Poker in its various forms has been probably the most popular gambling card game throughout the world for many years. It is generally accepted that most people’s introduction to gambling on poker on this side of the Atlantic was through the western films we all enjoyed as kids. This was of course invariably 5 card draw poker, with all the cards dealt face down and each player given the opportunity to change as many cards as they liked after the first gambling round. The only clues a player would have as to the strength of their opponent’s hands would be the number of cards changed and the ensuing betting patterns, which of course was ideal to increase the drama. Nowadays, most poker tournaments are played in the Texas Hold’em format, using two cards dealt face down to each player and five community cards dealt face up in the middle of the table, one at a time after each gambling round. The use of community cards which are visible and available to all the players does provide a better chance of assessing an opponent’s hand, but also makes poker gambling slightly riskier for any player on a budget, with up to five betting rounds during each hand. Another poker game increasing in popularity in online casinos is 7 card stud, which although it is not played with community cards, retains the advantage of being able to assess an opponent’s hand because five cards of each player’s hand are dealt face up, again one at a time between each gambling round. Most of the major online casinos also offer 5 card stud as an alternative poker gambling format, with just one card dealt face down. Online casinos have been able to reintroduce these poker gambling variations, with the result that those fans of gambling on poker now have far more choice of poker games they can play. Even if your main poker game is Texas Hold’em, these poker gambling alternatives are well worth a try.