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A Little Less Conversation

by David Downing |  Published: Dec 01, 2009


After several months of theorising and navel contemplation, I thought this month we would get down and dirty and talk about playing actual poker. Recently, I have returned to the game of my beginnings — pot-limit Omaha. I had been trying my hand at eight-game, a heady mix of H.O.R.S.E. plus triple draw, pot-limit Omaha, and no-limit hold’em. Whereas I firmly believe the games are eminently beatable, there are a few problems. Firstly, they are hard to multi-table, meaning there is a natural impact on hourly rates. Secondly, the stakes of the big bet games, while in proportion to the limit ones in terms of action, require much larger bankrolls. A guy playing the $500 buy-in game would only require a $6,000 roll for the limit action, but more like $30,000 or more for the big bet. Making less per hour with a higher risk of ruin is not a ...

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