Different Types of Poker Games for Beginners

Today we’re going to look at a few of the best poker games for beginners. 

Texas Hold’em

Found both in card rooms or on websites, this game has a wide variety of stakes and tables for even the most experienced players to choose from. No-Limit Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker games that can be found: it’s been heavily televised and is one of the easiest games to learn rules-wise and hand ranking-wise. This is widely known as the Cadillac of Poker– the most popular variant of poker played. There are a wide variety of informational sources (videos, books, articles) that one can pick up to learn strategic tips for the game. Find out more about Texas Hold’em games here.

Omaha Hi

This game is 2nd ranked in popularity behind the effervescent Texas Hold’em. The “hi” in the game refers to the highest high being the winner of the pot. This game is usually played as a pot-limit game (Pot-Limit Omaha, or PLO). This game is almost exactly the same as Texas Hold’em, except for the fact that the players are all dealt four hole cards instead of two. Players are still making the best of their five-card hand like in the previous game, but they’re required to use two of the four hole cards and only three of the five community cards. As the players are dealt more cards to use, it’s easier to make better hands.

Omaha Hi-Lo

This game, also known as Omaha 8-or-Better, is similar to Omaha Hi, but the pot in the showdown is divided into two equal parts between the highest-ranked 5-card poker hand and the lowest. There are a number of different combinations of hole cards that can be used to make both the high and low hands. However, if you’re going to be going for the low hand, there are conditions that have to be met– this is where the game’s name 8-or-Better comes into play, as all five cards in the hand you’re trying to play should be ranked 8 or lower. Also, straights and flushes don’t count against a hand like this. So the lowest possible hand would be any combination of A-2-3-4-5, while the highest low hand would be any 8-7-6-5-4 combination. The lowest hands are ranked from the highest to the lowest, so 6-5-4-3-2 would be a better combination than 8-4-3-2-A for the pot. 

New To Poker? Learn One Of These Common Games

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.

Omaha

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.

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