The Basic Guide of Playing the
Top Variations of Online Poker
By Luther Abrams
Are you tired of playing the same old online poker game over and over? Then you need to explore more and try playing its variations. Being that poker is a hit when it was brought online and even before in regular casinos, many online casino game developers came up with different variations of this popular game.
The purpose of why you play poker online is to either have fun and kill time or test your skills and challenge yourself to win real money. Keeping these in mind particularly the former, many game developers created different versions of the beloved game of poker. This makes it more fun for avid gamblers and players because nowadays you have more options to choose from.
Whatever your resolution or objectives are, you should deserve to have fun and have the best gambling experience. In relation to this, let’s have a look at the different online poker variations and learn the basics of how to play them.
Texas Hold’em is currently the most popular online poker game in existence. It’s featured on many websites that offer poker games and it even has its own smartphone game application. The popularity of this game made it easier to learn how to play it because you can find many sources that can tell you how.
At the start of every game, the two players to the left of the button will put forward bets called “blinds”. After two hole cards have been dealt with each player, the action begins with the player to the left of the “big blind” and goes clockwise, where players can either call, raise, or fold. After the first betting round, three cards are dealt onto the table called the “flop”.
The flop or the “community cards” can be used by all players simultaneously to try and make the best poker hand. After another betting round, one more community card is dealt called the “turn”, followed by the final “river” community card. The player with the best 5-card poker hand after another round consisting of any combination of their 2 hole cards and 5 community card wins.
Pot-Limit Omaha is similar to Texas Hold’em but with a few distinct differences. This game is a favorite for high rollers because it has lots of actions in store.
PLO uses blinds and 5 community cards and all the betting rounds are the same with Texas Hold’em. The difference is that each player gets 4 hole cards. In Omaha, you must use 2 of your hole cards along with 3 community cards to make the best 5-poker hand.
Before Texas Hold’em rose into popularity, stud poker used to be the most common form of poker. This is a much slower game than the previous two that were discussed.
There are no community cards and it’s almost always played with fixed betting limits. In stud poker, players receive their own hand, two face-down and one-face up, after paying an ante. The player with the lowest face-up card will be forced to “bring it in.” If the ante is $1, the bring-in is usually at $5. That player will have the option to “complete” by paying $10.
Betting will continue clockwise with each player having the option to call the bring-in, raise, or fold. After everyone has taken their turn another card is dealt face up to each player which is called the “fourth street.” This pattern goes on every betting round until the seventh street, which is a face-down card. Anyone still in the hand after the last round of betting must show their hands and make the best 5-poker hand to win.
Short deck poker is a variant of Texas Hold’em that has become a staple in high stakes cash games and tournaments.
A short deck is typically played as an ante game. All players place forward an ante to start, which will build the main pot. The player on the button will place an additional ante which will be used for the first preflop betting round. Action starts with the player to the left of the button and players may either call, raise, or fold against that button ante.
After the preflop, post-flop play continues just like in Hold’em, with a flop, turn, and river. During these rounds, the action will start with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. If there are players remaining after the final betting round, a showdown will take place and the player with the highest hand wins the pot.
Take note that short deck is a no-limit game, which means players can go all-in with their bets at any time.
These are the basic rules you need to know to play top online poker variations. If ever you get bored of the same game that you’re playing, indulge yourself and play other variations, and who knows, you might end up liking them even better.
Luther Abrams is an online game and sports enthusiast who spent his younger years playing and watching basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and badminton games, among the many others. Today, as an early retiree, he continues to write about his love and passion for sports. On most days, he also loves to play ball with his two kids.
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