Poker Games

Read about the rules for the most popular poker games and some basic strategy for Texas Holdem, Omaha, Omaha H/L, Razz and 7-Card Stud.

Texas Holdem Poker

Each player starts with 2 hole cards. There are a total of 5 community cards and 2 hole cards.  The two cards dealt to each player are the hole cards. The community cards are dealt face up, any player may use any of the community cards.
Texas Holdem rules
No-limit Holdem Strategy
Limit Holdem Strategy

Omaha Poker

A variation of Holdem played with 4 hole cards instead of 2.  At showdown, the best 5-card hand using 2 of your hole cards and 3 cards from the board wins.  Players are dealt 4 cards at the beginning.  Like Texas Holdem, there is a small blind and a big blind.
Omaha rules
Omaha Poker Strategy

Omaha Hi/Low Poker

Omaha Hi/Lo is a mixture of Omaha and 7-Card Stud H/L.  The betting and blinds are same as Omaha.  At the showdown, the pot is split between the holder of the highest hand, and the holder of the lowest hand, if there is a low hand.
Omaha Hi/Low rules
Omaha Hi/Low Strategy

Razz Poker

The goal in Razz Poker is to make the best 5-card low hand from 7 cards.  Each player starts with 2 hole cards and 1 up-card; there are then 3 more rounds of up-cards, with betting after each card, and a final down card.  Each player ends up with 7 cards.
Razz Poker rules
Razz Poker Strategy

7-Card Stud Poker

Each player gets dealt 2 hole cards and 1 up-card.  Then there is 3 more up- cards and a final down card, for a total of 7 cards.  The player holding the best hand 5-card hand wins.  Aces can be played both as a high and a low hands.
Seven Card Stud Poker rules
7-Card Stud Strategy
7-Card Stud H/L Strategy

5-Card Draw Poker

There is up to 2 betting rounds in a 5 Card Draw hand.  Bet and raises are set at the lower limit during the first round.  After the first betting round you may discard and draw from 0 to 5 cards....... Read more on Five Card Draw rules.