It is time to differentiate Texas Holdem poker from other types of poker. Although it is the predominant poker modality, and the one that interests us most, we must not forget that there are many other types of poker. Here we will simply present a few, the most important, but there are many others, and each of them will present different variants depending on where it is practiced.
It should be noted that each type of poker game can have several different modalities, and in any case it can have different rules added depending on where you play it.
POKER WITH COMMON LETTERS
These two types of poker are the best known, and the most practiced. They are also the only ones in which players “share cards”, or what is the same, they will use the five common cards that open on the table to complete their hand.
This type of game is a variation of the Holdem. It is very similar to Texas Holdem with the only difference that 4 covered cards are dealt instead of 2, and with the obligation to use two of your covered cards and three of the five common ones until making a 5-card play. The Pot-limit Omaha or “PLO” is very common.
You will have to choose 2 + 3 cards out of a total of 9 cards (4 + 5). So there will be many more winning combinations. It is said to be a “the nuts” game that means having the best possible play. This fact of being forced to use 2 and only 2 of your hand cards and 3 and only 3 of the common table cards implies several peculiarities since although there is a poker or a color on the table it will be unreal since they have to use only 3.
The dynamics of bets and the possibilities of action will be the same as in Texas Holdem.
This type of poker is much less common, especially for amateur players. There will be no community letters, each one will have before him a series of letters, some covered and others discovered. It is also characterized by the fact that the position factor will not influence here since the one with the best hand in his uncovered cards will start talking.
Until Texas Holdem arrived, this modality was the predominant one in many casinos in the United States. It is usually played between 2 and 8 players due to the greater number of cards dealt. In the “mixed games” “H.O.R.S.E.”, this mode is the “S”. It is usually played in limit.
3 initial cards, two uncovered cards and one cover will be dealt to each player. He will start betting the player with the best play shown on the table for his two uncovered cards. And if there are two better equal combinations, the one closest to the dealer will start clockwise. You can also play with the “bring-in” mode, which means that the player with the lowest card of his two uncovered starts to bet a minimum (in the case of the same card range there is a color ranking that is usually in this order: clovers the lowest, rhombuses, hearts and spades the highest). You usually put an “ante” in Stud Poker, which consists of a kind of mandatory blinds much smaller than the blinds, but that all players will put in each hand just to see the first 3 cards.
There will be 5 betting rounds (one more than in Five-card stud or the other types of community poker). Thus, after the first betting round after the first 3 cards, a fourth card will be opened for each player that continues in the game (they are not community cards), bets, fifth card discovered for each player present, bets, sixth card discovered , bets, and seventh card this time covered, which will give rise to the fifth and final round of bets before the hypothetical “showdown” if a final bet can be matched.
In total at the end of the game each player who has reached the last round will have a total of 7 cards: 2 covered; 4 discovered; 1 capped.
This modality of Stud is more extinct than the previous one although it was created previously during the American Civil War. Among other things it is much less important because it is not present in the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
It differs from the previous one in which two initial cards will be dealt, the first one covered and the second one discovered. And in that there will be only 4 betting rounds, since these two initial cards will be followed by 3 uncovered cards to each player, with a betting round between each card (the last covered card of the Seven-card stud is deleted). Each betting round will start with the best combination in front of itself