Poker Variants

Poker Variants
We have compiled a list of poker variants that we have played in China.

Reference Sheet

Download a one page poker games reference sheet. The sheet lists all the traditional games in poker, as well as non-standard games like pineapple, 2-7 triple draw, as well as the variants below.


Virginia Hold’em

This is a variation of Hold’em, that is a hybrid of stud and hold’em.
Summary: The game is positional, and played with blinds. Two cards are dealt face-down to each player, and followed by a betting round. Two community cards are then dealt to the board, and followed by a betting round. Two cards are then dealt to each player, and followed by a betting round. A final community card is then dealt to the board, and followed by a final betting round.
Read more about Virginia Hold’em.

Open Draw – (DC Draw)

This is a variation of Five Card Draw, where three cards are exposed.
Summary: The game is positional, and played using blinds. Two cards are dealt face-down, and three cards are dealt face-up. This is followed by a betting round. Each player then states which cards they would like trade. Only after all players indicate which cards they would like to trade, the dealer then deals cards to each player. If a face-down card is traded away, a face-down card is received; the same applies for face-up. This is followed by another betting round. The game is generally played double-draw.
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Houston Stud

This is a variation of Seven Card Stud, that should be very familiar to Texas Hold’em players.
Summary: The game is positional, and played using blinds. Two cards are dealt face-down to each player, followed by a betting round. Three face-up cards are then dealt to each player, followed by a betting round. One face-up card is dealt to each player, followed by a betting round. A final face-up card is dealt to each player, followed by the final betting round and showdown.
Read more about Houston Stud Poker.