5 Different Texas Holdem Variations to Try

The game of Texas Holdem has gained popularity ever since the recent poker boom. Today, millions of people play a game that was formerly only played by “wise guys” and serious casino players. Plenty of variants are invented to allow players to enjoy the game more and get challenged by changes in rules or betting structure.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few other Texas Holdem poker games that can be played in poker rooms in casinos and online sites to spice up your experience.

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Limit Holdem

While the gameplay of Limit Texas Holdem is quite similar to that of No-limit Texas Holdem, which will be discussed later, there are some noticeable differences in the betting structure.

The higher limit, often known as fixed limit poker, is double the lower limit, or $2/$4, under this two-tiered betting structure.

The betting increment uses the lower limit for the first two betting rounds. Meanwhile, the game uses the upper limit on the third and fourth betting rounds.

The small and big blinds on the first two seats will begin the betting. The small blind is equivalent to one-half of the lower betting limit, or $1, while the big blind is equal to the lower betting limit, or $2.

The first person to the big blind’s left decides to act first – fold or call the big blind, or raise by exactly twice the big blind, no more, no less.

In the first two rounds of $2 / $4 Limit Holdem, you can fold, call $2, or raise to $4.

If you raise, the next player has the option of calling $4 or raising to $6. Players who act next may raise to $8 if the first player raises to $6.

In this scenario, all bet increments would change to $4 on the turn and river.

No-Limit Holdem

It begins with the small and big blinds posting the required wagers to build a pot. Next, players are handed two face-down cards, also known as hole cards, to create their opening hand.

Starting with the first player to the big blind’s left, each player must select whether to call, raise, or fold their hand. No-limit Holdem is a type of poker where players can bet all of their chips, often known as going all in, at any time during a hand.

The dealer puts out three community cards known as the flop after the first round of betting, or pre-flop, has concluded.

After another betting round, the fourth card is dealt (Turn).

After this betting round, the fifth card is dealt (River).

Before any remaining players expose their hands, there is one more round of betting. The winner of the showdown is the player who has the best hand.

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Pot Limit Holdem

The pot size in Pot Limit Holdem regulates the size of the bets. The pot size can be bet or raised, but not beyond that. This game serves as a bridge between limit and no limit. Playing Pot limit poker can be a better fit if you’re not ready for the intense action at the No-limit Texas Holdem table.

For example, there is $20 in the pot, and you are the next person in line to bet. You can increase your wager by the $20 pot size. Alternatively, you can call the bet, which may be smaller than that.

Ultimate Texas Holdem

A casino game called Ultimate Texas Holdem is played against the house. You start the game by placing a wager equal to the ante and blind; a Trips wager is optional.

The dealer and you each receive two hole cards. You can play or check, and your wager must be three to four times the ante.

The dealer turns over three community cards once the first round of betting is complete. If you checked earlier, you could place a Play wager equal to twice the ante. You cannot place another wager if you have previously placed a Play wager.

The final two community cards are dealt after that.

If you double-check, you can fold your ante and blind bets to avoid having to place the Play bet, or you can place a Play bet equal to the ante. You are not allowed to place another wager if you set one earlier.

Following the betting round, you and the dealer will use your two-hole cards and the five community cards to create the best Texas Holdem poker hands possible.

To qualify, the dealer requires at least a pair. Ante and Play bets pay 1 to 1 if you defeat the dealer.

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Pineapple Holdem

It is similar to Texas Holdem games, except you receive three instead of two hole cards. The three-hole cards are handled differently depending on the type of Pineapple Holdem variant.


There are other variations of Texas Holdem to try. Although some have similar rules, they often differ in the betting structure. Either way, if you want to try something new but don’t want to stray away from your beloved Texas Holdem, try one of the games mentioned in this article.