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Hold'em Poker Variations

Hold'em Poker is a combination of Community Poker and the use of blind bets in place of antes. The main Hold'em game from which all others branch is Texas Hold'em.

There are many different variations of Hold'em Poker, two of which are featured on this website. Some of the more popular variations of Hold'em poker are:

Manila Seven-up Poker
Manila is played with a stripped deck in which all cards below the rank of 7 are removed leaving just 32 cards. Each player is dealt two hole cards. The five community cards are dealt one at a time and each is followed by a round of betting.

At the showdown, unlike Texas Hold'em and more like Omaha, each player makes their best poker hand from both of their hole cards and exactly three of the five community cards.

Because of the stripped deck, a flush beats a full house. Also, an ace may not be played low for a straight (that is, the hand A-7-8-9-10 is not counted as a straight).

Double Flop Hold'em
In this variant two boards (groups of community cards) are dealt at the same time. Each player is dealt two pocket cards and tries to make the best hand of five for each set of community cards. Players can not combine the two boards so they have has two 5 card hands.

Double Flop Hold'em is often played as a split-pot game. The player who wins one board wins half the pot and the player who wins the other board wins half the pot. However, it can also be played where the best hand from one board wins the entire pot.

Irish Hold'em
This is played the same as Omaha Hold 'Em, with one exception. After seeing the first three community cards on the flop, each player must discard two of their four cards. The rest of the game is played with players using the five community cards and the two cards left in their hand.

Super Eight
This is played the same as Texas Hold 'Em, with the one exception that each player is dealt three cards at the beginning of the game instead of two.

Tahoe
Played the same as Texas Hold'em, with the one exception that each player is dealt three cards at the beginning of the game instead of two. Each player can then only use two of their three hole cards in their final hand.

Pineapple
Each player is dealt three pocket cards. There is a round of betting then the flop is dealt (3 cards) and then another round of betting. Then each player must discard one of their pocket cards so they are left with only two. The game then plays like normal Texas Hold'em and each player must make their best 5 card hand.

Crazy Pineapple
Played the same as Pineapple, with the one exception that players discard one of their hole cards after the flop and before the second betting round.

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