No limit Texas Hold’em may be the most popular version of poker played today, but it’s not the only poker game available at EuroPoker. Let’s take a quick stroll through all of the online poker games offered, along with some facts and quick tips for each poker variant.
Texas Hold’em took the poker world by storm in the 1990s and there’s been no going back, with Texas Hold’em games dominating the action at online poker rooms as well as at many brick and mortar casinos.
Texas Hold’em comes in two forms: limit and no limit. No limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE for short) is far more popular than limit Texas Hold’em (LHE), and for good reason: the sky is the limit as far as betting in NLHE, so pots can grow very quickly.
If you play NLHE, you might be forced to call for all of your money at the table in order to continue with the hand, so it’s not for the faint of heart. With great risk comes great rewards, as you can easily double or triple your buy-in at the online poker tables in just a few minutes when playing NLHE.
Limit Hold’em is slower paced, as the maximum amount you can bet each street is limited (thus the name). Pots may not be as big as in NLHE but you have more control over how much money you risk at any given time, with the ability to more selectively choose your spots to get your money in the middle.
Omaha is the next most popular poker variant behind Texas Hold’em, and is the game of choice in parts of Europe and other regions of the world. While the rules are essentially the same as in Hold’em, players in Omaha are dealt four cards face down instead of two to start play, and they’re required to use two of their starting cards to form the best five card poker hand possible after all betting is done.
The primary allure of Omaha is action, as starting hands tend to be more equal in value than in Hold’em or other variants. While Ac Ad Qc Qd is a strong starting hand in Omaha, it’s not that far ahead of a hand like 7h 8h 9s 10s, especially if other players are also involved in the action. This means that you’ll be dealt more playable starting hands in Omaha, which means you’ll tangle much more often in opponents with a shot at a big pot.
Omaha is also played in two main variations: pot limit Omaha (PLO) and Omaha 8 or better (O8). In PLO players may bet or raise up to what’s in the pot each time the action is on them, and the final pot goes to the player with the best hand.
O8 is slightly different as it’s a split pot game, with half the pot going to player with the best hand and the other half going to the player with the low hand. To qualify for the low hand, all five cards must not be paired and they all must be lower than 8; if there’s no low hand then the entire pot goes to the player with the best high hand.
7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud used to be the most popular version of poker played, back before the Internet and online poker came along. When you mentioned going to Vegas and playing “poker” to friends, it was just a given that you were talking about 7 Card Stud, as Texas Hold’em was played but was nowhere near as popular as 7 Card Stud.
The downfall of 7 Card Stud is also the source of its popularity with some players. Of all the poker variants available at most online poker rooms, 7 Card Stud is the most strategic and the most difficult to master. Winning players not only have to read their opponents well and pick the right times to bet, raise, and fold, but they have to pay close attention to every single card that’s been dealt, even for players that have already folded.
Unlike Hold’em and Omaha, remembering that the player two seats to your right was dealt the Qh face-up before he folded and his cards were mucked can have a huge impact on your play on later streets in 7 Card Stud in certain situations. Playing well at 7 Card Stud takes a player’s full attention and skill, which isn’t every online poker players preferred cup of tea.
5 Card Draw
It’s one of the simpler poker variants, as each player is dealt five cards and, after a round of betting, given the option to trade in some of their cards for new ones. There’s another round of betting, with players then showing their hands and the pot going to the player with the best five card poker hand.
Unlike Hold’em and Omaha, there are no shared community cards in the middle, just the five cards dealt face-down the player holds in their hand.Play now