Top 5 Poker Variations You Need to Know

Top 5 Poker Variations You Need to Know

Playing poker games online has become a popular trend in recent years. According to the World Series of Poker, as many as 100 million people play poker online globally. What is so intriguing about the poker game is the many variations that constantly keep players on their toes. Want to play? Here are 5 variations of poker online in Malaysia that may pique your interest:  

1. Texas Hold’em

Online Texas Hold’em poker is probably the most popular variation. The best part is, top players can even make millions of dollars from such games!  When playing Texas Hold’em poker online in Malaysia, each player is dealt two cards that are face down as their personal hand (hole cards) and five community cards that are dealt face up in three stages.  The objective is to make the best possible five-card hand according to the poker-hand rankings.

Online Texas Hold’em poker players will bet on their potential for winning fellow players’ hands or attempt to play bluff so that opponents may fold out of fear of losing. The final winner is determined by the player with the best hand. If there is a tie, the pot will be divided equally. 

2. Five-Card Draw

This is one of the most common and simplest variations of poker games online. In the Five-Card Draw, each player is dealt five cards, all face down at the start of the game. Then a round of betting follows. If more than one player remains after the first round, each player is given the right to discard up to five cards in his or her hands and replace them with new ones from the deck.

Players will then proceed to a second round of betting with the player to the dealer’s left. This is followed by a showdown where the winning player is determined by who has the best hand.

3. Seven-Card Stud

Compared to the Five Card Draw, Seven-Card Stud is a bit more intense because each player has more cards (seven in total) to make the best poker hand. To start playing this variation of poker online in Malaysia, each player is dealt two cards facing down and one card facing up before the first betting round commences. After the first bet, another face-up card is dealt with each player, followed by the second round of betting. The same step happens for another two more face-up cards before the last face-down card is dealt. The game ends with the fifth round of betting and a final showdown where each player makes the best five-card poker hand out of the seven cards they were dealt.

4. Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO)

PLO is a variation of poker games online that is very similar to online Texas Hold’em poker but with two key differences. First, when playing PLO, there is a restriction from betting on the size of the pot. This means players cannot overbet the pot or move ‘All-In’ like in a No-Limit game.  Secondly, unlike Texas Hold’em in which each player is dealt two cards, a PLO player is dealt four hole cards. However, PLO players can only use two of them along with three of the community cards to make a five-card poker hand.

5. Short Deck Poker

Again, this is another variant of online Texas Hold’em Poker but with a few differences that help to quicken the pace of the game. Firstly, all the ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, and ‘5’ cards are removed to form a 36-card deck instead of the usual 52-card deck.  Each player is dealt two cards face down and seeks to make the best five-card poker hand from any combination of the seven cards. Also, all players post an ante (a forced bet in an equal amount of money) instead of blinds (forced bets made at the beginning of the game by the two players immediately clockwise from the dealer). 

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