Poker Variants - Poker Variations played in casinos

Although most people prefer to play texas holdem poker, there are several poker variants available today.

Texas Holdem Poker Games

Texas holdem poker is the most popular poker game played in the world today, More so, perhaps because of the popularity of the World Series of Poker.

The texas holdem poker game is a community card game, where the players combine the cards in their hands with those shared on the table to form the best poker hand.

Each player in texas holdem poker gets two hole cards on the deal, followed by a round of betting. Then three more community called the flop, and a round of betting. A fourth card or the turn is then dealt, which is again followed by a round of betting. The fifth and final card is called the river. This is followed by a final round of betting. Texas holdem players can use any combination of the two cards in their hand and any three cards on the board to make their final hand.

Texas holdem poker variations are Limit Texas Holdem, Pot Limit Texas Holdem and No Limit Texas Holdem.

Pineapple poker is another variant of Texas holdem. Here, the players are dealt three hole cards, out of which one must be discarded. In Crazy Pineapple holdem, this card is discarded after the flop, and in regular Pineapple holdem, the card is discarded preflop.

Omaha Poker Games

Like Texas holdem, Omaha poker is a community card game, with a small difference. Each player has four hole cards instead of just two. Also an Omaha poker hand consists of exactly two cards from your hand and exactly three cards from the board. In Texas holdem a player can use zero to two cards from his hole cards, and three to five cards from the board. Omaha is also played in limit, pot limit, and no limit formats. Omaha is often played high-low, which means that the lowest hand splits the pot with the highest hand.

Stud Poker Games

Unlike Omaha or Texas Holdem, Stud poker is not a community card game. Each player makes up his best poker hand from the cards he is dealt. Also, Omaha can be played in several poker variants like 7 card stud or 5 card stud, high only, high low, or low only.When stud poker is played lowball it's called "Razz" Poker.