For decades, poker has been at the front of any gambling areas popularity. From the classic five card draw poker, to Texas Hold Em, which has now become synonymous with the umbrella phrase of poker, there are many different variations of the game to suit everyones needs and abilities.
Texas Hold Em. Without doubt, Texas Hold Em is the most popular form of poker that is currently played. Although it has been played regularly in casinos since the middle of the 20th century, it was not until the late 1990s that the game really took off. Partly due to the increase in games that were being shown on global television and partly because of the introduction of proper and effective online poker rooms, the game has blossomed into a multi million pound industry.
Five Card Draw. Seen as the classic and the original poker game by many, five card draw poker is a much simpler and easier form of poker than its more modern relatives. Starting with five cards each, two rounds of betting ensue with a possibility to change several cards in between the betting and then all cards are shown, with the winner being the person with the highest value hand. Simple to get to grips with but difficult to become proficient at, five card draw is the traditional game of poker.
Five Card Stud. Whilst five card draw is seen as the classic poker game, five card stud is cited as being the very first stud poker game. Gaining popularity throughout the period of the American Civil War, the game is virtually non existent in the popular poker world today. Once a prominent game that featured regularly in the World Series of Poker throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the game has been removed entirely in recent years. Still popular in many countries, particularly throughout central and eastern Europe, it boasts many variations of the original game, including a Hi Low version and the popular Mexican Stud, also known as Stud Loco.
Seven Card Stud. If there were a timeline of popularity in terms of poker, seven card stud poker would sit comfortably between five card stud and Texas Hold Em. A progression from the original five card stud poker, seven card stud has very little differences in terms of play, with the only major difference being the number of cards used.
Omaha. Like Texas Hold Em, Omaha poker is a community card poker game in which each player is provided with four cards and they have to create the best possible hand out of two of their hole cards and three of the five community cards available. The game of Omaha is popular in many casinos around the world and many offer a fantastic variation to the standard game called Omaha Hi Low. Played in essentially the same way as Omaha, the difference is that there are payouts for the player with the highest scoring hand and the lowest scoring hand, which can regularly be the same person. If played correctly and effectively, Omaha Hi Low can be an extremely profitable poker game.