Top Fun New Poker Games to Try -- Poker Games to Add to Your Home Game

Edited by Adam Stemple, 2016

Tired of playing nothing but Texas Hold'em poker? Try out these games in your home game. They're all fun and some are also offered in casinos and online.

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Omaha is a lot like Texas Hold’em on first glance, but there are some important (and fun) differences. Just as in Hold'em, it's a community card game, with players sharing the cards on the board, but unlike Hold'em, each player is dealt four hole or down cards, and must use exactly two cards from his/her hole cards and three from the board to make a five-card poker hand.

This poker game is found on almost all online poker sites and in many casinos.

Some articles on Omaha:

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Pineapple poker is almost identical to Hold'em, only in Pineapple, you start with three cards. But you discard one of them after the flop, so in the end, you have just two cards in the hole, as you would in Hold'em. But the added card adds quite a bit of fun to the game... and makes the final winning hands much higher.

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When I was a little girl, the main game we played in my parent's home game was seven-card stud, which has all but disappeared from home games these days. But it's still a great game, and you can find it online and in the majority of casinos. If you're already rocking the old-fashioned seven-card stud game, I highly recommend trying out seven card stud hi/lo.

Some articles on Seven Stud:

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Speaking of seven-card stud...Razz poker is a variation of seven-card stud played only for low. It will likely become either your most beloved or most detested game of all time, but I hope that it joins your favorites as it has mine. If you're ever playing in a HORSE poker game, it's the R, and you can find it online, too.
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Double flop Hold'Em poker is just what it sounds like: it's Texas Hold'em with two flops! Each player still gets two hole cards, only they get to make two separate hands, one for each of the two sets of board or community cards dealt out. Usually each pot is split between two players, but sometimes one lucky winner scoops the whole (usually large) pot.

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Deuce-to-seven Triple Draw

Now, if you know five-card draw (which is a great game to add in its own right), torture your fellow players and please your bankroll by introducing Deuce-to-seven Triple Draw. It is five-card draw played for the "worst" hand, and you get to draw three times. It seems complicated at first, but is quite easy to play once you master the rules. The strategy? I'm still working on it myself while I practice over at Pokerstars.