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  6-Oct-14, 20:53   #1
Is Holdem the easiest variation of poker? 0 
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So from time to time I flirt around with other variations of poker such as 7 card stud, five card omaha, omaha, now and a again.......and i've been thing mayne, holdem is a way simple game to play and master than those and much less of a gamble.......do u think that holdem is the easier game or do have another that u prefer?

  6-Oct-14, 20:57   #2

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Poker has a rich history and it's hard to pin-point its true origin story.

That said - Texas Holdem is definitely not the fist incarnation.



Sorry - for some reason I read that is 'earliest' not 'easiest'


I would probably say standard, draw-poker is the easiest.

Also, it depends a bit on what you mean 'easiest'. Another factor, is 'limit' poker is probably easier to master in the sense that it's easier to formulate the correct betting lines.. Most successful online poker-bots are made for limit.

  6-Oct-14, 21:37   #3
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I often play freerolls of other games and like very much Badugi, 2 7 low ball one draw. and won tickets with these games in particular. But never tried out cash tournaments and dont know how i would do Question Question Question Question Question Question Question

I will try a micro badugi tournament in the near future and see and probably also a 2 7.

  6-Oct-14, 22:39   #4
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As jess said it depends on what you mean by easiest.

easiest to understand/learn: I think 5-card draw. How you can teach the hierarchy of poker hands in the most simple way and with very few rules. But it's very luck-based, very swingy, not good for teaching skill.

easiest to master: nl hold em. Many books, many theorists, lots of ways to watch, many ways to play. The rules are quite simple though obviously more complicated than draw. But I think the least variance of all poker including limit and once you know how to play (properly) you can make money.

easiest to make money: probably HORSE (if that is itself a variation) or Razz. Obviously it's more difficult to learn and master multiple games but the point is so many play these games who don't know what they are doing. So if you can play them then you can make money easily.

easiest to learn after hold em: PLO, if you're used to playing hold em and want to move on to another game, then omaha is the logical next step. I like playing interesting games that you don't get online. Stockholm is my favourite but you need to understand omaha to understand other games.

easiest way to confuse the bloody hell out of people watching you: When I play live in my local pool club we get a lot of drunk men standing over us often fancying their chances until we deal out five cards each and two flops in our own unique five card Omaha double flop, or failing that any hi-lo game usually does the trick.

  7-Oct-14, 04:57   #5

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In Hold'em the information is always the same, so the math is always the same, too. Unlike Stud, where the other visible cards change your odds. The old wild west style draw variant is quite simple, too.

  7-Oct-14, 07:15   #6

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holdem is the most popular game- meaning it has the "correct" formula to attract masses. which ultimately means that even sh1tty player can win at holdem from time to time, which even more ultimately means that holdem has a bigger element of luck than some other poker forms, which 3x ultimately means that one can understand why such poker forms like stud hi/lo, badugi etc. have such shallow player base... donks come here, and leave naked (literally) in mere minutes.

  7-Oct-14, 16:19   #7
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I think that you can get many different opinions here. And most will say that the easiest
is the on that win the most. So having this in mind il say that the easiest game is
Omaha h/l Smile for me. Easier to tag players also in smaller sites, since not many playing this.

  7-Oct-14, 17:23   #8
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Holdem is easiest for me as it is a game i have played for a long time and more used to it and if you play basics TAG or even play nit all play just premiums and boring poker in general you will tend to make money as people will find a way to call when you favorite. Anyway i like holdem and i am better at it than most games , but who knows if i played some other games first then i might have found holdem difficult. Just look at those stud players, they can be successful as played as a kid !

  9-Oct-14, 01:48   #9
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Posted by awood88:

easiest to understand/learn: I think 5-card draw. How you can teach the hierarchy of poker hands in the most simple way and with very few rules. But it's very luck-based, very swingy, not good for teaching skill.

i also think 5-card draw is the easiest poker game at all... 2.easiest is nl holdem imo

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