Most beginners would assume playing poker is just one basic game. After all, there are chips and cards and terms like “fold,” which you often see/hear in movies or during poker games.
Yet, as you delve into the game, you discover several types of poker games. They go by the same principles but have slight variations.
This applies to physical casinos and those played online from the numerous betting platforms.
6 Popular Types Of Poker Games.
1. Texas Hold’em
It is the most popular type of them all. It is so widely played that it even has a World Series tournament and a world tour. The world’s best poker players have participated and won these tournaments.
Each player gets two cards face down from the dealer, which they add to the community cards that are placed on the table face up to form a hand. Players place their bets before the “flop,” the initial 3 community cards the dealer places.
The remaining players reveal their cards to show the winner later in the game. The winner is the player that has the best 5 cards, i.e., the community cards and their own cards.
Here, each player is dealt 4 cards face down, which they also add to the community cards that are placed face-up on the table to form a hand. The same principles and betting rounds used in Texas Hold’em apply for Omaha as well.
The variation here is that the players must use 2 of the 4 cards dealt to them along 3 community cards to form their hand at the end of the game.
3. 7 card Stud
With this one, the dealer gives you 7 cards which you must use to form your 5-card hand at the end of the game. There are no community cards here, and the player with the best hand wins.
Players get two cards, one face down and the other face up.
The betting begins with the player that has the least number on their face-up card. The 4th, 5th, and 6th cards are dealt face-up, but the final card, the 7th, is dealt face down. The player with the best 5-card hand of the 7 wins.
4. 5 card Stud
You get 2 cards which you must use to form your 5-card hand at the end of the game. There are no community cards here as well, and the player with the best hand wins.
Its gameplay and rules are identical to 7 card stud type mentioned above.
5. 5 card Draw
You get 5 cards and may decide to trade in some of your cards (up to 3) for others hoping that they give you a better hand. Players can exchange their cards by placing them at the bottom of the deck and picking the equivalent of the traded-in cards from the top.
The winner is the player with the best 5 card hand. This is the simplest and the least competitive of the different types of poker games.
6. Follow the Queen
This is a variation of the 7-card stud where the Q is a wild card.
First, each player gets 2 cards face down. The dealer then deals each player with 1 card facing up. This is then followed by a betting round where the player with the lowest card starts.
Once the betting is over, the dealer deals each player one more card until they each have their 7 cards.
The player with the best 5-card hand of the 7 wins.
Any Tips For Poker Players?
The different types of poker games all present their own technicalities and challenges, as you can see above. The game largely remains the same, but you will likely require a different game plan for most of them.
So, understanding what poker you are playing is essential. Otherwise, the differences can cost you a game. Find out the specific poker rules in the physical or online casino you are playing at, plus the minimum wagers you can place before you start.
But, no matter what kind of poker you are playing, you can win big if you did your homework and adjust your strategies accordingly.