Below we've outlined details about some of the more popular types
of poker games. Remember, you can play free video poker or real
multiplayer poker games by selecting and clicking any of the two
image options located immediately to the right of this text.
7-card Stud Poker
3 to 5 players can play this game. The initial deal is two cards
down and one card up to each player. The first betting round starts
with the highest hand showing or for the first round the high card.
Then another card is dealt up and another betting round this is
repeated until there are four cards face up. Then a final card is
dealt down and a final betting round held.
The ranking of the hands are the same as regular poker except to
take the five best cards out of the ones you are dealt. Variations
on the game is to allow wild cards and a five of a kind. This is
personally my favorite kind of poker.
5-card Stud Poker
This is played much like 7-card stud only with 5-cards. The intial
deal can vary in this game and depends on how your group wants to
play. 5 card stud is usually dealt either 2 down, 3 up, or 1 down,
4 up, or 1 down, 3 up, 1 down. Once again it is played exactly like
7-card stud with betting rounds held when each new card is put down.
Variations can be the use of wild cards and the rank of hands are
the standard one in poker.
Chinese Poker (also referred to as Russian Poker)
A 52-card deck is used and 13 cards are dealt to 4 players each.
Each player arranges the 13 cards into their 3 best poker hands
known as the "Front", "Middle", and "Back".
The "Front" is a 3-card hand. Both "Middle"
and "Back" are 5-card hands and must outrank the "Front"
(3-card hand). If you're playing with a surrender option, after
the cards have been dealt (and the players have arranged their cards
into these 3 hands), then each player elects to either play or surrender.
If they surrender, they forfeit 2 chips (or points) to each of the
other players. If they play, each player's 3 hands are compared
to the other players' hands. Each hand you win picks up 1 chip and
the overall winner picks up an extra chip. You can rotate the order
of accepting surrenders for each game. Visit WinningPoker.net for more
One card is dealt to each player face down. Each player then holds
the card face up on their forehead (without looking at their own
card) and bets on their card according to what they see of the other
players' cards. Betting goes on for as long as desired with the
highest card winning. While this is played for laughs, others find
value in reading a player's ability to bluff and what their betting
reveals of their style.
3-7 players. Intial deal is five cards to each player. The game
is exactly like five card draw except you are trying to get the
worst hand. The rank of the hands are the same as standard version
of poker except that the lowest hand wins. This is a good game to
break up the monotony of regular poker.
More types of poker games and details will be added to this list
soon. Obviously it's not comprehensive and complete but we are working
to provide more details soon.