This article is a part of our series on the basics of poker. Previously, you would have learned the Ranks of Hands and How to Bet in poker. Here are some of the more popular forms of poker, if you’re interested in learning more about each of these then we’d suggest checking out the respective tutorials we have on each of them.

Texas Holdem (Tutorial)
Arguably the fastest growing game in the World over the past decade, Texas Holdem has surged in popularity. Most of what you see on Television shows like the World Series of Poker on ESPN, Celebrity Poker on Bravo, among others is Texas Holdem.

The 60 second overview of texas holdem:

  • Two cards are dealt face down to each player, a round of betting ensues.
  • Three cards are dealt up in the middle of the table for each player to use in their hand, another round of betting takes place.
  • A fourth card is dealt face up in the middle of the table, more betting.
  • A fifth and final card is dealt face up, and the last round of betting occurs.
  • The player with the best 5 card poker hand (out of the 7 cards in total) wins the pot.

Seven Card Stud (Tutorial)
While it isn’t as popular as Texas Holdem in recent years, old school poker players will tell you this is where many of them got their start. Whether it be home poker or at the casino, seven card stud has been around for ages, and today continues to be an extremely popular version of poker.

The 60 second overview of seven card stud:

  • 2 cards are dealt face down to each player, followed by 1 card face up, round of betting ensues
  • One up card dealt to each player, more betting ensues
  • One more up card is dealt to each player, another round of betting ensues
  • A final up card is dealt to each player, more betting.
  • The last card (a down card) is dealt to each player, the last round of betting ensues.
  • Best 5 card poker hand (out of the 7 cards in front of each player) wins the pot.

Omaha (Tutorial)
Whether it is home poker or at the casino, omaha has been played for a long time. With the online poker phenomenon today, omaha continues to be an extremely popular version of poker. Some casinos even play omaha and holdem at the same table, usually going back and forth from game to game on a pre determined time interval (usually ½ hour for each game).

The 60-second overview of Omaha:

  • The small and big blind post their ante, then 4 cards are dealt face down to each player, followed by a round of betting.
  • Just like holdem there is a flop with three community cards, more betting ensues
  • Another card is added to the community cards called the turn, another round of betting ensues
  • A final up card is dealt face up which is called the river, the last round of betting ensues
  • Any players left must use two of their hole cards and three from the board to make their best 5-card poker hand.
  • Best 5-card poker hand wins the pot.

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