The Four Most Popular Non-Conventional Poker Games Explored

Friday, December 06 2013

By Margarette R. Cramer

We start with the assumption that we are all already conversant with the conventional types of poker games. These include the likes of Texas Hold'Em poker which virtually every poker player knows. But as it turns out, there are a number of other non-conventional poker games that are, arguably, more exciting than those commonly played conventional ones. The non conventional poker games are born out of innovativeness: where by adjusting or bending one of the traditional poker rules, a new game is born.

The most popular of these non-conventional poker games is arguably that which is known as stud poker, especially the variety of it that is know as seven-stud poker. Stud poker is characterized by a number of things. The first of those basic characteristics of stud poker is card pre-arrangement, where the cards used in the game are pre-arranged in what are known as 'streets' - made of face-up and face-down combinations. Beyond that the game progresses in the usual way: with betting being the next step in the playing process. Since it is five card hands that are used for playing here, winning involves taking the best possible five card hand.

The second example of these non conventional poker games is that which is known as straight poker, or simply 'straight.' It is like conventional poker in many ways, except that when it comes to the advanced stages of the game, raising and that which is referred to as re-raising are allowed. In this game, players have the opportunity to choose the number of cards that make a hand in their game, though a vast majority seem to prefer the traditional five card hands. What exactly happens here is that when it comes to the dealing stage, each player is dealt with a full hand, with all the players proceeding to bet in one round, before the game proceeds to the 'raising' and 're-raising' stage as previously explained.

Then we have community card poker as the third example of non conventional poker games. This is, in actual fact, an outgrowth of stud poker previously mentioned, but one which is quite strict on the rules. What happens here is that when it comes to the dealing stage, all the players are dealt incomplete hands, in a face down position. What follows is that some cards are dealt to the table at the center of the game, these being face up cards - and as they are not dealt to any particular player, they are referred to as being community cards. It thereafter follows that the players choose from those community cards at the center of the table to make a complete hand, with the player who comes up with the best hand naturally being the winner.

The final example of non conventional poker games is that which is referred to as draw poker. This is typically a five card hand poker, though any other number of cards can be used to make a complete hand here. The defining feature of this game is the fact that it allows players to change their hands mid-game; so that at the start of the game, complete hands are dealt to all players, with the faces down-turned. Then once the betting has started and the players see how well or badly they are faring, they get the opportunity to change their hands (subject to some limitations, of course) to improve their chances of winning.

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