While Texas hold’em has been the biggest benefactor of the poker boom, it hasn’t been the only one. A similar variant, Omaha hold’em, previously obscure among casual poker players, has also seen a major rise in popularity. Many people have picked up the game because of its resemblance to Texas hold’em, but they soon find out that there are several significant differences between them. Omaha hold’em often provides more ‘action’ (more betting and bigger pots) than its Texas form, is frequently played as a hi/lo game (more specifically Pot Limit Omaha, Hi-Lo), and narrows the gap between beginner and expert.
The term ‘poker Bible’ is bandied about frequently these days. While it is usually used in reference to Super System, written by Doyle Brunson and other distinguished poker players, one volume cannot properly cover all variation of poker, much as the Judeo-Christian Bible cannot cover every world religion. Small Stakes Hold ‘em: Winning Big With Expert Play by Ed Miller, David Sklansky, and Mason Malmuth serves as my holy text when it comes to poker. I play mostly 3-6 and 4-8 limit hold’em, games popular among casual and … well, let’s just say ‘less wealthy’ players. Though I cannot cite exact numerical proof, I am certain that this book has made me a winner at these levels.
The colossal rise in poker over the past several years has drastically changed the professional gambling industry. Before the release, and subsequent rise in popularity, of the movie Rounders and the broadcast of the 2003 World Series of poker (won by Chris Moneymaker, beating poker pro Sam Farha), professional poker players lived in relative obscurity, competing in Las Vegas cash games or traveling around a tournament circuit that was much smaller than the one we see today.
Betfair Poker is owned and operated by the biggest sports exchange in the world. They recently moved their poker room off of the Cryptologic network and now are a stand-alone poker room. It is home and sponsor to the newest rising star of poker Annette_15, who recently won the EPT. Piggybacking off her success, Betfair have two $200000 guaranteed tourneys a week, where you can pit your wits against this ruthless player.
The starting stages of any online poker tournament should be where you try to accumulate some chips. Although a tight style might see you through to the middle stage, you are unlikely to be have enough chips to push players around later. Do not go all in unless you have the stone cold nuts. Which means, do not go all in pre-flop at this stage. At this point you have enough chips to see some flops, make some bets and take down some pots – make sure that you use them.