pokerPoker is a popular card game world wide, and the advent of televised poker tournaments has helped promote it as a tournament game in addition to the traditional cash-game format. During the 2000s, online poker went through a huge boom with millions of players flocking to the online poker rooms to play cash games and tournaments. Unlike traditional casinos, the online poker rooms could offer really low-stake cash tables and tournaments with buy-ins of just a few dollars. This way, novices could try out poker without having to risk any substantial amount of money.

Poker variants

There is a wide range of different poker variants to chose among, but most fall into one or more of four broad categories: straight poker, stud poker, draw poker and community card poker.

Straight Poker

Straight poker is the most basic form of poker. This was the way poker was played in the early days of poker, and it is not very popular today. In straight poker, each players receives a complete hand (typically five cards) and keeps it a secret. There will then be one or several rounds of betting, before any players that are still in the pot display and compare their cards.

Stud Poker

In stud poker, you don’t get a complete hand from the start. Instead, the cards are dealt in a prearranged order. In some variants of stud poker, some of the cards will be face-down while others are face-up. Today, the most popular type of stud poker is probably the famous Seven Card Stud.

This is how you will receive your cards when playing Seven Card Stud Poker:

  • Two cards face down + 1 card face up.
  • One card face up.
  • One card face up.
  • One card face up.
  • One card face down.

Draw Poker

In draw poker, you get one or more opportunities to discard one or several cards and replace them with new ones from the deck. One example of a popular draw poker game is Five Card Draw.

Community Card Poker

In community card poker, there will be community cards available. These community cards can be used by all players to form poker hands. Two examples of well known community card poker games are Texas Hold’em and Omaha. In Texas Hold’em, each player is dealt two cards before 3 + 1 + 1 card is placed face-up on the table. Your goal is the form the possible poker hand. A big difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em is that in Omaha, you must use a combination of your own cards and the community cards to form your poker hand. In Texas Hold’em, there is no such rule and poker rounds are frequently won by players using their own two cards only.