Poker is probably the most played card game in the casino. Apart from it’s easy to play, the chances and prize of winning are surprisingly huge. In fact, 13% of the American population plays poker, either in person or online, according to statistical records from2003 to 2009. We believe this 2017, more Americans engage into playing poker because of the rise of the digital platform. Because of online casinos, many versions and variants of poker game emerge. In this article, we list the 6 best types of poker games that every player should know:
Texas Hold ‘Em
The most recognizable poker game is the Texas Hold ‘Em which plays a huge role in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Basically, every player gets two concealed cards. There are five community cards available for the player – 3 flops, 1 turn, and 1 river. The winner should have the best five-card hand out of the hole cards and community cards.
The most basic poker game is the 5-card draw which most beginners learn first. Each player is given five cards that are dealt face-down. They have the chance to draw cards and place one or more of their cards at the bottom of the deck. Betting rounds happen before and after the draw. The winner shall have the best five card hand. 5-Card Draw is best played for fun than in a competitive environment.
7-Card Stud was the original popular before Texas Hold ‘Em. Players are being dealt with three cards – 2 face-down and 1 face-up. The betting starts with the player who possesses the lowest face-up card. Similar the above-mentioned variants, the end goal is to have the best five-card hand.
Omaha is a type of poker game that is perfect for 2 to 10 players. It is the second most played poker after Texas Hold ‘Em. Instead of two cards, each player will be dealt with four hole cards. There will also be five community cards. Betting starts before the community cards and after the river has been dealt. There are many versions of Omaha poker.
In Razz, each player will be dealt with seven cards, in which the first, second, and seventh cards are dealt face
down. The difference with Razz from other poker games is that it is lowball in nature. This means that the lowest hands win. As a player, you need to avoid hitting a pair. The best possible five-card hand follows A-2-3-4-5. Razz is also included in World Series of Poker events.
HORSE is a combination of the most popular poker games. This game started in 2002 as part of the World Series of Poker. The first HORSE champion was John Henningan.
Other popular poker variants include High/Low Chicago, Follow the Queen, 2-7 Triple Draw, Irish Poker, and Chinese Poker. Which among these variants is your favorite?