If 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.