Picking your Poker

Mar 17

When it comes to poker, there are a large number of different variants available. The choice of game will depend on the preferences of the player as each game caters to a different skill. Outlined below are some different variants that can be played.

Texas Hold’em

This is the most popular form and the variant most people associate with the game of poker. It offers relatively simple gameplay that involves each player receiving two cards only they can see, called hole cards. Decisions such as bets or folding are made, and then three community cards are dealt on the table face up.

Over the course of the rest of the game, two more community cards are placed on the table after a round of betting. Players must create a five-card hand using the community cards and the hole cards.


This variant is very similar to Texas Hold’em, but players are dealt four cards instead. Five community cards are also dealt, and players use a combination of the community cards and their own cards to create the best hand. However, they must use two of the cards in their hand. Betting is the same as Texas Hold’em though the best hands do vary between the two games.

Pineapple Poker

A lesser-known variant, Pineapple Poker blends both Omaha and Texas Hold’em into one superb game. Each player is dealt three cards, one of which the player must then choose to discard.

The game is then played in a similar fashion to Texas Hold’em with players aiming to make the best five-card hand out of the cards available to them. However, there are different Pineapple variants, with different requirements on how many hole cards must be used to create the final hand.

There are multiple other variants of poker available such as Razz, Caribbean Stud and HORSE, all of which come with a range of skills and options.