Online Poker Variants

Online poker variants fall into three main categories, namely:

  • Community card poker
  • Draw poker
  • Stud poker

Community Card Poker

The most popular online poker games use community cards. These are ‘shared’ or ‘window’ cards which are dealt onto the table, visible to all players. A player needs to combine his hole cards with the cards on the board to create the best possible hand according to rules specific to the poker variant being played.

Texas Hold’em

Television coverage and the online poker explosion have turned Texas Hold’Em into the most popular form of community card poker. Every poker player receives two hole cards, followed by a betting round. Three community cards are dealt face up, after which a second round of betting takes place. Another community card is dealt – followed by a second betting round. Another shared card is dealt, proceeded by another betting round. This course of action is repeated once more. Each player uses whichever five cards from his hand and the board to create the best possible hand.

Ohama Hold’Em

Ohama is a very popular online poker variant that employs community cards. The betting structure is the same as in Texas Hold’Em. However, each player receives four hole cards. Players are required to use only two of their hole cards, combined with three of the community cards to create the best possible hand. This makes flushes and straights much more common, and winning hands generally fall into higher categories.

Draw Poker

In draw poker, players can improve the initial hand that they are dealt by replacing a number of their hole cards with unseen cards from the deck. The most well known form of draw poker is five-card draw.

Stud Poker

Stud poker is any type of poker where players receive a combination of face-down and face-up cards which are dealt throughout the betting rounds. Usually, the player with the best visible cards will open the first betting round.

Seven Card Stud

Seven-card stud is the most popular stud online poker game. The order of play is outlined below. Note that a betting round takes place after new cards are dealt. The person with the highest visible poker hand showing is forced to open each betting round.

  • Firstly each player receives two up-cards and a down-card
  • Each player is dealt an up-card
  • Each player is dealt an up-card
  • Each player is dealt an up-card
  • Each player is dealt a down-card
  • The showdown take place