Poker has many variations, all following a similar pattern of play and using the same hand ranking hierarchy.
Lock Poker provides simple easy to use poker software that allows players to play their favourite games of poker, in a range of different stakes and variations.
Texas Holdem is the most popular format of poker. It is played worldwide and is featured on TV with such tournaments as the WSOP and WPT. It is played in two common formats - ring games and tournaments. Ring Games or cash games are tables that players can select their stakes and can come and go as the please. Lock poker has many ring games running at any one time. The stakes range from play money and micro limits to $25/50.
Another common variant, Omaha Hi/lo and straight Omaha. Omaha is second in popularity after Holdem
A player can choose to play ring games, tournaments and more. However it is a rather different game to Holdem and is players adjust their strategy accordingly. In Omaha poker players are dealt 4 cards and must make the best hand they can by using two of them and 3 of the 5 community cards.
There are games of 5 card stud poker and razz constantly being played. As it is not as popular a game as Omaha or Holdem, Stud poker tournaments are on offer occasionally, usually as part of one of the monthly promotions. There are still a variety of stakes on offer ranging from play money and micro limits through to 25/50.
7 Card Stud
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo variant.
Hi Low poker is played with the same structure as 7 card stud, the only difference is with the showdown. Where the pot is split evenly between the highest and lowest hands, providing the low hand qualifies.
Razz poker is the same as seven card stud, however it is played suiong ace-5 low hand values. Razz is not the most popular game however players can usually find one or two money tables running around the clock.
Draw poker like stud is commonly played in a variety of formats. There is 5 card, Triple draw, Badugi and mixed that are available for players at Lock poker. Once again there is a variety of games, for each format constantly running. However draw games are rarely run in tournament formats outside of special promotions. Though the cash games are quite popular, and players can always find exciting action at a level that suits their bankroll.
5 Card Draw
Five card draw is a relatively popular game at Lock and there are plenty different formats on offer including limit, pot limit, and joker games. After the blinds and cards a dealt, there are two betting rounds in 5 card stud. After the first round players have the option to change and improve their hand by discarding up 5 of their cards and replacing them with new ones.
Badugi is a 4-card version of triple draw lowball poker. Highly popular in Korea, the goal is to get 4 cards of different suits with no pairs. This is called a Badugi. Badugi makes use of the same blind structure as other games; however there are no community cards. Badugi is played in both limit and Pot limit at Lock, with a hand full of cash games for players to practice and hone their skills at.
Triple draw is another draw poker variant where players are dealt a complete hand before betting rounds commence. At Lock poker there are two variants; deuce-7 lowball, both variants can be played either limit or pot limit. There is a range of stakes for each game type.
Learn more about poker games and strategy at Cards Chat. Cards Chat is an excellent poker community site for players to talk about the game and learn from each other.