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Poker is played by thousands of people across the globe. In recent years Poker’s popularity has reached record highs mainly because of its availability online. Now Poker players can challenge each other and compete around the world without having to leave their homes.

There are games available 24 hours a day with thousands happy to take part as a result the number of Poker rooms to choose from can be somewhat overwhelming. To help you GP Poker has compiled a list of the best Online Poker games available with an explanation of the different types of Poker and advice on which room is right for you.

Top Poker Rooms for Games:

Poker Room Max Bouns  Match Bouns  Ranking  Download
  William Hill Poker  $600  100%  
  Winner Poker  $500  100%  
  Mansion Poker  $500  100%  
  Titan Poker  $200  50%  
  888 Poker  $400  100%  
  Cool Hand Poker  $350  100%  
  Noble Poker  $500  100%  
  Lucky Ace Poker  $400  100%  
  BetWay Poker  $400  100%  
  BetFair Poker  $400  100%  

Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is by far the most popular version of poker played both online and at land based tournaments and is the Poker variation featured on most poker television programmes. In Hold’em players receive two hidden hole cards and five community cards. The game is full of action and the top players are strategy experts. You’ll always find a game online no matter your skill level or bankroll.

There are three main Texas Hold’em variations, Limit, Pot limit and No Limit.

This version has a pre-determined betting limit on each round of betting and the betting is structured. This means that pre-flop and on the flop all bets and raises are the same size as the big blind.

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In Pot Limit Hold’em the minimum bet is the same size as the big blind and players have the option to bet up to the size of the pot. When raising the amount has to be as large as the previous bet or raise.

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In No Limit Hold’em the minimum bet is the same size as the big blind and players can bet as much as they wish up to all their chips. A raise must be at least the same amount as the previous bet or raise.

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Omaha Poker

Omaha poker derives from Texas Hold’em and is similarly packed full of action. Players receive four hole (private) cards each and there are five community cards dealt face-up onto the table. Players must use two of their hole cards and three of the community cards to make up the best five card poker hand that they can. The amount of hole and community cards used cannot be changed; it is one of the principles from which Omaha poker is built.

In Limit Omaha the betting takes place in pre-determined amounts. This means that pre-flop and on the flop all bets and raises will be the same size as the big blind. The size of bets is doubled on the turn and the river. Just as in Texas Hold’em each hand starts with two blinds.

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In Pot Limit Omaha the minimum bet is the same amount as the big blind and players can bet amounts up to the size of the pot. Bets and raises must be at least the same size as the previous bet or raise in the round.

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Omaha High/Lo has the same rules as Omaha, however, there is another way to win part of the pot. There are two winners – the Hi and Lo. The Hi winner will have the best poker hand and the Lo winner will have a hand of five cards below 9. The High and Low winner can be the same person.

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Stud Poker

There are a large number of variants of Stud poker and in all variants players will receive a mix of face down and face up cards which are dealt across multiple betting rounds. Typically Stud games are non-positional, this means that the player who bets first in each round changes from round to round. Normally the player whose face-up cards make up the best hand begins the betting. Cards which are dealt face down are known as hole cards; interestingly the expression ‘ace in the whole’ is derived from this as it suggests that a person has something valuable which others are not aware of.

Casinos and online poker rooms are adding more and more variations of Stud poker to their software giving players greater options.

The original Stud poker game is Five-card stud and from it dozens of variations were born. It shares much with 7 Card Stud and is played according to the same rules (with up to ten players). The difference is that only one card is dealt face down to each player, the game features 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets and the River.

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This is one of the classic poker games which players can spend their entire lives mastering. In 7 Card Stud, as the name suggests each player is dealt seven cards in the course of a hand and then makes use of the best five card combination to build their strongest hand.

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In Razz poker the best Ace to Five low poker hand will claim the pot in the showdown. Much like 7 Card Stud, Razz players receive seven cards in a round and then use five of these cards to build their low hand.

Poker Games Types

Texas Hold’em

The most popular poker variation across the globe is Texas Hold’em. It is played by everyone from professionals down to people enjoying a game in their homes. The pot is won by the player with the best ranking poker hand; a hand is built by combining 2 pocket cards with three of the community cards. Be sure not to miss out on the action of this world famous card classic!

Omaha

Omaha is very similar to the popular Texas Hold’em variation; however instead of having 2 pocket cards, each player receives four. Two pocket cards in conjunction with three of the community cards are used to build a hand; this requires an entirely different strategy to Hold’em!

Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha Hi/Low offers two players the chance to win the pot! One player can win the high end of the pot by having the highest ranking poker hand while another player can win the Low end of the pot by way of having a low ranking poker hand. A low ranking hand cannot contain a card higher than 8 and if there is no low hand then the high hand takes it all. It is also possible to have both the high and low hand simultaneously – meaning one player can claim both!

5 Card Stud

5 Card Stud shares much with 7 Card Stud. The difference, not surprisingly, lies in the fact that players build their hands from 5 cards instead of 7. Players only receive one pocket card and there is also one less round of betting than in 7 Card Stud. This results in a very different game structure and you’ll need a special 5 Card Stud strategy in order to win games.

7 Card Stud

Winning a 7 Card Poker hand must be done in a number of stages. First players are dealt 2 face-down pocket cards and 1 face-up “door” card. Betting is started by the player with the lowest door card. During the second stage players will be dealt another face-up card and this time betting will begin with the player who was dealt the highest card. After this, a further two cards are dealt and then a 7th face-down card followed by the final betting round. The pot is won by the highest ranking poker hand.