Poker Variations

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Poker is one of the most popular card games across the world. There are multiple variations of this comparing card game played across the globe.

Poker Variants

The most common poker variations can be divided into three broad categories:

■ Draw poker: In the games of this category, players are dealt a complete hand (hidden) and they then improve it by replacing cards. The most common of these variants is 5-card draw.

■ Stud poker: Each player receives a combination of face-up cards and face-down cards in multiple rounds. The most common of these variations are 5-card stud and 7-card stud. These two variants further have different formats.

■ Community card poker: In the variants of this category, each player's incomplete hidden hand is combined with shared face-up cards. The most common of these variations are Texas hold 'em and Omaha hold 'em.

Here are some specific types of poker games.

Texas Hold ‘em

Texas Holdem is a community card poker game. In this game, you get 2 cards face down and 5 cards are placed face up in the middle of the table. You create any combination of the 2 cards in your hand and the 5 cards on the table to create the best possible 5-card poker hand. Rounds of betting take place as parts of the deal in stages. The player who hasn’t folded and has the best hand at the end wins the money in the pot.

Omaha High

In Omaha hold ’em, each player is dealt 4 cards and they must make the best hand using any 2 of them, plus any 3 of the five community cards.

Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha Hi/Lo is very similar to Omaha high. In this variant, players have to create 2 hands with their hole cards and the community cards: a high hand and a low hand. The objective is to have the highest high hand and the lowest low hand.

Seven-Card Stud

In seven-card stud, each player receives 2 cards face down and then 1 card face up, dealt one at a time. After the initial deal, each active player receives 3 more cards face up and 1 more card face down. In the showdown, each player turns up all their hole cards and selects five of their 7 cards as their hand. The player has to separate these cards from the other two, which they need to discard.


Razz is a type of stud poker similar to seven-card stud. The only difference is that in razz, the best possible 5-card low hand wins in the game.

Most Played Variations of Poker

■ Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is the most famous kind of poker variation around the globe. People simply love playing Texas hold’em. This is the poker variation where players can go all-in in any round and win big prizes.

■ Omaha Poker

Omaha poker is another famous variation of poker that includes Omaha high, Omaha hi/lo, and 5-card Omaha sub-variations. The biggest difference between Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker is that players get only 2 hole cards in Texas Hold’em whereas they get 4 hole cards in Omaha poker.

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