Poker Games

By far the most popular form of poker played is Texas Holdem, and for the majority of poker players this was the first game they learned. As poker continues to grow and gain a larger audience more games are being introduced which at one point in time were very rarely heard of let alone played. Poker rooms today typically provide at least 4 – 5 variations with some supporting almost 10 different formats of poker. This page provides a general guide to the more common types of poker games played online. If you want to learn more information about one of the games listed below you can use the links provided which will give you a complete overview of the game, betting rounds and overall structure along with information on which online poker rooms support that particular game. Click here for the best Poker Sites For US Players and if you would like to visit a site with more poker rules, visit this rules of poker website

Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is the most commonly played game in online poker and in live games, be it at the casino or the typical Saturday night home games with the guys. This game can be played in three formats (no limit, pot limit, and fixed limit). This game is your standard community card game with a total of four rounds of betting and a showdown. Texas Holdem is played with two hole cards and three community cards.

Omaha Poker

Omaha Poker is similar to Texas Holdem except for a few distinct features. This game can also be played in no limit, pot limit and fixed limit. Omaha is slightly more complicated since each player will have four hole cards and five community cards. There are four betting rounds in total and players will only be able to use two hole cards and three community cards to make their best five card hand.

Omaha Hi/Lo Poker

Omaha Hi/Lo is in most cases more popular than its counterpart simply because it allows players to play for both the high hand and the low hand. This game is also referred to as Omaha 8 or Omaha 8 or better. Players will still receive a total of four hole cards and five community cards and follow the same rules as Omaha Hi.

Seven Card Stud Poker

Seven card stud is an interesting game and is very different from Holdem and Omaha. This game can be played in two formats, both hi and hi/lo and will allow as many as eight players in one game. Players will receive a total of seven cards (4 cards face up and 3 cards face down) with the best five card hand winning the pot. The hi-lo version is also referred to as 8 or better. In this variation a player’s low hand will only qualify for the low pot if the hand does not go above 8.

Razz Poker

Razz poker is part of the stud family of card games and is basically the opposite  of seven card stud. This game can be played with a maximum of eight players with each player receiving a total of seven cards. This game consists of fixed limit betting, with the object of the game to have the best low hand.

HORSE Poker

HORSE poker is becoming more and more popular and is a combination of the games mentioned above. You should have an understanding of each of the variations before trying this game. HORSE is short for Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Eight or Better.

Five Card Draw Poker

Five card draw poker is one of the oldest forms of poker and although it’s not as commonly played as Holdem, you can still find quite a few of these games played online. It is also one of the easiest games to play with each player receiving five cards down and receiving one draw round.

2-7 Triple Draw Poker

2 – 7 triple draw poker is a combination of 5 card draw and razz although it does have some distinct differences. This game is played with five cards face down and with each player receiving the option to draw up to three times.

Badugi Poker

Badugi poker is not as common as the other games but equally entertaining. It’s similar to triple draw except players will receive four cards with a total of four betting rounds. The object of the game is to get a Badugi which means a hand with no pairs and no matching suits.

Written by Christine Davies

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