Poker Games – Poker Variation Overview

When someone says that they enjoy poker, they are really being incredibly vague because there are quite a few different variations of the game. When it comes down to it, the term “poker” is nothing more than a blanket term. No matter what version of the game you play, the fact of the matter is that poker is easily one of the most popular card games in the world and is not likely to be going anywhere anytime soon.

In the following few sections we will brief you on the different poker variations that exist and discuss a little bit about what makes them unique.

7 Card Stud Hi-Lo

As far as popularity is concerned, 7 Card Stud is among the most popular and widely played versions of poker that exists. Basically, the game is played by giving everyone around the table 7 cards. With the 7 dealt cards players are to attempt to put together the best possible 5-card hand. Unlike many other versions of poker, some of the dealt cards in Stud are dealt face-down while others are dealt face-up.

If we are talking about 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, the game differs only in the way winners are determined. Traditional Stud has only one winner, but the Hi-Lo version of the game has two winners more often than not.


HORSE Poker is referred to as one game, but it is really a single game that consists of 5 separate games. The “H” stands for Hold’em, the “O” stands for Omaha, the “R” stands for Razz, the “S” stands for Stud, and the “E” stands for Eight or Better, otherwise referred to as Omaha Hi-Lo. HORSE Poker is played one hand at a time, with each hand being a different one of the 5 varieties mentioned above. It’s really that simple.

Omaha Poker

Omaha poker is played by every player being dealt 4 face-down cards. A few rounds of betting will ensue and, when it comes down to it, the showdown occurs after all the remaining players have abandoned 2 of their 4 cards and utilize the 2 remaining cards, along with the 5 community cards on the table, in order to make the best possible 5-card hand.

Omaha Hi-Lo is another version of Omaha where, as it is with Stud Hi-Lo, two winners are determined for every hand. The hi card winner is fairly straightforward, but the lo card winner can only qualify if their best 5 card hand consists of 0 cards ranking higher than 8.

Razz Poker

Razz is one of the newest variations of poker, but that does not make it any less interesting nor exciting. In fact, it is catching on all over the world and is becoming a mainstay at brick and mortar and online poker rooms alike. The game borrows many of its rules from 7 Card Stud, so if you are familiar with that game the Razz Poker learning curve will be far from insurmountable.

One of the most immediately noticeable differences between Razz and any other form of poker is that Razz features an ante as opposed to any blinds. This means that every single player around the table is forced to make a pre-flop bet.

There are many other differences between Razz and other poker games, but we have a whole page dedicated to the finer workings of this game. Check it out and you will have a much better understand of how Razz works.

Texas Hold’em

By far the most popular version of poker in the world, Texas Hold’em has taken the poker scene by storm. No matter how many versions of poker exist, there are few people who envision any other variation taking over as far as popularity is concerned. You will find that there are very few online poker sites that do not have at least one stake level of Texas Hold’em. In fact, most brick and mortar sites also feature Hold’em games as well.

Basically, every player is dealt two face-down hole cards to begin the game. By the time a hand has been played the whole way through, there will be 5 community cards on the table. At this point those players that are still left standing will utilize their 2 cards and the 5 community cards on the table in order to form the strongest possible 5-card hand.

Six Plus Texas Hold’em

Six Plus Texas Hold’em is a more modern spin on the traditional version of the game, however it features a few small differences. For example, there are some times when you will see the 5th and final card not dealt in the middle of the table, but instead dealt to each player as a 3rd hole card, which makes things a bit interesting.

There are some other differences separating Six Plus Hold’em from the game it was named after, but there is a whole page dedicated to this new and exciting game.

Of all the card games in the world, poker is the most popular and there is nothing in the works that has anyone thinking that this will change. As more and more poker rooms pop up both online and in brick and mortar form, poker is what many would consider the perfect game. Featuring elements of skill and elements of luck in perfect proportion, it is really unlike any other gambling game that has ever existed.