How to Play Poker Variations

There are just so many different variations to the game of poker that it would surely be such a shame if you don’t try them one by one. If you’re worried about spending too much time learning the games, just read our how to play poker article and you’ll be fine!

Indian Poker

This game is played from two to ten players. The objective of the game is simply to have the highest card for the round.

Rule 1A – No Looking When the dealer is finished dealing each player one card, all players are required to show their cards to everybody else by holding them high. They’re prohibited however from peeking at their OWN cards.

Rule 1B – The Winner After the players all have a look at each other’s cards and everyone has completed their bets, it’s time for the showdown!

Rule 1C – The Strategy The key to winning at Indian Poker is to keep your face indifferent or expressionless while you see your friends raising and betting crazily without knowing that they’re holding the two or three of clubs. It's quite a fun game and totally different than your average poker game.

7 Card Stud

This is one of the most popular poker variations and the rules are quite simple to play. The objective is similar to regular poker and that’s to have the best 5 card hand possible.

Rule 2A – Starting the Game Players are dealt one card faced up to determine who will go first.

Rule 2B – Rounds of Betting 7 Card Stud players are allowed to participate in 4 rounds of betting if they stay in a full game of 7 card stud and will eventually have 7 cards in total. To determine a winner players must choose the best 5 to make their hand.

How to Play Poker Rule 2C – Wild Cards and Five of a Kind Wild cards and 5 of a kind can be played in 7 Card Stud. Look for table options if this is your desire.

The 5 Card Stud

Just follow the rules of 7 Card Stud but this time around, you only get up to 5 cards.


Again, just read on the rules of 7 Card Stud to learn how to play the game.

Rule 4B – The Main Difference The player with the high spade in the hole will split the pot with the player with the best hand. It is possible to have both the best hand and high spade and collect the entire pot.