Seven-Card Stud is a very popular game, as it captures the essence of poker very well. In America almost everyone is familiar with the game and it is appreciated in Europe and the rest of the world as well. Comparing it with todays most popular game, Texas Hold’em, both gives you seven cards but three distinctions can be made. Seven-Card Stud does not use community cards, there are five betting rounds, and antes are used (the dealer does not have an advantage).
Royal Holdem is an unusual short deck variant of Texas Holdem. Its greatest appeal is the lack of seven-deuce offsuit starting hands. Royal Hold’em is played exactly like regular Texas Hold’em except it is played with a stripped deck. All Twos up to Nines have been removed. Left is a twenty card deck containg only the Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks and Tens. The hand ranking is not changed. As in regular poker a full house beats a flush and so on.
Five-Card Stud is a classic poker game, and it continues to be one of the favorites in home games around the world. Today much of the play has moved to Seven-Card Stud, but Five-Card Stud remains true to form. As in any stud game, there are no community cards but each players cards are a mixture of exposed and unexposed ones.
Five-Card Draw is the most famous poker game. It is often the first poker variant learned by most players, especially so in many European countries. Although it is very common in home games through out the world, it is now rare in poker rooms and online dittos (although they are picking up speed at the present). The lowball variations are interesting and are more commonly played in casinos, but the straightforward high game is still available in the new gaming world online. Two to eight players can play.
There are a lot of cards in Double Flop Texas Hold’em. It is played in similar fashion to regular Texas hold’em, but there is a twist. There are two boards. There is a flop, a turn, and a river for each board, and they are dealt on two rows at the same time.