Why Knowing Various Poker Variants is Important
What sets Poker apart from other games is its variety. There are a lot of games, variants and formats, both old ones being revised and new ones being concocted. So why should you limit yourself to only one game?
Most players are content to just play one type of Poker variant. In fact, some who start out playing $3/6 Limit Holdem are satisfied to just play at that limit and nowhere else. There is nothing wrong with that of course. However, the fact is that the world of Poker is a large one, and you could be missing out on a lot.
The truth is that there are a lot of exciting Poker variants out there waiting to be played. It is a fact that Texas Holdem, Limit and No Limit, are the most popular games in the world today, both in cash and tournaments. But others, like 7 Card Stud and the various types of Omaha Holdem games, are also now being played widely.
Learning to play these different Poker variants offers several benefits. First it gives you the chance to play something new. If you play the same game over and over, it will get boring very quickly and you will lose interest. By trying out something new every now and then, your interest in the game you play regularly will not diminish.
Second, a lot of these games, from Omaha Holdem to Razz, are being played by people who have very knowledge about them. The reason is that they are mostly veterans of Texas Holdem. If you take the time to study these games, you will win a lot of money from those that still play these games as if they were in Holdem.
Another reason why you will want to learn and play Poker variants is due to the increasing popularity of rotation games like H.O.R.S.E. Simply put, if you do not know how to play 7 Card Stud or Razz, you will not win any rotation matches. You must be aware of how these games are played in order to have a better chance of winning.
It is often said that having a diversified approach is the key to winning games. That is true, and it certainly applies to the bigger picture as well. In this case, it means that you should also know how to play other games. This will give you the advantage regardless of what types of Poker game become popular and lucrative.
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