Is there a more card game more popular than poker? We can think of a few who come close, but none of them can claim poker’s throne. The game is played between friends, in brick-and-mortar casinos; and yes, online! Some websites are focused on nothing but poker against other players!
Punters who enjoy poker have probably already found their poker provider. However, not everybody has settled on what poker they like best. With so many different variants and rulesets, it can be challenging to pick. We picked a few of the most popular online poker games that we think players from India will enjoy.
While not the first poker game to make it to market, it has become the most popular one. If you have only ever seen poker in movies or on TV, they probably played this variant. It follows standard poker rules as far as card values go. Where Texas Hold’em shines is with how its cards are dealt.
Depending on where you sit, you will be either the small blind or the big blind. The small blind is the person seated to the left of the dealer. The next player to the left of them is the big blind! Two cards are dealt to all punters, and the round starts with the player to the left of the big blind. They can choose to call, fold or raise against the first bet.
After the first round of betting ends, the dealer places three community cards on the table. This gives you a general idea of how your hand will perform in the following round. Two more rounds of betting go through; one before the fourth and one before the fifth cards are revealed. The strongest five-card hand takes all the bets from the table.
Because it is so popular, Texas Hold’em is available in demo mode at most casinos. These free versions usually do not allow you to play against other punters. However, they can help you master a few basic poker tips and tricks that will help you win.
Texas Hold’em is something most poker enthusiasts have tried at one point or another. If you are looking for something even more challenging, then Pot-Limit Omaha is for you! The rules it plays by are quite similar to Texas Hold’em, except when it comes to the hole cards you receive from the dealer.
Rather than the two you are used to, Pot-Limit Omaha gives you four cards. You can only use two of the cards along with three community cards to create your card combination. Why have four cards, then? Because it creates even more opportunities for bluffing! Not to mention it can create more winning combinations than the standard two-card setup.
Before Texas Hold’em stormed the casino world, there was Seven-Card Stud. It is not played that often any longer since each round takes longer. Almost every table of this poker variant is played with fixed betting limits.
The big difference is that there are no community cards in Seven-Card Stud. Instead, every player receives pays an ante and receives three cards. Two of the cards are facedown, and one is face-up. The player with the lowest face-up card then has to pay the bring-in fee.
Other players can then choose to fold, call or raise the bet. The betting moves clockwise starting from the lowest door card punter. After everyone has taken their turn, the fourth card is drawn face-up for all players. The punter with the highest face-up card value starts the betting, which moves clockwise around the table.
The same thing repeats for the fifth and sixth card. The seventh card is drawn facedown. Everyone still playing at this point has to show his or her cards, and form the best five-card poker hand. The strongest hand wins the round.
Any of these three poker games can be played for hours on end. They all follow the basic rules of the game while adding their own personal twist to the experience. We at Indian Casino Club usually default to Pot-Limit Omaha, since it gives us the greatest bluffing opportunities! That said, we advise trying each game on your own, and picking the one that suits you best.