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Poker 101: The Different Types of Poker Games

Poker has been a popular card game for hundreds of years. Over time a number of variations of poker have been developed, and six types of poker games are commonly played today.

If you’re new to the game 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

This is the simplest of all the poker games. The dealer gives each player five cards. The players must use only those five cards to make a winning hand (see below).

7-Card Stud

This time the dealer hands out seven cards to each player, three down and four facing up. The odds of creating a hand go up with 7-card stud because you have two extra cards.

5-Card Draw

Players are again dealt with five cards, but this time they can choose to discard and draw up to three more.

7-Card Draw

The same concept with 5-Card Draw, but now there are seven cards

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 two key differences. Each player is dealt four hole cards and all five community cards are shown at once.

Winning 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 hand takes the pot. Here are the winning 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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