When you begin playing online poker, some of the game types may seem unfamiliar to you. To stay competitive, online casinos try to offer up some of the most exciting variations of poker games around. Review the basic rules of each type before entering a poker room online. Seasoned players may grow annoyed if you hold up game play while trying to learn the rules of the game. Also, you risk losing money when you are unsure of how to play a particular type of poker game. Practice at free poker tables as you master the basics of each game type.
Texas Hold ‘Em
This game is the centerpiece of the majority of online poker websites. At the start of each virtual hand, players in the room are marked as the dealer, big blind and small blind. The dealer wagers last while the small blind is seated next to the dealer in the clockwise position. The next player clockwise of the small blind puts down the big blind. This is double the amount of the small blind and the minimum table bet. Each player starts off with two pocket cards and can bet or fold at this point. After the first round of betting, the flop is revealed on the table. The flop is three community cards used by all players to create the best possible hand. Another round of betting takes place where players can call, raise, fold or check. After the second round of betting, the turn takes place. The turn is one other community card placed on the table for all players to use. Another round of betting and then the dealer reveals the river, the last community card placed on the table. After the river, the final round of betting occurs. The hands are ranked at this point with the best one winning the entire pot.
This type of online poker game first gained popularity in Europe before becoming an international favorite. It has many of the same basic components of Texas Hold ‘Em with a few alterations. A dealer, small blind and big blind are assigned at the start of the game as well. However, each player starts with four cards instead of two cards. The flop, turn and river and betting rounds from this point on work the same way as Hold ‘Em. Each player gets the chance to call, raise, fold and check as the five community cards are revealed. The other significant difference in Omaha online poker games is hands are ranked differently than Hold ‘Em. Players can only use two of the cards in their hand and three community cards to make the best possible five card combination. For instance, you can’t have three pairs to win a hand of Omaha poker; instead the two highest pairs would be in consideration for the pot. When players have the same hand, the pot is split between them.
Seven Card Stud
Unlike the no limit structure of Omaha and Hold ‘Em poker games, online Seven Card Stud competitions typically follow a betting structure with fixed increment wages. Although seven cards are dealt during this type of game, only five cards are used to decide the winner. To begin, all players must place an ante which is the minimum bet to enter the game. At the start of the game called Third Street, all players are dealt one card face up and two cards face down. The one with the lowest card facing up is responsible for starting the action of the game. Each player then has to either fold, call to place a nominal bet to stay in the action or raise the table bet to the full amount permitted for the round. Players are then dealt another face up card to move onto the Fourth Street round. During this round, the player with the best two cards starts the action and can call, raise or fold. With Fifth Street, another exposed card is dealt with the highest poker value beginning the betting action again. Sixth Street is another repeat of this process with another exposed card dealt and betting being led by the player with the best hand. For Seventh Street, one card is dealt to each player face down and the final round of betting occurs. Remaining players then expose their cards and the highest valued hand wins the pot.
A variation on Seven Card Stud is the online game known as Razz. The setup of the poker game is the same. Each player must enter an ante to start game play and then go through multiple rounds of betting. For each round, you can either call, raise or fold depending on whether or not you want to continue playing. The central difference in Razz is the worst (lowest) possible hand wins the pot. The player with the worst cards at the beginning of each round will start the betting action instead of the player with the best poker hand. Cards are ranked and the lowest wins. Identical hands split the poker pot.
Five Card Draw
This online poker game is typically one of the first card games taught to players. At the start of each game, five hidden cards are dealt to players. The player to the left of the big blind starts the initial round of betting. Options for each bet include fold, call or raise. Afterwards, the draw takes place where players choose which cards in their hand to discard. You are then given newly dealt cards to replace the ones you have discarded. Another round of betting takes place before the showdown occurs. The player holding the best poker hand wins the game.
Review online casino rules for additional information before entering a new game. Betting limits and buy-in amounts let you know how much money you need for game play. Additional rules may be applied to the game such as the allowance to rebuy back into the game. No limit games don’t put restrictions on wagers while hi-lo games split winnings between the best and worst hands. Try out various online poker games to discover your favorites.