Unusual Online Poker Games and Where to Play Them

John Mehaffey - February 17, 2013

All poker rooms offers Texas Hold’em and Omaha. These are the most common and popular games at online poker rooms. Many poker players enjoy a break from these games or specialize in playing unusual games. These include stud, draw and mixed games.

Stud Games

There are typically three stud offerings at online poker rooms. These are Seven Card Stud Hi, Seven Card Stud High/Low and Razz. Seven Card Stud Hi has just one winner. Razz is lowball stud with just one winner. Seven Card Stud High/Low splits between low and high provided a player makes an 8 or better low, otherwise the high hand wins. These games can be found at most online poker rooms. Five Card Stud is a high only game that can also be found at some rooms.

Draw Games

There are several forms of draw games offered by online poker rooms. Standard Five Card Draw is available at PokerStars, RedKings and Carbon Poker. Badugi has emerged as a popular draw game as well. Badugi is a triple draw game that combined lowball and suits. The best hand is an ace, two, three and four in a rainbow, meaning for different suits.

PokerStars and Carbon Poker also offer A-5 and 2-7 draw games in both single draw and triple draw. A-5 is a standard lowball game where an ace is the lowest card and the wheel, or ace, two, three, four, five is the best hand. Straights and flushes do not penalize a player and may play low. 2-7 is a lowball game where an ace is high. The best hand is seven, five, four, three, two. A straight or flush must be played high so they are useless in 2-7 games.

Carbon Poker also offers a five card draw game that involves a joker. The joker is not wild except in certain situations. A joker is an ace or it completes a straight or a flush, much like it does in Pai Gow Poker.

There are also a variety of mixed games. PokerStars offers a Triple Stud mixed game. This is a game that deals a rotation of Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low and Razz. PokerStars also offers an 8 Game. This mix includes fixed limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha High/Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low and 2-7 Triple Draw. It also include Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Texas Hold’em.

Both PokerStars and Carbon Poker offer a Hold’em/Omaha mix, HORSE that is a limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha High/Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi and Seven Card Stud High/Low and HOSE which is HORSE without Razz. These two rooms are the home for unusual games although the traffic at PokerStars makes it the better choice for game selection.

Learning these games can be great for preventing burnout and to make poker more fun. It can also be a way to find a game that you may be an expert in that other players do not study. This can help your overall win rate. If you get bored with Texas Hold’em then this can be a great way to end that boredom.