Big O poker starting to take off
May 17, 2016 3:08 AM
by Patricia Chavira
It is no surprise No-Limit Hold’em is the most popular game in card rooms. With its popularity on television and in home games, it is the first game that many players learn.
But after you have been playing for a while, it’s important to expand your horizons, and Omaha poker is a great way to do that. As I have written before, I played my first hand of Omaha at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
When I discovered they were spreading five-card Omaha, also known as Big O, I would make the 90-minute drive to Temecula just to play $3/$6 Big O.
Lately, however, Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles has been spreading $3/$6 Big O, so I can play much closer to home, and on Saturdays I play the Big O tournament, which draws around 30 Omaha players.
Corey Silver, HPC’s tournament director, explains the details of the tournament, “Our Big O tournament, held every Saturday at 3 p.m., is the only one in town! The buy-in is $60 for 10,000 chips with an optional $60 rebuy for 15,000 chips before the second break. Players that sign up for the Big O tournament are rewarded with a food voucher and a Double Jackpot slip for cash game play.”
Hollywood Park Casino is catering to Big O players. As Silver says, “Big O is becoming very popular in Southern California. Players really enjoy getting five cards to play with to make a high and a low hand instead of the regular four cards in traditional Omaha.”
You can usually find three $3/$6 Big O and one $6/$12 Big O games on any given night at Hollywood Park. These games are a great way for beginners to get acquainted with Omaha poker.
For those players with dreams of playing on poker’s biggest stage, Hollywood Park is also sending players to the World Series of Poker via the “Road to WSOP” promotion.
On Saturday, May 21 and May 28 at 12 p.m., the $6,000 guarantee $60 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament will send the top two finishers to the $565 Colossus event. A three-night’s hotel stay in Las Vegas from June 4 to 6 is also included in the prize package.
With the Colossus paying $1 million for first place, this will be a great chance to turn a $60 buy-in into a nice 7-figure payday.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com