When we talk about poker, we are not only referring to a card game, as it has a wide variety of different types. These types, although they have many similarities between them – and the objective is the same – are distinguished by fundamental aspects that give more or less dynamism to the game or make it a version designed more for professionals or for those who are just starting out.
In this article we are going to tell you about the different types of poker that we can find and what are the characteristics of each of them. Keep reading this article to learn about the different types of poker and their rules.
Classification of the different types of poker
Before explaining what the different types of poker are, it is important to make clear that each of them can vary depending on how they are played. It is for this reason that we make this classification, so that you have everything clear before you start playing. Many bookmakers use one of these classifications to make up their range of poker types. So, the first thing you should bear in mind is the following classification:
According to the way the bets are placed
In this case, it is the way in which players are allowed to place bets that is important. These can be:
– Limit poker.
– No-limit poker.
– Pot-limit poker.
Depending on the poker tournament
That is, depending on the type of tournament to be played. It is important to mention that tournaments in which no rebuying of chips is allowed are called “freezeouts”. These are the step tournaments, the turn tournaments and the guaranteed tournaments. The main poker tournaments are:
- Sit & Go
- Multi-table tournaments.
- Re-buy tournaments.
- Guaranteed tournaments.
According to the investment
In this case we would find two general classifications, depending on whether or not money is invested:
- Real money betting.
- Practice betting.
- Types of poker games.
Something you should know is that in the world of poker there are a great variety of modalities, however, not all the different types of poker that exist are available in all casinos, such as Chinese poker or five card draw poker, as they are not so popular in the country. In most countries, the most played types of poker are Texas Hold’em and Omaha -as well as their corresponding variants-. The percentage between the two cases agglutinates 96% of the participation of all players, both those who access via computer, as well as those who do so via mobile phone. Having clarified this point, let’s look at the most popular types of poker games:
Types of poker: Texas Hold’em
Texas Hold’em is the most played poker game in existence. The reason for this is that it is more likely to make the leap from beginner to winner in the medium term. Within this type of poker game, the most played variant worldwide is Texas Hold’em No-Limit, both in live casinos and online casinos. The rules of this type of poker are as follows:
- Each player is dealt a total of 2 hole cards.
- The dealer deals 5 cards on the table. Three at a time and the other two cards one after the other at the end of each round. These cards can be used by each player to make up their hand or draft hand.
- Players can bet before and after the cards are revealed.
- In order to remain in the hand, it is mandatory that each player has put the same amount of chips into the pot (active players).
- The hand that wins the pot is the best 5-card combination.
Types of poker: Omaha
Omaha ranks as the second most popular and most played type of poker game worldwide. The most famous variants of Omaha are Omaha Hi and Omaha High-Lo. The first one (Hi) stands out because in it, each poker hand is won by only one player – according to his combination of cards – while in the second one (High-Lo) there are two winning hands, corresponding to the high and the low. In this case, the pot is split 50/50 between the winners – it is possible that both are the same player, or that the lower pot remains undelivered in case the hand is not completed.
The low hand rule requires 5 cards lower than 8 to be used. In addition, only 2 of the initial 4 cards can be used in addition to the 3 of the 5 community cards. The 5 community cards are revealed after the flop, turn and river rounds.
Types of poker: Stud
This is another of the most popular types of poker that we can find, the mythical game that we see in American Western movies. Likewise, its most popular variant is 7 Card Stud. Here players are dealt a total of 7 private cards, but there are no community cards on the table. In this type of poker game players can only use their cards to make the best hand. However, they must make mandatory ante bets on the first 5 rounds or streets.
Types of poker: Draw Poker
Not as popular as the other different types of poker, but still very popular. Bluffing is very popular in this game due to its rules. In this game 5 cards are dealt and compulsory bets are made in the first few rounds. The most characteristic feature of this game is the discard. Players can exchange one card for another in the first round, which starts with the player to the left of the Big Blind. The discard is made before the player starts talking. At the end of the game the best hand of 5 cards is shown. The discard, in this game, offers the possibility of consolidating high hands at the end.