Before you start playing online poker, you need to know the rules of the game.
Master the Rules of Poker
The following pages provide you with complete rules for the most popular poker variations today: Texas Holdem, Omaha, 7-Card-Stud, Razz and 5-Card Draw, plus how betting works, poker hand rankings and more.
Stud 8 or Better is a popular split-pot variant of Seven Card Stud because it induces more action.
A popular lowball variant of poker you'll find in some casinos and online is Badugi.
Once played primarily in high-stakes games, online poker sites began offering it a few years ago and now it has a huge following across the globe. The game is even part of the Dealer's Choice Event at the World Series of Poker.
If you want to be a well-rounded mixed-games player, learning Badugi is necessary. It's also a lot of fun.
Five Card Draw Poker Rules | Official Rules of 5 Card DrawFive-Card Draw is the classic poker variation where all players receive five face-down hole cards. It's very easy to learn and play, but involves quite a bit of luck and slightly less skill than most poker variants.
Texas Holdem Rules | Offical Rules of Texas Hold'em PokerTexas Holdem is by far the most popular poker variation played online. It's usually played by up to 10 players who each receive two face-down hole cards. These two cards have to be combined with community cards, shared by all players, to form a five-card poker hand.
7-Card Stud Rules | How to Play Seven Card StudNo community cards are used in Seven-Card Stud, and there are five betting rounds as opposed to the four in Texas Holdem and Omaha. The game does not have fixed positions; instead, the order of betting is determined by the cards showing.
Omaha Poker Rules | Learn the Official Rules of Omaha PokerThe betting rounds in Omaha work the same way as they do in Texas Holdem, with a total of five community cards dealt as "The Flop" (three cards), followed by "The Turn" (one card) and "The River" (one card).