8 Poker Game Basics

The days of crushing mid-stakes online holdem cash games and sit-and-go tournaments are long gone.
Today most players at those levels have a sound poker base, and edges are harder to find than they've ever been.
Many winning players today are playing in mixed games to raise their EV (Expected Value).
There mixed games offer an opportunity to find lots of opponents that haven't put in the time to learn even the basic game strategies.

The mixed game that is growing in popularity, and currently offers the best chance to beat, is the 8-game cash tables and tournaments.
You may still find more action for H.O.R.S.E. games, but you'll also find better players there.
8-game is limited to six players at a table because of the three draws in 2-7, and unlike the limit structure of H.O.R.S.E. there are no-limit and pot-limit games that can increase stacks dramatically.
That mix of short table and no-limit action creates an aggressive game.

8-game consists of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Texas Holdem, Limit Omaha Eight or Better (Hi / Lo), Razz Poker, Limit Seven Card Stud, Limit Stud Eight or Better (Hi / Lo), No Limit Texas Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha.

The best way to learn 8-game is by playing low stakes cash games.
Don't waste your time playing the free 8-game action, it's not the same and you will learn poor habits.
Instead, invest a small portion of your bankroll at low stakes until you're good enough to turn a profit, then you can jump to a game that's worth your time.
Most of the stud variants are easy to learn, and tons of free strategy articles on all of them live on the internet.

The big thing to keep in mind in 8-game is how players act when the no-limit holdem round begins.
The mentality of a player that is down money is that the no-limit holdem round is an opportunity to win back what they're down.
Playing the holdem round with a trapping mentality in this aggressive setting can make a session very profitable.
Suddenly opponents are taking poor risks in the effort to recover losses, and you're getting your chips in with big edges, like it was 2006 all over again.

The stud rounds should become mechanical after a time, once you learn optimum strategy for each variant.
You don't have to be great at these other variants, and you can even stay out of most of the action if you concentrate on the meta-game and take advantage when the no-limit holdem and pot-limit Omaha round are played.

Eventually the stud round become a façace around the real action, the hyper-aggressive holdem rounds.

That is all for now…
Wishing you a happy poker hunt and hope to return soon with more juicy poker info!

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