This Poker, That Poker…Which Poker
Around my poker table last night we decided that we were going to purchase for the next poker night a small white board. We would write on this white board which game we were playing (we play dealers choice, and it can change with every game), what that game basically looks like (we get very confused), and what the wilds are if there are any. So, I figured that if we needed something like that for our poker table, it might be useful for the rest of the poker world to have a little reference sheet that will tell them at a glance which poker is which. Here are some of the most popular internet poker games; this is not meant to be a description of how to play, but rather a quick reference resource so that you can can say, “oh yes, Caribbean Stud, that’s the one that…..”
Three Card Poker This is the one when you get to bet on either your hand, the dealers hand or both. If you make the Pair Plus Bet you need to have a pair or more, if you make the Ante bet you are betting against the dealer; you make the bet before the cards are dealt.
Caribbean Hold’em Poker This is a variation of Texas Hold’em and looks identical apart from the betting and winning. Most online casinos will have a progressive jackpot shared by Caribbean Hold’em and Caribbean Stud. Usually this works that a flush or better, that beats the dealer on the flop will give you a progressive jackpot win.
Caribbean Stud This looks just like a five card stud game, except with this one the dealer always has one card face up, and Caribbean Stud is solely against the dealer. Caribbean Stud also usually has a progressive jackpot option on internet sites accessible through the side pot.
Let’em Ride This is the one where you get 3 cards face up whilst the dealer receives 2 face down; one of which he turns over after the first round of betting. The dealer’s second card is flipped only after a final round of betting.
Pai Gow This is the one that always has a joker; you get 7 cards which you split into a 5 card and a 2 card hand….you compete against the dealer.
Obviously there are many more varieties, but these are the ones that I see most often on internet sites, and so these are the ones that I chose to summarize. There are heaps out there so it’s not surprising the confusion occurs; by identifying a few characteristic elements of each you will find it a lot easier to recognize and recall games in a flash when you need to.