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Poker is a card game and like any other game it has its own rules. Very often the term "poker" is only associated with its most popular variation Texas Hold'em, however it is very important to note that the game of poker has a much broader sense employing over a hundred of different game variations. The rules of each poker game are unique: some of them are very similar, some, on the other hand, are nothing alike. Such diversity is one of the main reasons why poker is so popular all over the world. In order to play poker and benefit from it, you don't need to know more than 2 or 3 of the main games. However, after some time it might just get boring. Most of the online poker rooms often introduce various non-standard poker games which makes the players learn new poker variations. Getting acquainted with new games of poker is also fun when it's done at the home games to change the routine once in a while by playing Pinatubo, Manila or Strip poker. This part of the website introduces you with the poker rules of lots of different variations of the game, examples and strategy tips of both classic and non-standard poker variations. So start learning the new poker rules. Good luck!
  • Official Texas Hold'em Poker Rules

    Official Texas Hold'em Poker Rules

    Texas Hold'em Poker

    Texas Hold'em is the game of poker that has became a world wide sensation in the past few decades. It is now the main poker game in almost all the casinos and poker rooms all over the globe. In the 21st century it has also occupied the world wide web, thanks to the enormously growing popularity of online poker. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Party Poker – these are only few names of the great population of the online poker rooms. And almost all of them introduce Texas Hold'em as their main poker game.

  • Omaha Poker Rules

    Omaha Poker Rules

    Omaha High

    Omaha High Poker is one of the most popular poker games in the World. Although it is mostly played in Europe and North America, Omaha High is becoming more and more popular in the other parts as well. Omaha poker rules are almost the same as those of Texas Hold'em with with the only and yet very important exception – instead of two hole cards, each player receives four. And this actually brings significant changes to the game.

  • Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Poker Rules

    Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Poker Rules

    Omaha Hi-Lo

    Omaha Hi-Lo is a popular Omaha poker game offered by most of the online poker rooms. The main game rules and procedures in this poker variation are almost the same as in Texas Hold'em. However, there are some important differences which make Omaha Hi-Lo a very popular poker game filled with action. Just like in Omaha High, the players receive four hole cards each, two and only two of which must then be used in their card combinations. Omaha 8 or better is a high-low game which means that the players can use two of their cards along with the three from the table to form the highest or the lowest card combination.

  • Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

    Seven Card Stud Poker Rules

    Seven Card Stud Poker

    Seven Card Stud is the most common form of Stud poker which had once held the title of being the most popular poker game in the US. And despite the fact that Texas Hold'em has now become the most widely spread poker variation, Stud is still considerably popular, especially at the East Coast. Seven Card Stud can be played by two to eight players each of them receiving seven cards – three closed and four open. The goal of the game is to make the best possible five-card combination by using the cards the players receive.

  • Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Poker Rules

    Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Poker Rules

    Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

    Stud 8 or Better is a high-low version of the 7-Card Stud. This game belongs to the “split-pot” type of poker in which the highest hand takes one half of the bank and the lowest takes the other. The game rules and procedures are the same as in the Seven Card Stud. The difference in Hi-Lo is that the bets cannot be doubled on the fourth street with the presence of a pair and that at the end of the game the pot is split between the high and the low hands.

  • Five Card Stud Poker Rules

    Five Card Stud Poker Rules

    Five Card Stud

    At some point Five Card Stud used to be the most popular form of poker in the United States. It was played by the presidents and even the Hollywood celebrities in the world-famous motion picture – “The Cincinnati Kid”. Although the popularity of the Five Card Stud in casinos had dropped severely, it is still played in home games and some online poker rooms.

  • 2 to 7 Triple Draw Poker Rules

    2 to 7 Triple Draw Poker Rules

    Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

    Lowball 2 to 7 triple draw is a poker variation which is very popular among the high-stake players in California and Las Vegas and is the most famous mixed poker game in the world. It is also played at some of the online poker rooms as well as the home games. In 2 to 7 triple draw every player receives five hole cards with the goal of making the lowest-possible card combination. There are four betting rounds and three card draws.

  • A to 5 Triple Draw Poker Rules

    A to 5 Triple Draw Poker Rules

    Ace to Five Triple Draw

    A to 5 triple draw is a less popular variation of draw poker. It has basically the same game structure as 2 to 7 triple draw poker. The only difference between these two games is the hand strength. In A to 5 triple draw straights and flushes are perceived as an advantage of the hand and ace can act as the lowest card. Therefore the best Ace to Five Triple Draw card combination is A2345 followed by A2346, A2356, A2456, A3456, 23456 etc.

  • HORSE Poker Rules

    HORSE Poker Rules

    H.O.R.S.E. Poker

    HORSE is a game of poker which consists of several different poker variations:

    H: Texas Hold'em
    O: Omaha Hi-Lo
    R: Razz
    S: Seven Card Stud
    E: Seven Card Stud Eight or Better

  • Razz Poker Rules

    Razz Poker Rules

    Razz Poker

    Razz had recently became a very popular variations of poker among the high stakes players especially after the 2004 World Series of Poker. It is a rather simple game to learn, however, a very interesting one. There are five betting rounds in Razz poker including the antes and the game is played by up to eight players. Each of the participants starting with the one on the dealer's left receives two hole cards being dealt face-down along with four open ones and the last card (the River) also being dealt face-down to every player at the table.

  • Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules

    Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules

    Crazy Pineapple Poker

    Crazy Pineapple is a Texas Hold'em poker variation which keeps to the same basic game and betting structure. However, there are few important differences that make this game unique and really exciting. The main difference between Texas Hold'em and Crazy Pineapple is that instead of the usual two hole cards the players receive three. The preflop betting goes the same way as in Hold'em games.

  • Crazy Pineapple 8 or Better Poker Rules

    Crazy Pineapple 8 or Better Poker Rules

    Crazy Pineapple (8 or Better)

    Crazy Pineapple Eight or Better is a high-low variation of the Crazy Pineapple poker game. The main difference between these two variations is that in the game of 8 or better the pot is split between the best lowest and the best highest hands. However, as the highest card combination is always present in the game, the lowest can only be collected by using the five unpaired cards that are either equal to eight or lower.

  • Heads Up Poker Rules

    Heads Up Poker Rules

    Heads-Up Poker

    Heads-up is a game of poker played by two players. This type of poker had recently became very popular and a lot of online poker rooms now offer Heads-up Sit 'n' Go tournaments as well as the two-player cash games. The most common poker variation played at the Heads-up tables is No-Limit Texas Hold'em, although technically any one-on-one game of poker is a Heads-up game.

  • Badugi Poker Rules

    Badugi Poker Rules

    Badugi Poker

    Badugi is a rather new variation of poker. It is usually played by those who are bored with the traditional poker games. More and more online poker rooms are beginning to include Badugi poker into their list of poker games. The world's largest online poker room – PokerStars – has also recently introduced their players to Badugi poker.

  • 8-Game Mix Poker Rules

    8-Game Mix Poker Rules

    8-Game Mix Poker

    Mixed poker games have become very popular in recent years, especially after the introduction of $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. event in the 2006 WSOP. The 8-Game Mix includes the following eight poker games:

    T - Limit 2 to 7 Triple Draw
    H - Limit Texas Hold'em
    O - Limit Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better)
    R - Razz

  • Double Flop Hold'em Poker Rules

    Double Flop Hold'em Poker Rules

    Double Flop Hold'em Poker

    Double Flop Hold'em is a rather unusual Texas Hold'em variation although the game structure is very similar to the original game. There are two community card sets in Double Flop Hold'em – two flops, two turns and two rivers. The pot is split between the first and the second flop. The name holds the whole essence of the game – Double Flop Holdem is a variation of Texas Holdem poker in which two sets of community cards are dealt on the table.

  • Mixed Hold'em Poker Rules

    Mixed Hold'em Poker Rules

    Mixed Hold'em Poker

    Those who like to switch between different limit variations when playing Texas Hold'em poker or would simply like to combine limit and no-limit poker games should definitely try Mixed Holdem Poker. When playing Mixed Holdem one is sure to experience the diversity of the game consisting of both Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold'em. Each dealer button's circle around the table signals the beginning of a new round. The blinds change according to the betting rounds.

  • Royal Hold'em Poker Rules

    Royal Hold'em Poker Rules

    Royal Hold'em Poker

    This game of poker is a Texas Hold'em variation played with only 20 cards in the deck: A K Q J and 10 of each suit. Because of the card shortage Royal Hold'em can only be played by up to 6 players. In case of the maximum number of participants at the table all of the cards in the deck have to be used: 2 hole cards for each player, 5 community cards and 3 burned cards. There are five possible Royal Hold'em card combinations: royal flush, four of a kind, full house, straight and two pair (the combinations are listed according to their strength).

  • HOSE Poker Rules

    HOSE Poker Rules

    H.O.S.E. Poker

    HOSE is almost the same as HORSE poker with one exception – the game dos not include Razz. This means that in HOSE players have to switch from Omaha Hi-Lo to Seven Card Stud immediately. Its is a perfect variation of a traditional HORSE game for those feel that they're not yet ready for HORSE or just want to take part in a simple mixed game and have some good time.

  • HOE Poker Rules

    HOE Poker Rules

    H.O.E. Poker

    HOE poker is a variation of the traditional mixed poker game – HORSE poker. The game is meant for those who want to warm up a little before starting to play H.O.R.S.E. or just want to try out one of them mixed games.

  • HO Poker Rules

    HO Poker Rules

    H.O. Poker

    One of the mixed poker games that is constantly growing in popularity in both live and online poker games is HO Poker. This variation of poker consists of two most popular poker games which are both played in fixed limits:

  • OE Poker Rules

    OE Poker Rules

    O.E. Poker

    O.E. poker is a mixed poker game which first of all should be noted by those who are actually good at Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and Omaha Hi-Lo games. As a lot of online poker players tent to avoid big games like HORSE as they don't feel confident in all of the five games that are played, smaller mixed games like OE look like the way to go. However, the game is not as easy as it might seem, therefore lots of amateur online players waste some good money there.

  • Strip Poker Rules

    Strip Poker Rules

    Strip Poker

    If you would like to bring some excitement to your home poker game and make it a little more interesting, you should try playing strip poker. It is a game of poker which is played for your clothes instead of money or chips. Due to  the obvious reasons strip poker is the game that should only be played by adults. However, it may also be played with money or chips and only start using clothes when a player has no funds left.

  • Cold Omaha Poker Rules

    Cold Omaha Poker Rules

    Cold Omaha Poker

    Cold Omaha is a variation of poker based on the rules of Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better). The game is played by 5 to 10 players with each of them receiving five hole cards (one more than in the regular Omaha game). As soon as the cards are dealt, the deck may be left aside as it is no longer needed in the game. Every player observes their cards and gives up one card that they do not need face-down. The dealer collects these cards, makes up a deck and shuffles it.


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