The Different Types of Poker Games


The game of Poker involves betting rounds, and the highest hand wins. During the betting rounds, the players do not reveal their hole cards to each other, so they are able to bluff without revealing their true hand ranking. Instead, they reveal their hands one by one, and the player with the highest ranking hand wins the pot, which is the total of all the bets placed. In the final round, players reveal their hands and see who has the highest ranking hand.

High-low variations

Many poker games are classified as high-low or lowball, but there are some that don’t fall into neat categories. These games have characteristics of both categories, and can be played at home. Most are part of dealer’s choice formats. These variations are played when players have a hand that consists of three or more cards. They are often ranked similarly to poker hands, and feature multiple successive rounds of betting, each of which consists of a decision on whether to be “in” or “out.” In these games, the losers match the pot, which grows rapidly.

Tie hands

In poker, a tie hand occurs when two players have the same five-card combination. Pairs of twos and sevens are common ties, but sometimes they are broken by a high card. Certain board textures may increase the probability of a tie. Players cannot take part in the final betting round if their hands are tied. The player who has the better five-card combination wins the hand. In these cases, the player with the best pair of aces may be the winner of the tie.

Royal flush

A Royal Flush in poker is a hand consisting of all five of the same suit. In the game of poker, the highest card in a flush is called the ‘kicker’. In the case of a poker hand with the ‘king’, it is known as a “full hand.” In addition to this, a royal flush can also have other kinds of hands, like a straight or two pairs.

Betting rounds

Each poker hand consists of a series of betting rounds. The number of betting rounds varies between poker variants. In Texas Hold’em, for example, there are four betting rounds: the preflop, the flop, the turn, and the river. Each time a player bets, they must match their opponent’s bet, and then raise on top of their own bet to continue. After all, a poker hand is only good if it can win.


The Rules of Poker is a poker guidebook published by Robert Ciaffone, a world-renowned authority on cardroom rules. Ciaffone selected the rules in the book, revised and organized them, and helped draft new rules. Ciaffone has worked with cardrooms as a consultant and drafter for decades, and he even wrote a rulebook for the Poker Players Association, which was founded in 1984 but has since gone out of business.