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Poker Rules for Beginners

When it comes to poker, it might surprise you to learn of the sheer number of games and different poker rules that govern how these games are played. Fortunately as a beginner, the decision is probably easier as to where to start - you'll probably be interested in Hold'em as a starting point. That said, many of the smaller variations can be excellent games to enhance your table skills. We feature close to 80 different poker rules and variants, covering the popular to the less popular. All our guides cover the aim of the game, any specific rules that exist as well as game play.

These guides also cover the betting rounds and order of play for each game, as well as definitions on the terms used and how winning hands are determined. Not all these games carry the popularity to be offered online. Where a game is available online, we have comparisons to compare online rooms for that game. Using these detailed comparisons, you will instantly be able to find the right place to call home. If you're new to the game, it might be advisable to print out the guide covering your game of choice to serve as a reminder of the play. Be sure to check for any bonus codes that might be required to assign the full available bonus to your account.

If you want to get straight into the comparisons, check out our online comparisons for each game or check out our top-lists.


7 Card Stud

5 Card Stud







If you are a new player, it might be an idea to swat up on the jargon used in the game. We have a comprehensive poker glossary for listings of the jargon used.

Other Poker Rules Guides

General Poker Rules

Official World Series of Poker Rules

Rules of Conduct

If you have any game that you can't see covered and you would like to see it here, please document it to as detailed a level as you can and send it through to us and we'll be happy to list it for you. This may be a new game that you play with your friends or one that makes an appearance in your home games. Either way, if it's fun and you don't see it listed - we want to hear from you! The only way we can keep and maintain an extensive list of different variations is with your support, so we would love to hear from you.

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