Today, there are dozens of different poker variants to chose among and how to play poker will largely be determined by the poker variant you pick. Most poker variants fall into one or more of four main categories: straight poker, stud poker, draw poker and community card poker. How to play poker will also to a large extent depend on which betting type that is used at your poker table – no limit betting, fixed limit betting or pot limit betting. Last but not least, playing tournament poker is quite different from playing cash game (ring game) poker, especially when it comes to strategy.

How to play play straight poker

Straight poker is the oldest type of poker and it is not very common today. In straight poker, each player is dealt a complete five card poker hand from the start and has no opportunity to improve this hand. Once you have seen your hand, a round of betting will commence with opportunities for raising and re-raising.

How to play draw poker

Draw poker involves more strategic decisions than straight poker, because you are allowed to replace cards from your initial five card hand. You discard the unwanted cards and receive new cards from the deck in hope of obtaining a better poker hand. Normally, the first round of betting takes place as soon as each player has received his or her five card starting hand. Once the betting is over you are allowed to discard and replace cards, before a second round of betting starts. If you want to learn how to play poker variants belonging to this category you may have to seek out a home game because draw poker is quite unusual in casinos. The most famous example of a poker variant belonging to the draw poker family is arguably Five Card Draw.

How to play stud poker

In stud poker, a combination of face-up and face-down cards are used. One of the most famous examples of stud poker is Seven Card Stud, a poker variant that is played world wide. You can even compete in Seven Card Stud at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. In Seven Card Stud, each player gets five face-up cards and two face-down cards. You can therefore see five of the cards held by your opponent.

Community card poker

Community card poker variants place one or several cards on the table that all players are allowed to use when forming their hands. Two of the most popular poker variants of today, Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hold’em, both belong to the community card poker family. In Texas Hold’em, each player gets two face down cards before five community cards are placed on the table. In Omaha Hold’em, each player gets four face down cards instead of two but the number of community cards remains the same. If you want to learn how to play poker, it is very easy to find poker rooms online that offers community card poker. There are also plenty of sites devoted entirely to teaching beginners how to play poker variants belonging to this category.