Sarang Ahuja—Common Poker Games

Poker is a fun pastime that millions of people play each year. However, though it is a popular and fun activity, many are unsure of how to play and hesitant to commit money to learn. Below, I’ve listed several common poker games for anyone looking to discover a variant that they enjoy.


The object of Omaha is to make the best five card hand using two personal cards out of the four dealt and three out of the five community cards that the dealer reveals. One of the more common types of Omaha is known as “Pot Limit” Omaha. This means that the maximum bet by any player is the amount in the pot at that time. Bets are made after the initial dealing and then again after the community cards are released. The dealer should rotate after each hand is played.

Texas Holdem

One of the better-known poker variants, Texas Holdem is another poker game that starts by dealing each player two cards. The player to the left of the dealer is the first to make a bet. Every other player can choose to either call this bet or fold their cards depending on the two cards in their hand. The dealer then discards the top card and then flips three cards called the flop. Another round of betting takes place. The dealer then flips two more cards known as the river and the turn. Rounds of betting occur between each one and then a final round of betting occurs after all card are showing. Players can fold or raise at any time. The player with the best five card hand wins the pot. The dealer rotates clockwise after each hand is decided and a new hand begins.

Seven-Card Stud

This somewhat complicated game starts by having two down cards dealt and one card dealt upwards to each player. Three cards are then placed in front of the dealer facing up and a final fourth card is place face down. There are rounds of wagers between each card. Once all wagers are made, the best five card hand wins.

It is important to remember that these are all games designed to let people have fun. Players should never bet more money than they are willing to lose and should never gamble with money that should be used for basic necessities.