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Poker is the #1 card game played by millions around the world. Although Hold’em may be the most popular form of poker, and the first game beginners often learn, there are well over 100 different versions of the game available. From the common dealer's choice house games to variations played online; poker is no longer limited to just a handful of games. Each poker game offers a unique twist to the classic game. While the games may appear to be similar, the way they are played will differ from one poker game to the next. From hand rankings, to betting structures, and even how the hands can be formed will vary significantly.

Below you'll find a list of the more common variations of poker games online. Each poker game outlines a brief summary on how to play, in addition to dedicated page which offers all the information you'll need to dive right in. Beside each game summary, you’ll also find a list of the top five poker sites offering that particular game and support unlimited free play, in addition to real money poker games.

Learning new poker games not only keeps the game interesting, but allows you to strengthen your skills in other variations, including Hold'em. Once you have mastered the basics you can further your game by learning some of the more advanced poker strategy concepts.

Texas Hold'em Poker

Texas Holdem is by far the most popular and widely played poker game in the world.  Hold'em can be played in multiple formats including Limit, No Limit, and Pot-Limit.  Beginners should learn how to play each of the variations of Texas Holdem poker games, as each format is entirely unique in structure. As Texas Holdem is played by millions around the world every online poker sites offers a variety of Texas Holdem poker games available for free or real money.

We provide a page specifically dedicated to learning how to play Texas Holdem along with details on the top Texas Holdem poker sites online.

Omaha Poker

Omaha Poker is a derivative of Texas Holdem however the game is entirely unique in its own.  The general concept between the two games is the same, create your best five card poker hand, however Omaha Poker allows you four hole cards and five community cards. Players must create their poker hand using only two of the four hole cards and three of the five community cards. Omaha Poker is played in hi and hi lo, otherwise referred to as Omaha 8 and offered in Pot Limit, No Limit and Fixed Limit.

For more information on the difference between Omaha and Omaha 8 you can read our How to Play Omaha Poker page which also includes the top poker sites for Omaha players.

Stud Poker

Stud Poker, was at one point the most popular poker game played and is now considered the classic game of poker. There are multiple variations of Stud however the more common versions include 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi Lo and 5 Card Stud.  Unlike Holdem and Omaha where players use community cards, Seven Card Stud players are dealt a total of seven cards, two face down and five face up with the object to create the best five card poker hand. There are no community cards in the classic versions of Stud Poker but are in dealer's choice poker games. For more information please see our Stud Poker guide, which outlines the standard rules, hand rankings and variations available.

Although Stud Poker is not as popular as it once was it is available at many of the top poker sites in a variety of limits.


HORSE Poker is the ultimate game of poker for those who truely want to test their skills in multiple formats. HORSE is a combination of Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud Eight or Better. Before you dive into playing HORSE we suggest you read our guide to playing HORSE Poker to better understand the structure of the game.

Although HORSE is no where near as popular as some of the variations that make up this game, it is available at a number of online poker sites in ring and tournament format.

Razz Poker

Razz is a form of Stud Poker however players will be playing for the best lowest hand rather than the highest poker hand. Razz is also referred to as lowball poker. Players will receive a total of seven cards with the object of the game to make the best possible lowest hand using only five of the seven cards received. Players should note in Razz straights and flushes do not count towards your low hand and A’s are always low.

For more information on Razz please see our "How to Play Razz" page which outlines the rules and general guidelines for playing Razz, along with hand rankings and starting hands.

Badugi Poker

Badugi Poker is a variant of draw poker however is played similar to lowball. The biggest difference between Badugi Poker and the other traditional games is that hands are created using only four cards instead of five. There are three drawing rounds in total, and players will be given the option to draw as many or as few cards to make the best Badugi Poker hand.

Badugi Poker uses a very unique format for ranking hands. Although the hand should consist of the best low hand, there are specific rules in play for suits, pairs and sets. Likewise if you are new to playing Badugi Poker we suggest you read our page outlining hand rankings and how to play Badugi Poker.

Draw Poker

Draw Poker games are those which allow players to draw additional cards during any part of the game to complete their best five card hand at showdown. 5 Card Draw is by far the more common variant often played in home games and available at many of the online poker sites. The game typically uses antes vs. blinds and depending on which game is played, draw poker allows anywhere from 1 – 3 draws per round. Likewise the number of cards a player can draw will vary accordingly.

For more information please read our "How to Play Draw Poker" guide which offers instructions on how to play, other variants of the game and basic strategy and tips for draw players.

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