Anything But Hold Em

There\’s More to Poker Than Texas Hold Em

Sklansky on the Availability of Stud 8

Posted by pmpoker on April 4, 2006

From the 2+2 November 1997 Archive Digest:

The answer is probably because the game is so much more technical than psychological. Thus intuitive non- technicians lose quickly and have no fun. (Omaha hi-lo also puts a premium on technical skill but at least in that game it is a lot easier to get lucky playing hands you shouldn’t.) Any game that doesn’t give weak players a decent chance to win in the short run, (No Limit Holdem being another example) is usually hard to find.

Sklansky ended up wrong about no limit (bah) hold em, but perhaps only because someone invented capped buy-in games. Good poker games strike up a balance between gambling and skill. People with skill usually aren’t going to win a lot if they can’t occasionally gamble. (See weak-tight.)

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