Poker Game and Its Variants

Poker has been known to exist since 1829. This card game was first recorded to be played in New Orleans with a deck consisting of 20 cards. Four bettors were involved in the game at the time. The game began to use a deck of 52 cards since 1850. Since the introduction of the game, poker has developed rapidly and becoming one of the most popular gambling games. Along with the development of casinos and other gambling houses, this game received many variants mostly created in mid 1900s in the United States. Some of the most popular variants of poker include:

1. Straight

Straight is the oldest variant of poker games. This variant allows a complete hand dealt to each of the players. During one round, the gamblers are permitted to change their bets (either raising or re-raising). This variant was later developed into more complex forms of card game such as Primero and three-card brag.

2. Draw Poker

While straight is a three-card hands game, draw poker uses five-card hands. In this type, after a complete hand is dealt and the players put their wagers, these players can change their hands by discarding unwanted card in hand and dealing with new hands. Developments in this variant create more kinds of draw games such as California lowball, Gardena jackpots, Kansas City lowball, Badugi, Baduci, California high/low split, Q-ball, and some more.

3. Stud Poker

Next to the straight variant, stud poker is the second oldest kind of poker game. The rule of this game is that a hand is dealt in a combination prearranged. The combination may be in the form of face-down and face-up, or streets round. The most common variant of this game is the seven-card stud, followed by the five-card stud. Other forms of this variant also include six-card stud, Mexican stud, Caribbean stud, Mississippi stud, Kentrel, Razz, etc.

4. Community Card Poker

Referred from its name, this game uses face up community cards which are shareable for players and dealt at the center of the gambling table. This game is basically the variation of stud poker. Different from the stud poker, players in community card poker are dealt with incomplete hands combined with community cards to create a complete hand. Currently, one of the most popular community card pokers is Texas hold ’em which was created around 1920s. Other examples of this variant include Omaha hold ’em, Manila, Pinatubo, and Pineapple hold ’em.

5. Other Variants

Apart from variants mentioned above, there are other kinds of card games using poker rules such as:

– Strip Poker

This variation uses the usual rules, except that the players must remove their clothing if they lose bets. Commonly this type uses simple card game variant such as the five-card draw.

– Five-O Poker

This game is played by two players who must play five hands of five cards continuously. When these five hands are down, a one-round betting is begun.

– Video Poker

Commonly available at casinos, video poker machines allow single player to bet, deal, and discard or replace cards. The outcome determines how much money the player will receive.

Playing Video Poker Games Online

Video poker games came to the market over 30 years ago, and became a gaming industry hit in the 1980-s. Traditional table card games like Baccarat or Blackjack, Craps or various types of Poker played live at land based casinos can be a stressful and nervous experience for some people due to the fact that you play a live game against other people sitting right across you, and looking straight in your eyes. Quite a few people would consider this ordeal intimidating and uncomfortable, while playing the same poker game against a machine would put away these negative moments. Video poker games allow players to use their strategic skills so necessary for laying table games and enjoy a quiet, undisturbed time spent alone in front of the game screen.

Video poker is a machine based on rules of five-card poker. While no game strategy will help you win when playing against a slot machine, and the outcome of the game is completely unpredictable and random, the result of a video poker game can be somewhat affected by a well-thought and well-played strategy.

To play a video poker game you bet a certain number of coins to deal five cards on the game screen. If you activate the maximum bet, it triggers larger payouts on the higher ranked hands. You choose cards to hold, and draw poker cards to replace other cards which have been done with. At the end of the video poker game you get paid according to the payout table for the game.

Payouts percentages vary for different poker games. Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better poker machines are well-known for its relatively high payout percentages, which sometimes reach 100%! When you are skillful enough, you have a good edge against the house. Some online casinos offer very large jackpots.

It is recommended to read game strategies and tips before you start playing a video poker game. With thousands of online casinos on the Internet, it has become much easier for video poker players to find a place to practice their skills. You can do it for free and without the need to download any software into your computer at many online gaming parlors. Some casinos even offer you free bonuses, no deposit required, so you can play video poker games and win real money without risking your own. Online casinos offer exactly the same video poker games as land based casinos.

There are many variations of video poker games. Aces & Faces Video Poker, All American, Deuces & Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Joker, Five Hands and many other kinds of Video poker available online. Some of them offer wild cards, other offer Joker wild cards, some have both kinds.

The software delivers smooth, fast and uninterrupted play, the quality of game graphics is unbelievably high, as well as the sound quality which altogether provide exciting gaming experience for a player.

Master your video poker strategy for free at online casinos. The right strategy, long enough experience and proper skills will help you to increase your winning odds and earnings in a video poker game.