Alternative Forms of Poker

Texas Hold’Em, despite being the most popular variant of poker in the world, certainly isn’t the only form. There are hundreds of different variations on poker that all have their own appeal. 

Here are a few of the, in our opinion, best ones:

Omaha Hi

Omaha Hi is the second most popular form of poker, commonly known by the abbreviation PLO (Pot Limit Omaha).

In Omaha, each player is dealt four hole cards to begin with. Players must use a combination of two of their hole cards along with three of the five community cards dealt in later rounds to make the best five card hand. If the hand makes it to showdown, the player with the best five card hand wins the pot.

Five Card Draw

Five Card Draw is a popular variant among home games due to its simplicity and ease of playing.

Each player gets dealt 5 hole cards. There are then two rounds of betting and, in between these betting rounds, players can discard any amount of their cards and replace them with others from the deck. Once the betting is complete, the player with the best five card hand wins at showdown.

Seven Card Stud

Stud games are another variant of poker that is popular in home games, due to it’s history across the United States.

In a game of Seven Card Stud, each player is dealt two cards face down and one card face up. This is followed by a round of betting, commonly starting with the player who has the highest face up card. After this round is complete, another face up card is dealt to each player. This alternation of betting and dealing continues until each remaining player has seven cards. The last card to each player is dealt face down and, after the final round of betting, the player with the best five card hand wins the hand.