List of poker variants

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The card game of poker has many variations, most of which were created in the United States in the mid-1900s. The standard order of play applies to most of these games, but to fully specify a poker game requires details about which hand values are used, the number of betting rounds, and exactly what cards are dealt and what other actions are taken between rounds.


Popular poker variants

The three most popular poker variants are spread in casinos and poker rooms worldwide and can be divided into the following groups:

Here are more common rule variations:

Mixed poker games

Poker can be played in a mixed game format, for example one half hour of Texas hold 'em followed by one half hour of Seven-card stud. There are many types of mixed poker games. The most notable mixed poker variation is H.O.R.S.E poker. H.O.R.S.E is a mix of Texas hold 'em, Omaha high-low, Razz, Seven-card stud and Seven Card Stud Eight-or-better. Each game will usually be played for a fixed number of hands or time and then the players will move on to the next game.

Other mixed games include:

  • H.O.S.E - same as H.O.R.S.E, except without Razz.
  • H.O.E - same as H.O.R.S.E, except no Razz or Seven-card stud.
  • H.O - Texas hold 'em and Omaha high-low
  • O.E - Omaha high-low and Seven-card Stud Eight or better.
  • H.A - Pot limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha.
  • Omaha High-low Mixed - Fixed limit Omaha and pot limit Omaha high-low
  • Holdem Mixed - Fixed limit and no limit Texas hold 'em.
  • Eight Game Mix - Fixed limit 2-7 Triple Draw, fixed limit Texas hold 'em, fixed limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, fixed limit Seven-card stud, fixed limit Seven-card stud Eight or better, no limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha.

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