Top 5 Poker Games
Although Texas Hold’em seemingly dominates the poker world at the moment, it is not the only poker game around, and is not necessarily the most popular variant of game all around the world.
We are going to take a look at some of the other popular variations of poker, explain a little bit how to play them and discuss how popular they currently are.
Texas Hold’em Poker
Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular form of poker. It’s the variant of poker played during the Poker World Series and hundreds of ring game table games and tournaments take place every week.
Every player is dealt two cards, for their eyes only. The dealer spreads five cards – three at once, then another, then another – which can be used by all players to make their best possible five-card hand. Before and after each card(s) is revealed, players take turns to bet. To stay in the hand and see the next card, all players must have put the same amount of chips in the pot as each other. The best poker hand wins the pot.
Pot Limit Omaha Poker
There are a few variations of Omaha poker but Pot Limit is the most popular form. Pot-Limit Omaha is a favorite of Europeans and high-stakes players because it has tons of action. A player can bet what is in the pot (i.e. $100 into a $100 pot).
Each player is dealt four private cards (‘hole cards’) which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the ‘board’. In Omaha games, all players use exactly three of the community cards together with exactly two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. No more, and no less.
7 Card Stud
Before Texas Hold’em took over the world of poker Stud poker used to be the most common form of poker. It is what most people consider to be the ‘classic’ poker game.
In Seven Card Stud, players are individually dealt seven cards throughout the course of the hand, but only the best five-card poker hand possible for each player is used to determine the winner. There are no community cards and it’s almost always played with fixed betting limits. If you appreciate slower games that have betting limits and reward good memory, Seven-Stud might be the game for you.
Razz is a lowball game which means the card and hand rankings are flipped. The goal in Razz is to make the worst possible hand according to traditional poker hand rankings. Aces are low and straights and flushes do not count. Considering that, the best hand to get in Razz would be 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
Just like Stud, Razz offers a big advantage to players who learn to observe and keep track of cards. It’s easy to learn and has a slow, relaxed pace of play.
2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Triple Draw
Many people consider 2-7 to be the best lowball game of them all. 2-7 Triple Draw is a limit game that uses blinds but no community cards. It’s really straightforward but you have to know the basics.
In 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball the low poker hand wins the pot at showdown. It is also a ‘draw’ game, meaning that you are dealt five cards, and may discard from zero to five of them on the draw, and receive that number of replacement cards. In Triple Draw, each player has the opportunity to draw three times, though you may ‘stand pat’ (not discard any cards) on any or all of the draws.
It’s important to note that straights and flushes count against making a low hand and Aces are always high.
If you like bluffing and mind games then 2-7 might be the game for you.