Poker Games Strategy
If you’re looking for ways to become a successful poker player, you probably already know about all the different poker variants that you’ll be required to master in order to call yourself a complete player.
You’ll find most of these variants in online poker rooms too, but some of them are only available in live events.
Texas Holdem doesn’t really need an introduction for anyone who’s ever spent 10 minutes in an online poker room. A community card game, compared to other variants, Holdem offers certain advantages to beginners over experienced opponents because of the big say the luck factor gets in the game.
Omaha (and Omaha Hi/Lo) is also a community card game, slightly different from Holdem, but played by pretty much the same community-card game structure. Making money on Omaha is much more difficult if you’re a beginner and much easier if you’re a skilled veteran.
7-Card Stud used to be the most popular poker variant in the US before Holdem and Omaha came along. Stud is not a community card game. Out of the 7 cards each player gets, some will be visible for their opponents, so the betting will go down based on those face-cards.
5-Card Stud is a variation on 7-Card Stud, which deals players fewer cards and features essentially the same game system. 5-Card Stud is hardly played anywhere anymore. Razz is basically played by the same rules as 7-Card Stud, only in Razz low hands are the winners.
HORSE is a mixed game, which is basically a combination of Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi-Lo.
Badugi is a draw poker variant, in which players are dealt complete 5-Card hands with the option of changing cards in later rounds.