taking down the pot.

As the cards are dealt randomly and outside the control of the players, each player attempts to control the amount of money placed in the pot by the players based on the strength of their hands. Players will also work out the likely hood of cards coming that will make them their winning hand and use this to determine how to act.

Related Guides : Texas Holdem Rules : Texas Holdem Starting Hands : odds of making your hand

Omaha Hold'em

Omaha is a Hold'em variant. This is another popular choice amongst poker players and very similar to Hold'em. The rules are different to that of Hold'em although the betting and the layout of the "community cards" is identical with the exception that each player gets dealt 4 "hole cards" (the cards in your hand that only you see) instead of 2 as in holdem.

This game has the same number of community cards (the shared cards) as holdem (5). The rules are such that you must use exactly 2 out of the four cards in your hand with any 3 on the board to make the best possible 5 card poker hand. There
tends to see lots more flushes, straights and full houses as the player has more cards to choose from when trying to make the best possible hand.

Related Guides : Omaha Hold'em : Omaha High Low

7 Card Stud

7 Card Stud Poker was probably the most popular poker variation over the last half century although Texas Holdem surpassed it in popularity in two of the United States legal poker centers, Las Vegas and Los Angeles around 1990.

7 Card Stud begins with an small ante for each player. The exact size of the ante depends on the stakes you have chosen to play. Three cards are then dealt to each player; two face down and one face up. After the first three cards have been dealt, the player showing the lowest up card must make what is called a "bring-in" bet. As with the ante, the size of the bring-in varies depending on the size of the stakes.

After the action has been completed on the opening round, the dealer gives a face-up card to each player remaining in the game. Unlike the first round, where the lowest hand was forced to start the action, in this second betting round, the highest hand on board has the option to start the betting- that is, the player showing the highest hand is called upon first to either bet or check.

On fifth street, you receive your third up card, and then there is a round of betting, again started by the highest hand on board. There are no more $3 bets: all bets and raises are at the higher $6 increments. Sixth street is virtually identical: an up card is dealt, the highest hand acts first, and all bets and raises are at the higher $6 increments.

In 7 Card Stud, the betting on seventh street is identical to sixth street, but the card dealt is the last card you will receive, and it is dealt face down, meaning that like your initial two hole cards, only you know what you've received. After you examine this final card, you assemble your best possible five card poker hand out of the seven in front of you.

Related Guides : 7 Card Stud

5 Card Stud

Five Card Stud is predominantly a game or pairs and high cards. Play begins with each player being dealt five cards, one at a time, all face down.

If more than one player remains after the first round, there is a "draw". Each player specifies how many of his cards he wants to replace, and gets rid of them. The deck is retrieved, and after a burn card (face down card dealt to no-one) is dealt each player is dealt the number of burn cards that they threw away. Following this draw, each player should be back up to 5 cards in their hand.

A second betting round occurs beginning with the player to the dealer's left who is still in the hand. This is followed by a showdown if more than one player remains, in which the player with the best hand wins the pot.

Related Guides : 5 Card Stud


Draw poker is any variant in which each player is dealt a complete poker hand before the first betting round occurs. As the name suggests, players then draw (replace) cards to make the best possible hand.

Related Guides : 5 Card Draw : Double Draw


This game is very similar to Hold'em. Players are dealt 3 hole cards instead of 2. You will be throwing a card away later in the game so and so have a greater chance of getting bigger hands. The game then has a first round of betting.

The flop is dealt which is not altered with 3 cards being dealt as in Hold'em. After a round of betting and the turn card being dealt, the players then throw away one of their cards (your choice) so that only 2 cards are left in the hand.

In this variation the game now continues as in a traditional Texas Hold'em game.

Related Guides : Pineapple Rules.


There are two variations to this game, Ace to Five Lowball and Seven to Deuce. Lowball is fairly similar to Double Draw with certain exceptions.

Related Guides : Lowball Rules.


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