Because poker is a game known around the world, it didn't take long for various different poker games to arise. We have Pai Gow poker, which is a combination of traditional poker and the game of Chinese dominoes and Caribbean Poker, which also has its own spin. It's interesting, as a poker player myself, to switch between the different games occasionally for a little variety. Of course, it's important to study the house edge on each of these games to know which ones to avoid in particular. The odds can be found in each of the corresponding sections listed below.
Let's examine some of the more popular poker variations. Each of the poker games is explained in further detail in the corresponding section; just click on the link.
Caribbean Stud Poker
In this game, a standard 52-card deck is used and the players are playing against the dealer with a house edge of around 5% on the ante bet and 2.5% on the hand bet, which are explained in further detail in this section.
Let it Ride Poker
In this game you are playing for the best hand possible with a house edge of a little less than 3%. The dealer is not involved in this game - it's just the players. The hands are composed of three cards that are dealt to the players and 2 common cards that are used to complete the hand. There are three betting squares labelled 1, 2, and $, which are explained in more details in this section.
Pai Gow Poker
This game is a cross between traditional poker and the ancient Chinese domino game. It's played with a standard 52-card deck and a Joker - making 53 cards in total. The Joker can be used as an ace or to complete a straight or flush. This puts an interesting spin on things, as in most bonus games. Pai Gow Poker is also different in that you get to play two hands (one 5-card hand and one 2-card hand) against the dealer.
In this game, the players are playing against each other; the dealer is not involved. Each player is dealt 2 cards, with 5 common cards being placed on the table.