The World Series of Poker always draws attention to all of the other forms of poker besides the most popular one, no-limit hold’em. All of the major variants get their time in the spotlight during the WSOP, as do a several of the minor ones, too.
Later this afternoon, in fact, comes yet another of the “mixed game” events as Event #63: $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix gets underway, an event in which players will be rotating through no-limit hold’em, seven-card razz, fixed-limit hold’em, Badugi, seven-card stud, 2-7 no-limit draw, Omaha hi-low, pot-limit Omaha, 2-7 triple draw, and seven-card stud hi-low.
Even some of the more seasoned players who will be sitting down in Event #63 may well find themselves having to play games with which they aren’t that familiar. Indeed, every summer at the WSOP you hear lots of stories of pros playing variants that are brand new to them, often only armed with quick tutorials before playing (if even that).
This week on Learn.PokerNews, Neil Gibson addressed that very topic of players at the WSOP encountering new games, referring back to the story of Jennifer Harman winning her first bracelet in 2-7 no-limit draw event in 2000 after having only just learned the game right before playing.
A similar story came from this year’s WSOP involving the German footballer Max Kruse. After missing out on a spot for his country’s World Cup squad, Kruse came to Las Vegas where found himself in the company of some poker-playing friends, including George Danzer who has won two bracelets this summer.
As Danzer would explain to PokerNews’ later, “We were getting ready for the 2-7 event and Max liked the game so we just gave him a few hints.” After receiving a half-hour of instruction about the game, Kruse then entered Event #36: $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball and managed to make it all of the way to the final table, finishing third out of a field of 241.
From there Neil imagines a situation in which he was asked to deliver one quick piece of instruction regarding several different non-NLHE games — the kind of thing that would at least help a brand new player focus on something and not be completely helpless when playing an unfamiliar variant.
I thought I’d compile here one piece of advice each for five different non-NLHE games, giving myself the restriction that each had to be delivered in just a few words as an easy-to-remember tip — as if a friend texted me he was about to go play the game for the first time, and I had to shoot him back a quick pointer before he sat down.
Neil then provides one-sentence tips for 2-7 triple draw, Omaha hi-low, razz, pot-limit Omaha, and Badugi — as he says, the kind of thing that could be texted to a friend.
Head over to Learn.PokerNews and check out his “Five Games, Five Tips: Abbreviated Advice for Non-NLHE Games.”