Today, when someone asks if you play poker, they usually mean Texas Hold Em – a game that has become increasingly popular in the last decade, thanks to the World Series of Poker and movies like “Rounders.”
But there are many versions and variations of poker, the main types being stud, draw, and community card games. At “friendly” tables, the dealer often has the option of deciding the type of play. The more structured tournaments usually specify the format from the start.
Below are some of the most popular poker versions that you can find in most modern online casinos in 2022.
Texas Hold Em
Played in the World Series of Poker, Texas Hold Em is easily the most popular poker game in America today. In Texas Hold Em, players are dealt two pocket or “hole cards” and wait for five community cards to be revealed. Betting occurs in four rounds: once after the hole cards are dealt, once after the first three community cards are revealed (referred to as “the flop”), once after the fourth community card is revealed (“the turn”), and finally after the fifth community card is turned over (“the river”) . Players must make their best hands with any combination of 5 cards (their hole cards and the common cards).
Omaha is another type of Hold Em that can be played by 2 to 10 players at the same time. Like Texas Hold ‘Em, there are four rounds of betting, but unlike this version, each player is dealt four hole cards and the five community cards are immediately revealed. Players must make their best 5-card hands with two of their hole cards and three of the community cards.
Seven Card Stud is one of the types of poker with rules that are furthest removed from Hold’em. There are no community cards, and each player is dealt 7 cards in total. Initially, everyone is dealt two down cards, plus an open card. Whoever has the lowest value open card must make a bring-in bet.
Next, the players are dealt three more hole cards, one at a time. There is a round of betting between the opening of each of them.
Also known as Draw Poker, Five Card Draw is a simpler form of poker in which each player is dealt five down cards. The betting rounds then take place. After the initial rounds, players can swap cards (if they wish). Whoever has the best hand wins the pot.
This Stud game can be played with either the highest or the lowest hand. In High Chicago, the player with the highest spade facing down wins half the pot. In Low Chicago, the player with the lowest spade facing down wins half the pot. The other half of the pot is won by the player with the best hand. If someone, however, has the best hand and the winning spade (high or low, depending on the version), that player wins the entire pot. This game can be added to and played simultaneously with many other poker variations.
Courchevel is a new modality, which has only recently started to participate in BSOP events. Its popularity among players has been great because it provides a pretty interesting gameplay that causes more action among players.
In Courchevel poker, each player is dealt five cards, while a single card is revealed on the table before the first round. In the second round, the last two cards of the flop are opened. The turn and river are the same as in Hold’em and Omaha.