A large number of poker players simply log onto their favourite poker room day in and day out. They play the same game all the time, never changing or even contemplating learning other poker games. Not only are they missing out on a whole host of fun games they are also potentially losing out financially.
The most popular game by online poker rooms is No Limit Texas Hold’em. But in the fight to be the best online poker room, they are constantly adding new games for players to play. The most natural new game to try if you are a Hold’em player is Pot Limit Omaha. It is a game favoured by the high stakes players as it generates a lot of action and pots are often double that of Hold’em at the equivalent stakes.
As both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha are popular with the masses they attract the better players. There are more strategy articles written about both games meaning your edge is generally lower. However, games such as Seven-card Stud, Omaha hi/lo, and Razz are traditionally played by older players.
Like all forms of poker, there are some very strong players in the lesser played games. But there are also a plethora of very weak, misinformed players who are ripe for taking cash from!
By far the weakest players are found at mixed games. This is where a series of games are played in rotation. The original format of these was HORSE which played limit games of Hold’em, Omaha hi/low, Razz, Stud and Stud hi/low. But these have been replaced by the extremely popular 8-game and now even 10-game. 8 game poker rotates between eight different poker variants: no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, 2-7 triple draw, and then the five HORSE variants.
These games are profitable because players tend to specialise in one or two of the more popular games and then play very poorly or passively during rounds that they are not overly familiar with.
To find out which poker sites have mixed games available simply check the most reputable and trustworthy bookmakers. Poker Stars offers 8-game poker with Full Tilt offering 10-game poker for those of you brave enough to try it out.