There are several ways in which poker can be played and new poker game variations are invented all the time. No single game is best. Everyone has their preferences and from time to time a new game becomes the flavor of the month. Most people are familiar with Texas Hold’em but there are many other types of poker out there to be played. Learning as many variants as you can help you find your preferred poker game and help you develop sharper skills, even if you still choose to play your original game choice. There are rule variations in all different types of poker which in itself create new games. The names and definitions of the rules vary.
In this section we have simplified poker variations into categories under which you will find elaborate explanations on each poker variation which includes poker game rules, poker strategy, payout tables and useful poker tips.
Basically poker is divided to three categories which hundreds of games are pigeon holed into, depending on their type:
Draw Poker- Games in which players are dealt a complete hand, hidden, and then improve by replacing cards.
Stud Poker- Games in which each player receives a combination of face-up cards and face-down cards in multiple betting rounds
Community- (Shared-Card) Games in which each player's incomplete hidden hand is combined with shared face-up cards. The most common of these are Texas hold 'em and Omaha hold 'em.
There are many popular card games out there which are not necessarily poker variants but derived from the game such as Guts Poker, a cousin of poker, which has many twists on how it can be played.