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In Internet poker the games Texas Holdem, Seven-Card Stud and Omaha are the ones played most often.

All three games are played with a conventional deck of 52 cards.

Texas Holdem

In Texas Holdem, the most widespread Internet poker game, each player receives two cards face down at the beginning. The players can already place bets with these two cards (Pre-Flop) if they wish, and after they've done so, 3 cards are placed face up in the middle (Flop). Each player can again place his bet and then the fourth card is turned over (Turn). Once again the players can place their bets before the fifth card (River) is displayed. Now the players can place their bets one last time before the Showdown. The players can use their two cards together with a choice of three out of the five face up cards in the middle to arrange their best card combination.
In Texas Holdem only two players are required to place a bet. The player sitting to the left of the dealer has to put in a Small Blind and the player to the left of the Small Blind has to put in the so-called Big Blind (usually the double value of the Small Blind).

Texas Holdem is one of the most popular types of poker.

Here you'll find the 10 best starting hands for Texas Holdem.

Seven-Card Stud

In Seven-Card Stud, unlike in Texas Holdem or Omaha, all players have to make a small starting bet (Ante) to participate in the game. At the beginning, each player receives three cards: one face up and two face down at the beginning. After this there is a first round of betting. Then a fourth, fifth and sixth card are distributed face up, each time followed by a round of betting. The seventh card is distributed face down and a last round of betting follows. At the end, each player chooses five out of his seven cards (three face down, four face up) that make up his final hand. The best of these card combinations wins the previously made bets.

Here you'll find the 10 best starting hands for Seven-Card Stud.

Omaha Hold'em

Omaha is played similarly to Texas Holdem. The difference is that each player receives four cards face down at the beginning and can pick two of them at the end for the card combination. Of the four cards which are face up only two can ever be chosen for the best hand. Thus if you have four aces at the beginning, only two of these can be used together with the five cards which are face up in the middle.

Here you'll find the 10 best starting hands for Omaha.

Games like Seven-Card Stud or Omaha are also sometimes played in a High/Low version. This means that not only the best hand wins the pot, but also the lowest. However, here at least 5 cards must have a value of less than nine (i.e. 2-3-5-6-8).

Here you'll find the 10 besting start hands for Omaha Hi/Lo.