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Today, internet poker sites have taken the dark, smoky ambiance of the quintessential poker room and have made it accessible to anyone anywhere… online. The best online poker provides players with all of their favourite versions of poker with tables filled with players from all over the world assessing their hands virtually! While some poker sites concentrate their efforts and provide only one or two types of poker, other poker sites offer a wide range of poker games. But before you decide which poker site is better for you, take a moment to learn more about the most popular and well-known poker games.

Texas Hold'em

Texas Hold’em is the most popular online poker games today. It was probably invented sometime in the early 1900s. By 1970, Hold’em was the main event in the newly organized World Series of Poker. The game is played by dealing each player two cards face-down, followed by betting. Three communal cards (the ‘flop’) are dealt face-up in the center of the table and a betting round. Two more cards are dealt in the center (called the ‘turn’ and ‘river’), one at a time, followed by betting rounds. At the end, any players left show their hands, and the best 5-card standard poker hand wins the pot (both hole cards must be used).

Since its creation, Texas Hold’em has evolved, giving rise to Texas Hold’em No Limit and Texas Hold’em Limit, which have become two of the most popular Hold’em versions played today.


Omaha Hi Poker and Omaha Hi-Lo Poker are both variations of Hold’em, except 4 cards are initially dealt face-down instead of 2. Only 2 of these ‘hole’ cards may be used, plus 3 of the cards in the middle of the table, to make up a player’s hand. Both versions have clearly developed from hold’em, but their exact history is unclear. In the Hi-Lo version, the players with the highest and lowest hands split the pot.


The origin of 7-Card Stud is shrouded in mystery. Poker was played in the USA about 1829 and spread via Mississippi riverboats, but it’s unclear when stud was first played. The game begins with the dealing of three cards to each player, two face-down and the third face-up followed by a betting round. Then three successive up-cards are dealt, with betting rounds in between. The seventh card is dealt face-down, followed by the last betting round and the showdown. 5-Card Stud follows nearly the same rules, with of course a total of 5 cards rather than seven.


Five-card draw was most certainly played on the riverboats of the Mississippi in the early 1800s, probably even before stud. Each player is dealt 5 cards face-down, followed by a round of betting. Then, players decide how many cards to throw away, replaced by a ‘draw’ of an equal amount of new cards. Then comes a last betting round, followed by a showdown.


As is the case with most poker card games, the history of Razz is a bit unclear. However, it obviously developed from 7-card stud, probably in the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. This is basically a “low” version of 7-card stud, with the object being to make the lowest 5 card hand. The deal and betting rounds are exactly the same as 7-card stud.

Enjoying Your Poker Games

Today there is an incredible variety of ways to play poker games online. You may choose cash games or tournaments. Tournaments may be a multi-table event or a sit and go event (single table tournament). You also have turbo tournaments where the blinds escalate rapidly, speeding up play. Ladder or shootout tournaments involve a series of sit-n-gos which then lead to a final table. Sometimes tournaments offer bounties for eliminating professional or well-known players. All of this variety is in addition to playing fixed-limit, pot-limit or no-limit poker card games and demands serious consideration.

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