There's more to poker than Texas Holdem!

Written by Ian McIntosh

Texas holdem is taking overrepparttar world, but believe it or not there are many other poker games you can play. Most of them fall into one of three categories:

- Stud Games (for example 7 card stud) - Draw Games (for example 5 card draw) - Shared Hand Games (for example Texas Holdem)

There are also some other obscure games that don't fit into these categories, some ofrepparttar 140226 more popular of which are high/low pig, bid poker and guts. In almost all types of poker gamerepparttar 140227 hand rankings arerepparttar 140228 same, with a very few minor exceptions which have become more or less “home-made” rules.

Here are brief descriptions of some different poker games:

5 Card Draw Poker Played by 3 - 7 players. Each is dealt five cards and there is a round of betting based onrepparttar 140229 hands. Afterrepparttar 140230 betting players can now put up to three cards back in exchange for new ones. (There's one exception where a player can exchange four cards if he showsrepparttar 140231 fifth to be an ace). There's a further round of betting andrepparttar 140232 best hand wins. Draw poker was oncerepparttar 140233 standard way to play but it has of course been overtaken by Texas Holdem.

7 Card Stud Poker Played by 3 - 10 players. Players are dealt two cards face down and one face up and there is a round of betting. Cards 4, 5 and six are then dealt face up with betting on each round. The final card is dealt face down and there is another round of betting beforerepparttar 140234 showdown. 7 Card Stud Poker is still a popular game and is probably second atrepparttar 140235 moment to Texas Holdem.

Caribbean Poker This is a poker game played in a casino betweenrepparttar 140236 player andrepparttar 140237 dealer. Each gets five cards andrepparttar 140238 player has to decide whether his card is worth betting on after seeingrepparttar 140239 dealer's first card. Ifrepparttar 140240 player has a better hand thanrepparttar 140241 dealer he is paid out in a fixed odds system depending onrepparttar 140242 strength of his hand. The fixed odds range from evens for a pair or high card to 100-1 for a royal flush.

Three ways to play free online poker

Written by Ian McIntosh

Getting to play poker online for free isrepparttar holy grail for a lot of poker players. You get to play your favourite poker games and it doesn’t cost you anything. What could be better!

There are three distinct ways that you can play poker free online; play money poker, poker freerolls and bonuses. Here are a few pointers on each ofrepparttar 140214 ways to play free.

Play Money Poker Playing poker for play money is a great way to learnrepparttar 140215 game and get yourself familiarized withrepparttar 140216 poker table. Every online poker site has a section where you can play for play money before you risk any of your real cash. If you are a beginner this is a fantastic way to cut your teeth and find outrepparttar 140217 ins and outs of actual table play. You might have seen it onrepparttar 140218 TV before, but this is a giant step, playing your own hands, making your own decisions and all against other real players. One word of caution aboutrepparttar 140219 play money tables however,repparttar 140220 standard of play there is very poor. You might even win on your first attempt so don’t get carried away and think you can transfer this success torepparttar 140221 real money tables immediately, you have another steep learning curve to overcome there too!

Freerolls These are tournaments whererepparttar 140222 hosting site puts up a prize fund and lets any signed up members enter for free. That means you can play free online poker and have a chance of picking up a cash prize. Most ofrepparttar 140223 big sites do some sort of freeroll or another, but there is an inherent danger with them,repparttar 140224 time vortex.

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