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Mention poker and situs judi online and most people will likely think of Texas Hold ‘Em or 5 Card Draw. We will be exploring some of the less common versions of the game.

Lowball Poker

In Lowball poker, the worst possible hand is the best possible hand. In California Lowball 5-4-3-2-A is the equivalent of a Royal Flush. With Kansas Lowball the ideal hand is 7-5-4-3-2.

Five cards are dealt face down. During the first round of betting a player must bet or fold. After betting each player has the option of drawing up to five new cards. The first four replacement cards are dealt together. The fifth card is dealt after each player has received their replacement cards.

Split Pot Poker

Split Pot is a more egalitarian approach to poker. At the end of a round two or more players get a share of the pot. There are over 80 varieties of Split Pot poker.

Declaration is a Split Pot variant. When playing Declaration, each player announces whether they will try for the highest or lowest hand. The pot is split among the highest of the high hands and the lowest of the low hands. A player who “scoops” the pot or is “going pig” is a player who wins the whole pot by having both the highest and lowest hand.

Stripped Deck Poker

The 52 card deck came about in the 1860s. From the 15th Century until the mid 19th Century a deck consisted of only 20 cards. Strip deck essentially pay homage to the early days of poker. There are multiple variations on strip deck using 32 and 20 cards. We will discuss the 32 card variant.

The cards omitted for 32 Card Strip Deck are deuces through sixes. To begin a round two cards are dealt. One card is face up the other face down. The player with the highest exposed card begins the betting. Each player is dealt three more cards face-up followed by another round of betting. A flush which is harder to achieve with a stripped deck can beat a full house. The players decide if they will play by the aforementioned rule.

H.O.R.S.E. Poker

Popular on the basketball court H.O.R.S.E. made its way to the poker table during the World Series of Poker. H.O.R.S.E. is an acronym for the five types of poker that are played during each round. Each type of poker is played in the sequence below.

Texas Hold ‘Em

Omaha hi-low split eight or better

Razz

Seven card Stud

Seven card Stud hi-low split Eight or better

Considered by some to be the ultimate test of a poker player’s skill H.O.R.S.E. ensures that play doesn’t become tedious. The betting limit on H.O.R.S.E. is fixed with no limitations on pot size.