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
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.”