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There’s More to Poker Than Just Hold’em at the WSOP

  • Neil GibsonNeil Gibson
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One of the most liked and unique features of the World Series of Poker is the way it offers players options that go beyond the usual no-limit hold’em grind. Few other tournament series include non-NLHE tournaments, and none to the extent that the WSOP does. Not only does one find a wide range of poker variants at the WSOP, but at different stakes, too.

In some cases, following games like limit 2-7 triple draw lowball or Omaha hi/low at the World Series of Poker offers a first taste of such games to hold’em players, who then can try out those games themselves, especially online where many non-hold’em games are more readily found than in live casinos.

Kim Yuhl has been picking the brains of some pros this summer at the WSOP to talk to them about game-specific strategy, and along the way has picked up some great beginner tips for playing certain non-hold’em variants.

Delve into Deuce-to-Seven

Justin Bonomo finally broke through last week to win his first ever WSOP bracelet in Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em. The victory was especially sweet coming just days after having finished runner-up in a WSOP event for the third time in his career in the Event #5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship.

Bonomo spoke with Kim recently about deuce-to-seven triple draw strategy, covering such topics as

  • starting hand selection
  • the importance of position
  • knowing when to break your hand on the third draw

Check out what Bonomo has to say about these topics and more in “Justin Bonomo Discusses 2-7 Triple Draw Strategy.”

Get the Scoop on Omaha Hi-Low

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Shirley Rosario at the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low final table

Kim also spoke with Shirley Rosario last week following her fourth-place finish in the Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Championship. A long-time player and also poker writer, Rosario has been cashing in tourneys since the early 2000s including gathering many scores in non-hold’em and mixed games.

Omaha hi/low is the game Rosario considers her best, however, and she offered some great advice to new players just getting started with O/8, including

  • starting with coordinated hands
  • recognizing the importance of scooping
  • avoiding drawing to the second nuts

Click over and read Rosario’s advice on these topics and more in “Shirley Rosario Shares Beginner Omaha High-Low Strategy.”

And once you have, take what you’ve learned over to PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, or other online sites where you can always find non-hold’em games spread.

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