They say that poker is in a golden age right now. Arguably, more people than ever are playing the game that’s managed to throw off its slightly seedy image of smoky backrooms in bars and tables of unsmiling, unfriendly opponents.
Of course, there’s still fierce competition around the table but the whole poker “brand” has softened to become much more inclusive. As a result, you’ll now find many of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious casinos going to huge lengths to welcome poker players. For example, you might associate the casino at Monte Carlo more with games like blackjack and roulette but these days it also welcomes stud poker players with up to eight tables at any one time in its incredible Salle des Etoiles. This breath-taking room is so opulent and stylish that it can easily distract from the play.
Over in the spiritual home of poker, Las Vegas, probably the most luxuriously appointed poker room can be found at the Wynn Casino. There are 28 tables in all and its location in the Wynn Encore creates a light and airy atmosphere in total contrast to the dark and dingy poker rooms of old.
It’s also Las Vegas that plays host to the biggest poker event of the year, the World Series of Poker where the world’s best compete for the first prize of $10 million in the Main Event and which also attracted over 150,000 players across 68 other tournaments in the Summer of 2019.
Ironically, one of the main reasons why poker has become so popular in land-based casinos is because of the huge success it has seen online. This has introduced a whole new generation to the game as well as encouraging many more women than ever before to try their luck.
Of the many poker sites available, a huge number of players choose to indulge their interest in poker at 888poker. One of the biggest and best known of the poker sites, it’s also one of the longest established having been originally launched in 2002. One aspect that many want to enjoy is a choice of games beyond traditional Texas Hold’em and a favorite variation on this is Omaha.
For the uninitiated, Omaha is similar to Hold’em in that players combine their own cards with so-called “community” cards to create the strongest possible hand. But whereas the former involves holding two cards and using these with five community cards to create a five-card hand, in Omaha you are dealt four cards which opens up many more possibilities and permutations. There’s also the added requirement that any hand must include two of a player’s “hold” cards along with three of the community cards. For fans of this variation it’s a real favorite, so how does the site’s offering measure up?
One of the first things to say is that the style and design of it is professional and well-thought-out so it’s easy and intuitive to use.
To welcome you into the site there is also some pretty generous bonus offers that can mean that you start to play for free. As you become a more loyal player you can also gain entry into their VIP club which includes other cash giveaways, qualification to play in satellite tournaments and a number of other benefits.
Another great feature of the Omaha offering is the sheer number of variations that are available to suit the way that you like to wager. So you’ll find that there is a great selection of PLO and fixed limit games to choose from with tables of nine players for the former and ten players for the latter.
There’s also a full range of betting limits from the micro right up to high roller which means it’s always easy to find your level. Having said this, however, you’ll always find that there’s a lot more action always available at the lower levels than at the higher. This is just another sign that however, dedicated the followers of Omaha may be, Texas Hold’em is always going to capitalize on the players’ interest and attention.
For the many players who prefer to play in a tournament format rather than a cash game, there are an increasing number of these available, again with a range of buy-ins to suit every budget. And for those who like the action fast and furious there are also a number of sit and go tournaments too which tend to have lower buy-ins. It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike other variations on the site, these are six player tables to keep the action moving along at pace.
As you’d expect from a big name like this, everything else about the site works well from depositing money to claiming your winnings. There’s also excellent player support should you ever find you need it.
So, it all adds up to a great quality site which, if there’s one criticism for its Omaha games, may not have quite as many players on it as you’d like, especially at the higher stake levels. But if you’re prepared for that and want to ring the changes from Hold’em, this could well be the site for you.