Poker games come in many variations and types. In fact, many newbie poker players are really surprised when they realize just how complex the game can be. It's not really that it's a hard game to learn or play – there's just a lot of choice out there!
This is probably why poker is probably the most popular card game choice for players both for fun and for real. You can start off simple, stick to one kind of game, learn new games or learn them all. You can play one-on-one or around a table. One thing's for sure - you can never get tired of poker. And, there's always the chance you'll learn something new!
So, let's take a look at how many poker games there are to choose from. In real basic terms there are about five types of poker to start with. In no particular order these are:
Now each of these five poker types has different variations inside them as well. So you can play 5 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud and Mexican Stud, for example. Each of these variations will have different rules and strategies, although there'll always be a core common structure running through them that leads back to the main game.
But there's more to poker than this. The way you bet and the way you run your game can be changed as well. So you can, for example, set your poker game rules to a certain betting principle or limit. Here you can choose from Limit, No Limit, Pot Limit and Spread Limit poker games. So, you can be running a No Limit Hold'em game, for example.
And, to make your poker game even more interesting (if that's even possible!) you can mix them up if you like. You can often find mixed games running in casinos that let you play with a horse (Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Stud and Eight-or-Better Stud). These poker games are for the more experienced players though as you can imagine.
The fact is that there's a poker game out there for anyone and everyone. You can meet up with your buddies once a week for a simple game of draw poker for dimes or you can take to the tables and vow the world (and hopefully win big dollars!) with your skills in Pineapple Hold'em. The major rule of poker in general is that you enjoy what you're doing - that way the odds of winning go up. Good luck in your poker games!