Whether you are in a casino, a card room, or an online poker room, you’ll have typically have a few different options when it comes to poker games. Casino’s and card rooms typically run No Limit Hold’em and Omaha games throughout the day, and the larger ones will mix in some of the other games as well at points. Online poker rooms are where you can really find a wide array of games though. A lot of the larger online poker rooms will offer anything from No Limit Hold’em, to Omaha Hi/Lo, to games like Razz and Deuce to Seven Low Triple Draw. While all of the games can be a bit confusing (as the game you typically watch on TV is No Limit Hold’em), we are here to explain what each game is, as well as get a little bit more in-depth with each as well.
No Limit Texas Hold’em
No Limit Texas Hold’em is one of the key reasons why poker is where it is today. The World Series of Poker Main Event is a No Limit Texas Hold’em event, and is nationally televised on ESPN, drawing some incredible TV ratings. No Limit Hold’em is a game where each player is dealt two cards face down, and there is a flop (3 cards), turn (1 card), and river (1 card) and players go through rounds of betting and attempt to make the best five card hand that they can between their two cards and the five on the board. The idea behind “no limit” is that players can bet as much as they want at any time during a hand.
Limit Texas Hold’em
Limit Texas Hold’em is almost exactly like No Limit Texas Hold’em, except for the fact that you can only bet a certain amount each time. So basically, there is no option to go “all-in” typically, unless you are short on chips, or it is late in the hand. Limit Texas Hold’em has grown in popularity over the past few years.
Pot Limit Omaha
Another one of the more popular games in the world currently. A lot of the professional poker players play Pot Limit Omaha cash games as their primary games. The idea behind Omaha, is that you are dealt four cards instead of two, and there is still a flop, turn, and river just like Hold’em. But with the four cards that you are dealt, you MUST use two of them; no more, no less. The “pot limit” aspect of it means that players can only bet at most the size of the pot at any point during the hand. Again, there are no “all-in’s” unless the pot is larger than the players stack.
Seven Card Stud
Seven card stud was one of the originals when it came to playing poker. Each player is dealt two cards face down, and one face up for the table to see. There are rounds of betting after each card after that, and the last card is dealt face down. The idea is to make the best five card poker hand that you can, out of the seven cards that you are dealt.
Razz Poker is one of the games that is growing in popularity lately. It is essentially the opposite of seven card stud, as the rounds of betting are similar, but the idea behind the game is to make the LOWEST hand possible. Straights and flushes don’t count, so the best hand you can get in Razz is A-2-3-4-5.
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
This is a fairly new game in terms of popularity, but one that will continue to grow. Personally, it’s a fan favorite of mine. The idea behind 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, is that each player is dealt five cards, and can draw cards after each round of betting. You can draw up to three times, and you are trying to make the lowest hand possible with aces counted as being high. Straights and flushes do count, which is why it is 2-7, because five cards between 2 and 7 (2-3-4-5-7) are the best hands possible.
There are multiple types of games out there, but these are the six most popular types of poker currently; and also the types that you will find on most online poker sites. Not all sites include games like Razz and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, but they are games that are growing in terms of popularity.