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Poker has been a popular card game for hundreds of years. Over time a number of variations of poker have been developed. Some have fallen out of favor and basically disappeared, while some are more popular than ever. Today, there are six types of poker games that are commonly played in casinos and at casino parties.

If you’re new to playing poker and plan to attend an upcoming casino fundraiser or go on a trip to Vegas, here’s a quick rundown of the different poker games and how they differ.

5-Card Stud

The simplest way to play this poker game is to have the dealer give each player five cards face down. The players must use only those five cards to make a winning hand (see below).

The other way to play 5-card stud (like they do in casinos) is to have each player pay an ante first. The dealer then gives each player one card face up and one card face down. There’s a round of betting. Next, each player is dealt a card face up and another round of betting occurs. Another card is dealt face up followed by betting. A final fifth card is dealt face up and the last round of bets are made. The remaining players show their face down card and the best hand wins.

7-Card Stud

The game is similar to 5-card stud except this time:

  • The dealer hands out two cards face down and one face up after the players pay the ante.

  • The first round of bets are placed.

  • The game continues with each player being dealt a fourth, fifth and sixth card face up followed by betting each time.

  • The seventh and final card is dealt face down.

  • The players place one more round of bets.

  • All the remaining players show all of their cards and whoever makes the best hand using five of their seven cards wins.

5-Card Draw

Five card draw begins with each player paying the ante to get in on the action. Each player is then dealt five cards. After the cards are dealt it’s time for the first round of betting. Once the bets are in the remaining players can decide to exchange one or all of their cards for new ones.

After everyone chooses to draw or stay there’s a second round of betting. Once betting is complete the players that are still in the game reveal their cards. The best hand takes the pot.

7-Card Draw

The game has the same concept with 5-Card Draw, but now there are seven cards. It starts with an ante before each player is dealt seven cards face down. Players are able to place bets. Each player can then exchange up to four cards or keep the cards they have. There’s another round of bets. The remaining players that haven’t folded show their cards to see who has the best five-card hand.

Texas Hold’em - The King of Poker

When we’re throwing casino parties in Texas, our Hold’em Poker tables are always full. Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game in every American casino. In Hold'em, each player is dealt only two cards and must use at least three community cards to complete his/her 5-card hand. Here is the procedure for Texas Hold'em:

  • The dealer deals each player two hole cards and then players place the first of four possible bets.

  • Next, the dealer deals three community cards ("the flop") where all the players can see.

  • Players bet again.

  • The dealer lays down the fourth community card ("the turn").

  • Players bet again.

  • The fifth and final community card is dealt.

  • The players place their final bet.

Ever since the World Series of Poker took off, Texas Hold’em has surged in popularity. As the official game of the tournament, it has gotten a lot of exposure among the general public.

Omaha Hold’em

This game is very similar to Texas Hold’em but there are a few key differences. Each player is dealt four hole cards and all five community cards are shown at once. Players must use two of the hole cards to make their hand. This of course helps players make big hands in Omaha Hold’em. Some also believe that have four hole cards and using two of them makes Omaha Hold’em more complex than Texas Hold’em.

Winning Poker Hands and Their Rank

You know the basics of how the game is played, so now you need to know how to win! Whoever has the strongest poker hand takes the pot. Here are the winning poker hands in order from strongest to weakest:

Royal Flush - All the same suit of A, K, Q, J, 10

Straight Flush - Any five cards all in a row of the same suit

Four of a Kind - All four cards of one rank

Full House - A pair along with three of a kind

Flush - All cards are the same suit

Straight - Any five cards in a row with different suits

Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same rank

Two Pair - Two pairs of any kind

Pair - Any two cards of the same rank

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