Poker is a popular card game with many variations, each with its own unique rules and strategies. We’ll go over the main varieties of Poker and how they differ so you can find the game that suits your skill level best. Here are some of the most well-known variations of Poker and a brief overview of how their Poker rules differ:
- Draw Poker: Draw Poker is a simple game. Each player is dealt five cards and then must discard any number of them in order to make a hand of five cards from their four remaining cards. You must have at least one card in each suit, or you will get a point against you. The winner is the player with the most points (hands with no points are tied). There are many variations of draw poker that vary on when new hands may be drawn and what cards they may contain.
- Razz Poker: Razz is a variation of seven-card stud where the highest cards are of little importance. Like in a seven-card stud, each player receives seven cards and must make a five-card hand from them. The big difference is that in razz, you are not allowed to use any of your aces as one of the high cards for your hand – they may only be used as low cards or for making pairs.
- Texas Hold’em: Texas Hold’em is a game where the players each receive two down cards and create the best hand they can from those cards, plus five shared community cards. This makes Texas Hold’em very similar to Omaha Hold’em. Still, with two differences: In Texas Hold’em, the deck contains exactly four of each card in play (instead of 2–8), and after the first betting round, instead of receiving a third “up card,” players must make their best 5-card hand using exactly two of their cards and three of the shared community cards.
- Omaha: Omaha is a form of standard draw Poker where the two down cards and five shared community cards are hidden from players during the first round of betting. The game is similar to Texas Hold’em, but with only one betting round before all players are required to make their best 5-card hand. The up card is not needed for this purpose – all hands must be built using exactly two of the player’s cards and three of the shared community cards.
How do their rules differ?
In Draw Poker, you are only allowed to discard one or more cards in order to make your hand. This means your hand might look like it has “more than 5 cards”, but since you are only allowed to play 5-card hands, this is not possible. If a player is caught with more than 5 cards, they automatically lose the hand. You must have at least one card in each suit, or you will get a point against you. The winner is the player with the most points (hands with no points are tied). Texas Hold’em and Omaha hands are ranked by their highest combination of five cards. Higher cards are given higher values and the best hand wins.
In other poker games, such as Razz or Seven-Card Stud, only hand rankings are affected by which two of the three most valuable cards you hold as well as by how many times they appear in your five-card hand. The highest combination of aces in Texas Hold’em, and Omaha is just one higher than a straight flush, while in all other poker games, an ace can be added to a straight flush to make what is called a “flush draw” – this is why an ace draw is so valuable. Although there are many other rule variations and differences between different games, these three variations are the most widely played.
The final verdict is that draw poker is the best. It has a good range of players who enjoy it, and it has few variations that you play often, so it’s simple and easy to learn. It’s also relatively easy to increase your bankroll as you’re not playing many hands per hour. Texas Hold’em and Omaha are more complicated, have more rules, and a large number of hands that you’ll play.