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Although not an online game by nature as you can't play against the house, and its difficult and usually illegal to make real bets with other individuals across long distances, even with the advent of technology, the coordination is difficult. There are some places online which offer a form of standard (or classic) poker, and of course the Internet can be a powerful tool for connecting with other people sharing similar interests. Poker tournaments can be found in various cities around the world, clubs, associations and groups all make themselves accessible through online media.

The first things to learn are the basics of the game, betting, and ranking of the hands. Different variations exist based on the classic paradigm of the poker hand ranks. Read up on poker hands here. Credit for many descriptions of the following variations goes to GameReport.com. Usually, variations are brought into existence to minimize the need for skill within the game-play. It's a usual rule of thumb that the crazier the variation, the less skill is involved in the game. Here we report on a number of games, including draw and stud examples.

5 Card Draw - the classic of the standard poker games
Players: 3-7
Initial Deal: five down cards to each player
Game-Play:
There is a betting round after the deal, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. After the betting round, each player may exchange up to three cards. Another round of betting ensues, followed by the showdown. With fewer than six Players, a player may draw four cards if they show that their remaining card is an Ace.
Winner: High hand
Standard Variations:
· Adding wild cards to play (and allowing five-of-a-kinds if chosen).
· High/low: the highest hand and lowest hand split the pot.
· Lowball: Lowest hand wins
· Allowing for four card draw with an ace.
· Double draw: After the first exchange and subsequent betting, there is another exchange and betting round.

Spit in the Ocean
Players: 3-12
Initial Deal: 4 cards down to each player, one card up in the middle.
Game-Play: As in 5 card draw, but each player receives only 4 cards. The card in the middle is shared by all Players and, along with all other cards of the same rank, is wild.
Winner: High hand
Anaconda (Pass the Trash)
Players: 4-7
Initial Deal: seven down cards to each player
Game-Play: Rotating bet starting after the deal. Each player passes three cards to the player on their left after the first round. After the next betting round, everyone passes two cards to the player on their left. After another betting round, Players pass one card to their left. Each player then chooses five cards to keep and discards the remaining two. Game-Play continues with a rolling showdown. Cards speak for themselves.
Winner: high hand
Standard Variations:
· The cards are passed to other than the person to the left (Ex. 3-left, 2-right, 1-left or 3-left, 2-two-to-the-left, 1-three-to-the-left).
· The player keeps all seven cards at the end and chooses which to turn up. This allows the player to change from hi to lo depending on what is being played.
· Pass 2 cards to the left and 1 card to the right at the same time.
· Love Thy Neighbor: High hand and the person to his left (who is still in) split the pot.

Howdy Doody Poker
Players: 4-7
Initial Deal: seven down cards to each player
Game-Play: As with Anaconda, but with these exceptions: this game is high/low and has wild cards. Threes are wild if and only if the hand they are in is used to try to win the high pot. Kings are wild if and only if the hand they are in is used to try for the low pot. No betting until the showdown.
Winner: High and low hands split
NOTES: The low pot is usually won by a perfect low. High is usually won by at least a full house.

Stud Poker
Players: 3-10
Initial Deal: 1 down, 1 up (5 card stud) or 2 down, 1 up (7 card stud) to each player
Game-Play: Betting begins after the deal. After each round of betting, each player is dealt one card face up except for the last card, which is dealt face down. Showdown occurs after the last round.
Winner: High and low hands split.
Standard Variations:
· Last card dealt face-up.
· Adding wild cards.
· Canadian Stud: 5 card stud. 4-card straight beats a pair, 4-card flush beats a 4-card straight, 2 pair beats a 4-card flush. This adds more hands to shoot for, making 5 card stud more interesting.

Abyssinia
Players: 3-12
Initial Deal: None
Game-Play: One card is turned face up on each side of the deck. Each player in turn has the option to buy one of the up cards or the top card from the deck, each at preset prices. After each round of purchasing comes a round of betting. Game-Play continues until each player has 5 cards. Costs are assigned by card rank (2-5 = 25 cents, 6-K = 10 cents, A = 50 cents). Cardsfrom the deck are dealt up so the cost can be paid. Players may hold cards purchased.
Winner: High and low hands split.

Auction
Players: 3-7
Initial Deal: two cards down to each player
Game-Play: A number of cards equal to the number of Players is turned up in the middle of the table. Each person then secretly chooses an amount of at least the minimum bet and places it in their hand. Then everyone drops their coins at once. The person who "bid" highest gets chooses one of the up cards and adds it to his hand, leaving it face up in front of him. The person who "bid" second highest chooses next, and so forth. If more than one person bid the same amount, then the person nearest a spot rotating clockwise from the left of the dealer chooses first with the other people choosing in clockwise order. All bids are added to the pot. This continues until all people have 7 cards. Then there is a single betting round starting with the high hand on the table, followed by a high/low/both declaration and a showdown.
Winner: High and low hands split.

To get a good sense of the rules of standard poker, read our standard poker rules page.