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Types Of Poker

April 12, 2024

Poker is one of the oldest and most popular card games in the world. There are several different types of poker and variations of the game, so the next time you log onto an online casino to play poker, you will have a variety of options to test your skill. This gives you plenty of ways to try and win yourself some money when playing the game you love. Each specific game of poker may have a different set of rules and regulations, so it is important to make yourself knowledgeable. That way, you will have as much experience and understanding as possible when you head to the table. 

Most Popular Games 

There are plenty of different types of poker, but these are widely recognized as the most popular: Texas Hold ‘em is arguably the most famous, followed by Five-Card Draw, Seven-Card Stud, and finally, Omaha. These four games are some of the simplest types of poker with basic rules and regulations unique to themselves. 

Texas Hold ‘em

Texas Hold ‘em is perhaps the most popular poker game out there. Typical Texas Hold ‘em tables seat anywhere from 2 to 9 players. Players are given two cards each, and then five cards are presented as community cards on the table from which they build their hands. The opening three cards shown on the table are traditionally called the flop. Meanwhile, the second to last card is called the turn, which comes fourth in the rotation. The fifth and final card is referred to as the river. It is one of the most simple poker games to play, and it has a pretty easily defined set of rules and regulations. There are multiple ways to win at a game of Texas Hold ‘em; however, there are many different types of hand strength. Some combinations of cards are not as strong as others. 

Win Chart (lowest to highest)

High Card: None of the cards in your hand pair with the five community cards.

Pair: Either you have two of the same numerical cards in your hand, or one card matches with one of the five community cards. 

Two Pair: Either you have two of the same numerical cards in your hand and an additional pair on the board, or two cards match with two of the five community cards.

Three Of A Kind: three cards of the same value.

Straight: five cards in numerical order that coincide with the two cards in your hand or five cards in order in the community cards. 

Flush: five common cards of the same suit. 

Full House: two cards with the same numerical number and an additional three cards with the same numerical number.

Four of a Kind: four cards of the same value.

Straight Flush: five cards in the same numerical order that also share a common suit. 

Royal Flush: five cards that also share the same suit, and they all happen to be face cards (10,J,Q,K,A)

Seven-Card Stud

This is another popular type of poker, but it is a little bit more complex than your typical Hold ‘em game. It is typically played between two and eight players, and prior to the popularity surge of Texas Hold ‘em, it was considered the most popular game of poker in the Eastern part of the United States.

How to play: 

  • Each player receives two cards, one of which is face down, and the other is one face up. These are referred to as “hole” and “door” cards 
  • Following the deal, there will be a betting interval
  • Following that, the dealer will give each player three more face-up cards, and one face-down. This is typically referred to as “Third Street”
  • There will be a betting interval after each round of cards is dealt
  • In the final stage players will show their cards and choose five of the seven cards from their hand to make out a winning combination.

It is a high-value hand that typically wins in seven-card stud, and aces are considered low. Straights and Flushes typically do not affect the low value of a hand. It is typically the highest card by suit that starts off the betting within each interval. 

Omaha 

Omaha poker is a slight variation of Texas Hold ‘em; the main difference is it requires players to use two of their four hole cards rather than being able to use any combination to form a winning hand. It is rather similar in many other aspects, and it is the second most popular type of poker among many people. 

How To Play: 

  • Each player receives four cards, four of which are face down. These are referred to as “hole” cards 
  • Five community cards will be placed face-up on the table after the original deal is completed. It will take place in stages with a betting interval in between each stage. The original three cards will be placed, and then they will break to bet. Then one card will be placed, and they will once again have time to bet, until the final card is placed prior to the showdown. 
  • Following the placing of the community cards, players will be able to use two of the cards in their hand and three of the community cards to form their best five card hand. That is something that has both negatives and positives. If you are dealt four Kings, you would think you have a superior hand no matter what. However, you would only be able to use two of those cards in your hand. 
  • In the final stage, players will show their cards and choose five of the seven cards from their hands to make a winning combination.

Five-Card Draw

This is typically one of the easier types of poker to learn, and it tends to be the first game that new poker players pick up on. It is very simplified, and the rules and regulations are easy to learn and retain in the memory. The win table is very similar to that of Texas Hold ‘em, as the hand rankings are in the same exact order. It is the basis for the majority of the video poker machines you will see at a casino in person or in an online casino. The end goal is to make the best possible hand from the five cards. 

How to Play: 

  • Initially, the opening round of betting will proceed after the five cards are dealt. 
  • Moving on is the draw phase where players will tell the dealer how many cards out of the five they wish to replace within their hand.

Win Chart (lowest to highest)

High Card: None of the cards in your hand pair with the five community cards.

Pair: Either you have two of the same numerical cards in your hand, or one card matches with one of the five community cards. 

Two Pair: Either you have two of the same numerical cards in your hand and an additional pair on the board, or two cards match with two of the five community cards.

Three Of A Kind: three cards of the same value.

Straight: five cards in numerical order that coincide with the two cards in your hand or five cards in order in the community cards. 

Flush: five common cards of the same suit. 

Full House: two cards with the same numerical number and an additional three cards with the same numerical number.

Four of a Kind: four cards of the same value.

Straight Flush: five cards in the same numerical order that also share a common suit. 

Royal Flush: five cards that also share the same suit, and they all happen to be face cards (10,J,Q,K,A)

Other Types Of Poker

There are multiple other types of poker, and some of the less popular and well-known types are games like:

  • Razz
  • Badugi
  • Alligator Stud
  • Auction Stud
  • Baseball Stud
  • Chicago Stud
  • Pineapple

Conclusion 

Regardless of what type of poker you enjoy, there is a lot of variety for the most experienced and the least experienced players. The main thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself, and don’t allow yourself to wager more money than you can afford to lose if you are playing for cash. Being fiscally responsible when playing poker is important regardless of what type of poker you are playing.