Top 13 Poker Variations for Beginners

Top 13 Poker Variations for Beginners

Poker Variations for Beginners

Most people play Texas Holdem these days because it has become one of the most famous poker variants.

But Texas Holdem is not only the variant of poker. Poker has many other variants too.

Below is a list of popular poker variations.

Top 13 Poker Variations for Beginners

Texas Holdem

It is one of the easiest and popular poker games. Every poker player knows how to play Texas Holdem. Even an amateur player can learn it very quickly.

The dealer deals two cards (Hole cards) to each player. Players wait for the community cards to be disclosed. A total of five community cards is placed on the table.

Betting takes place in four rounds. First, when the hole cards are distributed. Second, when the three community cards are disclosed, which is referred to as the flop.

Third, when the fourth community card is disclosed, which is referred to as the turn.

And the last betting is done when the fifth community card is revealed.

Every player will try to make the best combination of five cards from the available seven cards. A player with the best combination will win.



Omaha is the second most popular variant of poker. It is like Texas Holdem.

There is only one difference between Texas Holdem and Omaha.

Instead of two-hole cards, four-hole cards are distributed to each player. The dealer instantly discloses the five community cards.

Betting is the same, which takes place in four rounds.

Every player will try to make the best 5-hand. A Player will make the hand by using two hole cards from the available four hole cards and three community cards from the five community cards.

  1. Omaha Hi-Lo

It is a “split-pot” version of poker. As the name suggests, players compete for both the high-hand and the low-hand.

The pot is equally divided between two players, i.e., the highest-ranked 5-card poker hand and the one with the lowest-ranked 5-card poker hand.

The basic rules of Omaha Hi-Lo are similar to Omaha. Four hole cards and five community cards are dealt. Players will have to make the best 5-hand combination as well as the lowest-ranked 5-card poker.


7-Card Stud

Before No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha, the 7-card stud was the most popular poker variant in America.

If you like to play slower games that reward good money and have betting limits, the 7-card stud is the best option for you,

It is not difficult to play. However, there are no community cards involved in it.

In a 7-card stud, every person will pay an ante ( Ante is a small forced bet. Everybody has to put an equal amount into the pot). After this, every player will receive three cards. Two cards are faced-down while the other one card is faced up.

The player with the lowest hand has to make a small bet. Betting will continue in a clockwise direction.

Then again, one faced up is distributed to the remaining player. Now, the player with the highest hand will make a bet.

The game continues till the seventh round. Seventh is the final round.

Each player will receive one face-up card.

The players will make the best five-hand from the available seven cards.

The person with the best hand will win.


2-7 Triple Draw

It is the exciting variant of poker in which every player gets five cards. There are no community cards involved in it. Every player has three attempts to draw and can make the best low hand.

It is not a popular game. However, it is easy to learn.


5-Card Draw

It is the simplest variant of poker.

The dealer distributes five cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed aside. Players will pick up the cards, and then betting will happen.

Draw phase begins if more than one person remains after one round.

Every player will tell how many cards he wants to replace or discard. Then again, the dealer distributes cards to players, and the game will continue.


5-Card Omaha

 In 5-card Omaha, each player will get five hole cards instead of four cards. Every player will try to make the best 5-hand by using two hole cards and three community cards.

Players will have the opportunity to make a strong hand because of one of more hole cards.



It is unique as compared to other poker variants. Badugi is similar to 2-7 Triple Draw (Lowball).

However, it was originated in 1980. But still, it is a newer poker variant.

It is dissimilar. Therefore, it takes time to adjust.



HORSE is an abbreviation of Holdem, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Stud (Stud Hi), and Eight-or-Better (Stud Hi/Lo).

It is played in high stake live games. It is tricky to learn as it is a combination of five poker variants.

A person who plays HORSE must know all the poker variants it has.



It is a poker variant where every player will try to make the lowest possible hand.

It is not very common yet, simple to master. It is similar to a 7-card stud where each player will pay an ante, and then, each player will receive three cards (1 face-up and the other two face-down). But as opposed to stud, the player with the highest rank card will bet first. The rest of the game is the same.


Chinese Poker

It is not a popular form of poker, but it is very beginner-friendly.

A player with a basic knowledge of poker can learn and play Chinese poker.

Four players play Chinese poker, but2-3 players can also play it.


Short Deck

It is a variant of Texas Holdem. Short Deck is a different game and is played with 36 cards only. 2’s through 5’s are removed from the set of cards.

It is a fun poker variant but, it is uncommon.

If you know how to play Holdem, you can quickly learn it.



Yeah! You have heard right. Pineapple is not just a fruit but also a poker variant.

If you are familiar with Texas Hold’em, you can play pineapple too. There is only one

dissimilarity. Instead of two-hole cards, every player gets three-hole cards. The rest of the game is the same.


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