Game types

Omaha

The widow in Omaha, combined with the fact that players have four cards to choose from, provides a wealth of information. For instance, if you see a pair in the widow, you should assume that at least one player has a full house. Because more than one player can have the full house, you should make sure that you can beat it with higher cards. For instance, if two 7s are showing, and someone is betting fairly aggressively, you should assume that he or she is using that pair toward a full house. It is quite possible that you are also using the two 7s towards a full house.

Jacks Or Better

Playing at the Sahara in 1994, I studied Stanford Wong’s Professional Video Poker and memorized the strategy However, Wong’s strategy was for 8/5 Jacks or Better with a 12,000-coin royal flush (from a progressive meter) and I was using it on 9/6 Jacks or Better games with lower royals. Furthermore, Wong’s belief at the time was that speed at this game was more important than complete accuracy; so his strategy was simplified. For example, all suited high card-ten combinations were grouped together, so I had no idea that JT was superior to QT, which was superior to KT.

Poker Holdem

This fast game is usually played high-low. Each player ends up with only two cards, so that a pair of aces is the best possible high hand and an A-2 is the best possible low hand. Sometimes deuces are played wild, in which case A-2 swings. Clearly, an ace (or a deuce in the wild card variation) gives one a decided advantage. There are two ways of dealing Hurricane. In one form, each player receives only one down card before the first betting interval. Then the active players receive their second (and last) down card.There is another betting interval and a showdown. The staying requirements are simple: call on a low card.