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Texas Hold'em Poker

Sometimes I feel like playing limit and other times I just have a craving to play Omaha. By trying new games out, I learned that I’m a pretty decent Omaha tournament player. But it makes me wonder, how many people do this also?

I was recently talking to a friend of mine about poker. The conversation was uninteresting, until I realized that this player thought that No Limit Hold’em was the only poker game. I was absolutely stunned by this. To my buddy, there were no other games! Hold em and only hold em. That’s just incredible.

This particular conversation inspired me to write this little column. I want you to know that there are other games out there and they too are very enjoyable. I thought it would be fun to list out some reasons why you should learn some of the other games out there.

1. Hold em might not be your best game – Believe it or not, it’s quite possible that you would be a better Omaha or Stud player than a No Limit Hold’em player. Every game relies on different skills, and your skill set could be more profitable in one of these other games.

There is no way of finding out than trying different variations. Otherwise you may be missing a gold mine. As everybody plays Holdem poker, there are other poker variations where you may find easier or more profitable games, such as pot-limit-omaha. All that matters is to play noble poker.

2. You have more game selection choices - I’ve told you before how important game selection is, and the more games in which you become proficient, the more you can look at before deciding which game to play.

It is always worth it to spend some time waiting for the right poker game.

3. You will avoid boredom - When you start playing a lot of hours every week, especially in just one type of game, burn-out becomes a realistic possibility. If you mix up the games you play, you can give your mind a break from the monotony. Also, if you start to run bad, you can change games and try to turn things around without becoming maniac about it.

4. All the great players play all games - All of the names you know play all types of poker. For example, I’m sure you’ve seen Phil Ivey play. Well, you may be surprised to know that although he has won 8 WSOP bracelets, nonr of them were in Texas Hold em. Nope, they were all attained playing Omaha, Stud, Draw poker and mixed games like HORSE, SHOE and Omaha-Stud. This is the real reason why he is a great player, because he plays all games well.

But playing various poker variations, some of what you learn in one variation is transferrable to other versions. For example player profiling is very similar among various forms of the game. Rotating games will broaden your understanding of poker.

Hopefully, this has resonated with you. Have some guts and try something new.