Today, when someone asks if you play poker, they generally mean Texas Hold ‘Em – a game that’s become increasingly popular over the past decade thanks to the World Series of Poker and movies like “Rounders.” But there are many versions and variations of poker, the main types being stud, draw and community card games.
At “friendly” tables, the dealer often has the choice of deciding the type of game.
More structured tournaments usually specify the format from the get-go.
Below are a few of the most popular versions of poker that you may encounter at your weekly dealer’s-choice poker game.
If you don’t know these, you’ll be at a disadvantage when something wild (like Before we dive in to the specific games, there are a few terms every player (and prospective player) needs to know: Ante – the minimum amount you must gamble to get into the action of the game.
Blinds – money (generally in chip form) put on the table before the cards are dealt; there are typically two blinds (called the “small” and the “big”) and ensure money is being wagered with each hand; blinds rotate from player to player with each new deal.
Call – when a new wager has been placed, a “call” indicates that player’s willingness to match the raised amount.