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Intro: The most popular poker games played online
Written on Monday 22nd of October 2012

Introduction to Internet Poker Games

This fascinating type of card game has been played for hundreds of years. Best known for its notoriety with gamblers on Mississippi steam boats, the game has progressed to worldwide popularity with thousands of tournaments held every year. Its progression onto the internet has given Poker a whole new following, largely due to the facility of gathering players from all parts the globe in one internet poker room. Here are some of the most popular types of poker games you are likely to find when entering an internet Poker site:

Texas Hold'em Poker
Texas Hold'em Poker is possibly the best known and most popular of all the different types of Poker. Usually played with between 2 and 10 players at any one hand, with high stakes usually wagered. Each player receives two face-down cards (hole or pocket cards). There are five community cards face-up in the middle that can be used by any player. The winner is the player with the highest ranked five card hand after all the rounds have been played. The No Limit version of Texas Hold'em is the feature card game in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and is the main game of the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Omaha Poker
Omaha Poker is very similar to Texas Hold'em, except for two very noticeable differences; Each player is dealt four hole/pocket cards. A hand has to be made up with a combination of two hole/pocket cards and three community cards. Omaha poker has four rounds followed by a 'showdown', where players show their hands to determine the winner. The fact that there are 4 cards dealt to every player, means that there is generally more action than in Texas Hold'em. With more players in the game likely to get through to the showdown.

Omaha Hi Lo Poker
Omaha Hi Lo is variation of Ohama Poker which has been adapted to incorporate card values. In this game the lowest hand and the highest hand share the pot. The low hand must contain an 8 or higher.

7 Card Stud Poker

7 Card Stud Poker is one of the most demanding types of poker,  requiring skill, memory and strategy to play. The opportunity to evaluate your opponents hand is increased in 7 Card Stud, as each player must display four of their seven cards during the game. There are five rounds played in each game compared to four in Texas Hold'em and Omaha Poker.

5 Card Draw Poker
5 Card Draw Poker  is a variation on the more popular 7 card version. The rules vary so it is important you check them out before playing. Usually a player will only get one hole/pocket card with the other four  open for the other players to see. This makes it easier for other players to determine what your hand will be. Making it a challenging game with plenty of bluffing invloved.