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Poker Variations for Texas Holdem

Poker Variations for Texas Holdem

-Poker is the ultimate Have-it-your-way game.  Roulette, blackjack, slot machines and other casinos games are pretty straightforward.  The rules are the rules.  But you can customize a poker game to suit your own needs.  There are many variations. Texas Holdem is a variation.  It is really Seven Card Stud Texas Holdem.  Holdem can be played with different betting structures like limit or no limit.

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One way to spice up the action is to make the game a High/Low game where the best poker hand splits the pot with the worst poker hand.  You can tweak this even further by calling the game High/Low, Eights or Better. Now the low hand has to qualify with a hand that is 8 high or better. You can even say that flushes and straights won’t count against forming a low hand, and Aces can be counted high or low.  So you might have an Ace high flush…and split the pot for having the worst hand.

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An easy way to increase the pot is declare a Kill.  When a player wins two hands in a row, the next hand is Killed.  That means the blinds and the limits are doubled until a different player wins a pot.  Or, you can call a Half-Kill.  It’s the same as a Kill except the bets are not doubled, they are increased by 50%.  So for Half-Kill, hands a $10/$20 game becomes a $15/$30 game.

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Tournament Poker has a lot of its own variations and terms, such as Sit-and-Go or SNG.  That’s a short, single-table tournament where you sit, then go. There are a lot of SNG online games.  There’s also the Re-buy.  If you lose all your poker chips, you are allowed to buy back in again.  In a tournament, this usually allowed only for a certain amount of time at the beginning.  Otherwise, it might go on forever.  A Freeze Out is a winner-take-all game and there’s no tournament prize amount for second place.  Some tournaments will feature a Bounty.  That’s where a certain player is tagged as having a Bounty on him.  Whoever eliminates him from the tournament wins a prize.  There are lots of ways to tweak poker.

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