Poker and Its Variants; the Key to Winning

To get good at poker, you need to understand the game you are playing. There are different variations of poker, mainly because of the nature of cards. You can come up with any of many rules for a game, and poker enthusiasts across the world do. There are some variants of the game that we will never even know about, and then there are the more common games.

Texas Hold’em

This is currently the most popular form of poker, and even renowned poker tournaments are using it. In this poker type, the aim is having the best hand after the rounds of betting. Basically, every player starts by getting two face-down cards. The dealer then places five community cards on the table face up. There are three classes of these community cards; the flop which is the first three cards, the turn which is the fourth, and the river which is the fifth. There are many ways of wining at Texas Hold’em, and the more you play the better you’ll understand what they are.


Omaha is different from Texas Hold’em in that it does not start with two cards. Instead, the players each get four cards, and the strength of the opening hand is not as important as it is in Texas Hold’em. Betting is pretty much as happens in Texas Hold’em, but the players are not allowed to bet for more than has been pooled in the playing pot.

Seven-Card Stud

This has become a highly popular poker variant. The basic premise is that players are dealt three cards with two being face-down and one face-up. The next four cards are face-up and the last card is face-down. The aim is to get to the end of the game with the strongest hand. Betting is done at every round all the way to the seventh card, hence the name.

There are other poker variants worth mentioning such as razz, five-card draw and HORSE.