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When someone hears about poker, they instantly think of it as undoubtedly the world’s most popular card game, offering a perfect balance between mathematical calculation and luck, beloved by gamblers of all kinds. This perception of poker, while having some roots in reality, is an oversimplification. To better understand this game, one needs to realize that poker was never a constant set of rules – throughout its history the rules had always changed and shifted, breeding many different variations of the game. Despite there being more popular variations (such as Texas Hold’em), the term “poker” itself is often up to one’s interpretation and favorite variation. 

So it’s more correct to view poker as a multitude of games with their own twists and catches, rather than a single game. The enormous number of variants resulted in them being split into different “families”, largely grouped by the protocol of card-dealing and betting. The most common families are straight poker, stud poker, draw poker, and community card poker. Even to this day, new variations appear regularly. 

The large quantity of poker variations makes it nigh impossible to excel in all of them at once, so poker players tend to sharpen their skills in a limited number of variations. Skillfully playing and winning in one type of poker doesn’t guarantee the same level of success in other variations. So if one is to switch a variation it would be smart to spend some time and master a new “discipline” and all its strategies.