Poker Variants

Poker Variants

Poker Variants

Poker Variants

Love The Game!

We do. We love poker in all shapes and varieties, but to start off we’re just going to be offering the 2 most popular variations: Texas Hold’em and Omaha (4 and 5 Card). These are the most played, and most loved games of poker around. They are both great for ring games, sit-and-gos and large field tournaments. 

It’s where we’re starting but we’ll be looking to spread more games as we go. We’ll be listening to you at the 4Forum to hear what you – the players – want, and we’ll work on delivering that. But for now…

Texas Hold'em Poker

It’s one of the most popular variants for good reason. Whether you’re new to poker or a seasoned veteran, Hold’em provides the perfect mix of excitement, strategy and unpredictability that will make you fall in love with the game. Like many of the good things in life, it’s easy to learn but difficult to master with different ways to make it your own.

Hold'em Rules:

Texas Hold’em is the most popular type of online poker in the world. The key points of the action are:

  • Every player is dealt two-hole cards. Only you get to see your two-hole cards.
  • As well as your two-hole cards, there are up to five community cards that will be dealt. After the pre-flop betting, the dealer spreads the first three community (shared) cards on the Flop, then another on the Turn, and a final one on the River.
  • On each 'street' - pre-flop, flop, turn, river - players take turns to check, bet, call or raise. Once everyone has put in the same amount of chips (or the action has checked round) the next card is revealed. If there are any players left in after betting on the river then the best poker hand wins the pot which is the best possible five-card hand made from your two hole-cards and the five community cards. 

Omaha Poker (4 & 5 Card)

If you like Texas Hold’em, you’ll probably love this exciting action-packed variation. Omaha will test your skills in a whole new way and provide endless entertainment. Get ready to embrace new strategic challenges! 

Types of Omaha Poker Games:

  • Pot Limit Omaha Poker - A player can bet what is in the pot (i.e. $10 into a $10 pot). This is the most popular form of Omaha Poker and the one we will offer for starters. 
  • No Limit Omaha Poker - A player can bet any amount, up to all their chips, at any point.

The main difference between Omaha and Texas Hold’em is that in Omaha, each player starts with four- or five-hole cards rather than two. 

PL Omaha Rules:

4 & 5 Card Pot Limit Omaha is played with 52 cards at a table of 2-9 users. The game begins with the dealer giving each player 4- or 5-hole cards, followed by four rounds of betting: pre-flop, flop, turn and river, with 5 community cards being dealt face up. 

Pot Limit - A player can bet or raise up to what is in the pot. Also, there are no restrictions on the number of permissible raises.

General rules:

  • Every player is dealt four- or five-hole cards. Only you get to see your hole cards. Betting action proceeds clockwise around the table.
  • Every player needs to use two-hole cards and three community cards to make their best hand.
  • In Pot Limit, the games are referred to by the size of their blinds (for example, a $2/$4 Omaha game has a small blind of $2 and a big blind of $4).
  • The minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot.

Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets $5 then the second player must raise a minimum of $5 (total bet of $10).

Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.

Example: If the size of the pot is $10, and there is no previous action on a particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of $10. After that bet, the action moves to the next player clockwise. That player can either fold, call $10, or raise any amount between the minimum ($10 more) and the maximum. The maximum bet in this case is $40 - the raiser would first call $10, bringing the pot size to $30, and then raise $30 more, making a total bet of $40.

In Pot Limit Omaha, there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.

Poker hand rankings work the same as Texas Hold’em and can be found here.


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