Popular Types of Online Poker
The popularity of online gambling is increasing as it becomes easier to access, but there's a lot to know before you can start to earn some real money. Poker online is a popular choice, so here's a look at some of the different games available to you.
Texas Hold 'Em
Texas Hold 'em is the most popular online poker game. It is played with a standard 52-card deck, where every player is dealt a hand. You compete with other players based on your cards, the community cards displayed and betting levels. The player with the strongest poker hand at the end of the game wins the pot.
At the start of the game, two cards will be dealt. And these cards are known only to you. Then, five more cards are dealt as community cards in a definitive sequence. In Texas Hold 'Em, there are four rounds: the Pre-flop, the Flop, the Turn and the River. During each round, you can decide to bet or fold. The cards are revealed at the end of a game for the winner to be determined.
The aim is to own the strongest 5-card poker hand or make your opponents believe you do, causing them to fold in which case the last man standing wins the pot. Texas Hold 'Em is also very popular because it is the easiest to learn and is one of the best places to start for a newbie.
This is another popular online poker game like Texas Hold'em. Also known as Omaha Hold 'Em or Omaha High, it is another community card poker game. The difference is that when you play Omaha, you are dealt four cards instead of two. Out of these, you can only use two cards to make your poker hand and because of this, the hand you think you will play pre-flop may change during the flop, turn and the river. This rule affects the outcome of the game interestingly.
Omaha also includes a community round, where each player's card is mixed with that of the others. You are not permitted to reveal your hand until all other players have revealed theirs. In Omaha, you only get one chance to re-raise.
You can also play another version of Omaha known as the Omaha Hi/Lo. This is a split-pot version of the Omaha game where the pot gets split between the highest and lowest hand at the table. Here, the only way to win the whole pot is to be the player with both the highest and lowest poker hands. The Omaha Hi/Lo can be played either with a qualifying hand, known as Omaha 8, or without a qualifying hand.
The Seven-Card Stud is a popular online poker game that includes a community round in which each of your cards is mixed with that of the other players before the showdown. This type of poker is usually more planned than Texas Hold 'Em and Omaha because you can hold your cards differently.
This is one of the oldest variants as it has been around since the civil war when it was popular among the US military for many years. Only eight players can play this game because a 52-card deck cannot take more than 8 players.
At the start of a game, 7 cards are dealt to each player after which every player places an ante bet. Once the seventh card has been dealt you will have four cards facing up and three facing down. You then have to make the best five-card hand from the seven cards you have. This variant is quite different from the others because of its fixed limits or pot limit.
There are many versions of online poker. However, the most popular remains Texas Hold 'em simply because it is easy to learn and win with little or no prior experience. You can also spice up your poker experience by mixing up the forms of poker you play. Meaning trying both cash games and tournaments or even exploring online casino poker games.