Types of Poker

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As long as Poker has been around, there have been variations of it. Since As-Nas, poker has been played differently by different people, changing rules to either suit their needs or the amount of players present. Many early versions of poker were changed to only support two players. Today, there are still a multitude of different Poker variations. The differences between these versions can be as different as night and day. They all share one major point in common, though: all Poker games revolve around betting.

The single most popular Poker type is Texas Hold 'Em. It is the type of Poker played at the World Series of Poker, the main Poker tournament broadcast worldwide. In Texas Hold 'Em, players are dealt two pocket cards and then wait for five community cards to be revealed. Players can bet four times: after the pocket cards are dealt, after the Flop (the first three cards revealed at once), after the fourth card (the Turn), and after the final card (the River) is revealed. Players use five cards out of the possible seven to make their best hands. Chances are if you have played Poker or seen it on television, it was Texas Hold 'Em.

Another popular version of Poker is Omaha. It is a variation of Texas Hold 'Em where two to ten players play at one time. Players are dealt four pocket cards as opposed to two and the five community cards are revealed immediately. From there, players must use a combination of two of their pocket cards and three of the community cards to make the best hand possible. There are still four rounds of betting in Omaha.

Other less popular (though no less fun) variants of Poker are High/Low Chicago, where half the pot winnings are determined by the player with the highest or lowest spade, or 7-Card Stud, where each player receives seven cards, with three face down and four face up. The objective is to make the best five card hand with your seven cards. 5-Card Draw is another version where each player receives five cards in their hand, but may trade in three of them to receive a better hand.

The amount of Poker variations is almost uncountable. Even while playing these popular versions, you may find that some rules have been changed. It is important to understand the ins and outs of each variation before you start betting big. If you don't, you may find yourself broke before you know it.