We have a poker tournament where I work every few months. Whether it’s a cash game or tournament, the game we always play is the ever-popular No-Limit Hold’em.
It’s hard to get people out of their comfort zone whether it’s a friendly game at work or at home. Luckily, Los Angeles card rooms host several non-Hold’em poker tournaments for players ready to expand their poker universe.
Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California added 7-card stud to its line up recently, including the only weekly 7-card stud tournament on the west coast.
The stud tournament features a $60 buy-in and is held every Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
You will see some great stud players from around town there.
If you want to try your hand at stud before you play in the tournament, Hollywood Park features a live-action stud game everyday hosted by poker great Mike Rocco. The game is high only.
Stud is one of the oldest card games, and in past decades was a staple in Las Vegas and on the East Coast. The late Chip Reese and Danny Robison were great stud players and moved to Las Vegas to play higher stud.
Players need to play all games to be well-rounded. And another game to add to your poker arsenal is Omaha.
Five-card Omaha, or Big O Omaha as it’s popularly called, has exploded in popularity around Los Angeles’ card rooms. It is certainly a game full of action.
Hollywood Park also started the new wave of Big O games and is the only casino with a weekly tournament featuring Big O high low.
The Big O tournament has a $60 buy-in and is played every Saturday at 3 p.m. It features some added perks of a food voucher and $2,000 guarantee. The tournament is hosted by Omaha creator Robert Turner.
For Big O cash action, there are several games of $4/$8 and $6/$12 daily. Hollywood Park also spreads PLO Omaha and $40/$80 Omaha daily.
So, if you are a Hold’em player, Hollywood Park spreads a variety of games to take you to the next level. Their specialty tournaments help you practice for the WSOP and mixed games.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: [email protected]