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Changing of the Guard

By November 15, 2012

You may have noticed a changing of the guard here in the poker section of About.com. I'm your new Guide, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I play poker, I teach poker, I love poker, and I hope to share all of that with you.

When people say poker these days, they often mean Texas Holdem. I don't. Not that there's anything wrong with Holdem. Far from it. I play a lot of Holdem and will talk about it quite a bit while a guide here. But my passion has always been for the alternate games like PLO, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Stud Eight or Better. These games are harder to find than Holdem games, but can be quite rewarding when you do find them. There's a lot less information available for these games, and the skill level of the players can often be quite poor. And instead of the 169 discrete starting hands Holdem features, and the sometimes rigid post-flop play, the alternate games can have tens of thousands of starting hand combos and play changes completely with the drop of an up-facing card in an opponent's hand.

For a little taste of how much Omaha differs from Holdem despite having the same roots, read my new article, Basic Combinatorics in Omaha. The title is the most daunting thing about the article. The concept is actually very easy to understand, but will put you ahead of 90% of the Omaha players out there.

Check out my bio page if your curious about my poker life, or stop in the forums to say hi or ask a question. I can always be reached by email at poker.guide@about.com and I will try to answer every email I receive.

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