Popular Poker Forms

Popular Poker Forms

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On this page you will find a list of the most popular poker forms. These are the ones you'll probably see first online and in live casinos.

Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold'em belongs to the subgroup of popular poker forms know as community poker games. In these games the players are given a two cards themselves which can then be combined with the community cards shared by everyone in order to create winning combinations. In Texas Hold'em the maximum amount of cards which can be held by the player is two. There can be a maximum of five community cards on the table at a time.

The most popular form of poker currently available. Texas Hold'em was invented sometime around the early 1900's, though an exact date and place is debated. Most historians believe that it has a basis in the city of Robstown, Texas, which is where it got its name.

From here the game quickly spread throughout Texas and then the greater United States. Texas Hold'em was introduced to Las Vegas by a famous group of gamblers in 1967 and since then has grown even more in popularity.

Texas Hold'em belongs to the subgroup of the most popular forms of poker know as community poker games. In these games the players are given a number of cards themselves which can then be combined with cards shared by everyone in order to create winning combinations.

Basic rules and how to play

When Texas Hold'em begins, and after the blinds have been posted, all players are dealt two cards. These cards are dealt in the face-down position so no other players can see them. The first round of betting begins where players are able to call, raise or fold.

After the first round is complete the flop begins, in which three community cards are flipped by the dealer. This is the point at which active players are able to start to see larger winning combinations. After this another round of betting begins.

Once this round is complete another round begins where the turn is introduced, meaning another card is revealed. One the turn is revealed another round of betting commences. For this and the next round only the best combination of five total cards is used.

After the round of betting from the turn is completed the river, the last of the community cards, is revealed. Another round of betting begins.

Following this last round of betting the showdown begins, where each player reveals their hands and the winner is selected. Who reveals their cards first differs, but it is generally started by the person who started the last round of betting. Hands are then revealed in a clockwise fashion just as in regular betting.

Winners of these games are determined by standard poker combination rules.

Omaha Hold'em

Omaha Hold'em, which is also commonly called Omaha is another community poker game which is similar to Texas Hold'em. This is not quite as popular as Texas Hold'em but it still remains as one of the most popular poker forms.

The origin of Omaha is unknown but it thought to have reached popularity after casino executive Robert Turner introduced it to legendary professional poker player Bill Boyd. It was Boyd who introduced the game to a Las Vegas casino where it took off.

Basic rules and how to play

Before we begin it is important to note how the combinations work in Omaha. Unlike Texas Hold'em it the players in Omaha need to form a combination of three of the community cards and two of their pocket cards to form the best possible combination.

When Omaha Hold'em begins, and after the blinds have been posted, all players are dealt four cards. These cards are dealt in the face-down position so no other players can see them. The first round of betting begins where players are able to call, raise or fold.

After the first round is complete the flop begins, in which three community cards are flipped by the dealer. This is the point at which active players are able to start to see larger winning combinations. After this another round of betting begins.

Once this round is complete another round begins where the turn is introduced, meaning another card is revealed, with more betting.

Following this the turn is revealed another round of betting commences.

After the round of betting from the turn is completed the river, the last of the community cards, is revealed. Another round of betting begins.

Following this last round of betting the showdown begins, where each player reveals their hands and the winner is selected. Who reveals their cards first differs, but it is generally started by the person who begun the last round of betting. Hands are then revealed in a clockwise fashion just as in regular betting.

Winners of these games are determined by standard poker combination rules.

Seven Card Stud

Formerly one of the most popular poker forms, until the advent and popularisation of Texas Hold'em. Despite no longer holding the place it once did it remains one of the most popular poker forms. Seven card stud rose to popularity in the 1830's where it was commonly played on the riverboats of New Orleans.

During the civil war seven card and other types of stud poker became increasingly popular which carried on until the Texas Hold'em claimed its throne.

The source of the game is unknown, but is believed to have originated somewhere in the American Midwest.

Basic rules and how to play

When a game begins all players need to ante up the necessary amount to enter the game, which goes into the pot.

Before the first round of betting can begin the players are all dealt three cards, this is commonly referred to as the third street. Two of these cards are hidden and one is placed face up. The player who has the lowest value of the displayed cards is the player who starts the action. If two or more players have the same card then the starter is determined by suit, the ranking here differs per region. Action continues clockwise with the starting player required to make another bet. Once betting is complete the next round begins.

On the fourth street a card is dealt to all of the remaining players, after a burn card. These dealt cards are placed face up. In this round the starting player is the one who has the exposed card combination of highest value, which is the case for every following round. This player is required to either bet or check.

The fifth  and sixth streets continues in a similar manner as the forth with the betting increment increased in the fifth but not the sixth.

On the  seventh street, the river, the player is dealt a seventh and final card which is hidden from all but the individual player. Following this is the final round of betting after which is the showdown.

The first person to reveal cards during the showdown is the player who last bet or raised. If nobody bet in the final round then the player to left of the dealer is the first to show their cards, which continues clockwise.

The winner is determined as the person with the best five card combination of their available cards.

Five Card Draw

Five card draw, also know as Cantrell draw, is one of the popular poker forms which is widely considered to be the simplest variant available. This game is usually player in home games but is not usually played in casinos or tournaments.

As is common with poker games the origin is disputed and not fully understood. There are some claims that it has a basis in games that came from China or Persia. The best historical evidence suggests that it came from, or was at least popularised, in New Orleans during the early 1800's. In fact it is generally believed that this was the game from which the name poker came from.

This game became increasing popular on both sides during the American civil war and has remained popular ever since.

Basic rules and how to play

The game starts with either an ante or blinds being bet, per the game's rules. The big and small blind begin from the dealers left and rotate clockwise each round as standard.

At the start of this game each player is dealt five cards. These are dealt one at at time and kept secret to each individual player until the showdown.

After the players receive all of their cards and get a good look the first round of betting begins with the player to the dealer's left, where players are able to call, raise or fold.

If there are players remaining at the end of this round the next round, called the draw begins. During this round each player can select how many of their cards that they want to discard and have replaced with other cards from the deck. This enables them to get rid of their weak cards and try for a better combination. Following the draw another round of betting begins by the player to the dealer's left. After this round of betting is complete the showdown begins.

During the showdown the remaining players reveal their hands, this can start with either the player to the dealers left or the player who last bet, depending on the specific versions rules.

The winner of the showdown is determined by who has the best combination of cards which is decided by regular poker rules.

Which form of poker is for you?

Choosing which type of poker is best suited to you is no simple task, and is not something that can simply be decided by quick reading or watching a game or two. The best way to find out which type of game is for you is by getting in there and playing for yourself. There are dozens of varieties of poker offered for free trial by many sites all over the internet. If you don't care for the popular poker forms listed on this page then try some other, you, might be surprised by what you find.

For a quick look you can head over to AOL to try some electronic versions of these game for free.

You should also note that if you want to play these games at home then your experience might be different. Your best bet might be have some friends around to try some of the different types of poker. Eventually you'll probably find one that fits well for you.

Good luck!

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