As any live poker aficianado knows, it’s a good time to be a no limit hold’em player, an okay time to be a limit hold’em player, and a rough time to be an Omaha/Stud/Razz player. These games are just hard to find in a casino. When I was last in Vegas the various regulars I met could quote for me exactly where all three Omaha games were in the city at any given moment. And one said, "That is, if you can get into the one at the Orleans." This is Vegas, the poker capital of the world. And there’s only three games. WTF?
If you like the obscure games, you’re just shit out of luck if you want to play them live. That’s why I’m so amazed at the concept of Omaha/8 No Limit. I’m mostly amazed at how easy it is to make money if you’re playing competently. But more than that, it’s a game that will probably only ever exist online. And definately at the stakes I’m playing (maximum $100 buyin) it’s never going to be dealt in a casino.
Which makes me wonder, how long before someone resurrects a truly obscure form of poker, puts it online, and then has it break into the mainstream of live poker?
It’s fascinating to think about.