What should Omaha players expect in 2014?

What should Omaha players expect in 2014If you are playing Omaha poker for a living, you are probably wondering whether the game has a future or if it will share the fate of draw and stud poker. These two games kept poker alive for decades and they are now in turn kept alive by a handful of players who play both online and in brick-and-mortar venues.

The number of Omaha poker players is still rising but at a snail’s pace and there is no reason to expect a radical change in 2014. If we are to believe the author at Calvin Ayre, we would be tempted to assume that the community is slowly on the mend and that the game still has a future. Given the fact that the author debates the case with an Omaha poker professional, it is difficult to argue with him but there are a couple of reasons for why Omaha players should be overly enthusiastic.

To start with, the game of poker as a whole is no longer gaining popularity but mostly stagnating, with the ban imposed United States stopping the industry in its tracks. Texas hold ’em remains unchallenged at the top of the food chain and those who decide to give poker a chance are very likely to play this game rather than Omaha. When they open an account with any poker room, they know for a fact that most of the tables are dedicated to this game and they will never run out of competitors.

It would be excessive to say that Omaha has no players online, because they are scattered from micro limits to nosebleed stakes. If you seek action, it is fairly easy to find it over the Internet but unlike Texas hold ’em there are only a couple of tables populated by players at any hour. Poker professionals spend long hours playing PLO online and some of the biggest gains and losses are recorded at this game, yet if you go down the limits ladder, you will see fewer players willing to trade Texas hold ’em for Omaha.

2014 will probably continue the trend started more than a decade ago, with Texas hold ’em getting the lion’s share while Omaha settling for scraps. As long as poker players will be offered the option of moving to Omaha tables whenever they get bored with their game of choice, Omaha poker will have a future. Don’t expect anything spectacular to happen in the next couple of years, but there is no reason to worry that you will be deprived of the chance to play your favorite game online.

Ami Barer wins $133k off Daniel Cates at PLO tables

pokergrindThe end of 2013 played fast and furious at high-stakes poker over the Internet, with poker professionals competing until the very last day of the year. A lot of money was at the tables and nobody was willing to make any present still competition, trying to boost 2013 profits in the last couple of days. Ami Barer did exactly that at the expense of Daniel Cates and after poker session that lasted 10 hours, he won a significant amount.

The session consisted of 2 shorter meetings, five hours each and when it was all over, the Canadian had $133,000 more than what he started with. Daniel Cates fought the good fight and clawed his way back in the race twice, but unfortunately for him he never got to offset his entire losses. This is not the first time that the two poker professionals go head to head and it won’t be the last, but for the first time Ami Barer secured a lopsided victory over his opponent.

As high-stakes games go, $100/$200 tables are definitely not at the end of the spectrum but over 10 hours of play a lot of money can be won or lost. The Canadian didn’t settle for the profits made while playing against Daniel and won an additional $16,000 from Carloooo13 at slightly smaller Pot Limit Omaha tables. The highlight of the day was the game with Cates, which began early in the morning and concluded when the two of them decided to take a break and rest.

Players who go by the nicknames of deamon10, wilhasha and guinor, also won five digit amount at the tables, with Omaha at $50/$100 being the most popular ones. While they rounded up their profits in 2013, the brand-new year awaits and a lot of money is going to be won by those who crush nosebleed limits.