I went to the Horseshoe Casino Tunica last night to play poker. I called ahead and got on the list for Omaha Hi-Low. The stakes are $4-$8 with a full-kill (meaning if a player scoops both high and low and there is $40 in the pot, the stakes for the next hand are $8/$16 and the winner has to post $8 as an extra blind). I started at the must-move table, the feeder game for the so-called main game. Casinos do this to keep the main game going.
Both games were great, but the must-move table was crazy. There was a guy on my right who either folded or raised. When he raised, another player two to my left would re-raise. There were a lot of capped pots. Would you play tight? Would you loosen up to try and win a big pot, figuring you can see a flop and go from there? I tried to always have A-2 and something good to go with it, and managed to win two fairly big pots.
The main game wasn't as crazy, but there was plenty of action. They used to have a half-kill ($6 and $12 limits after a scooped pot), but now they've upped it to a full kill. "They" means the players who asked management to do this, and were accommodated. Bigger pots = more fun, or something like that.
One cute hand. It was a kill pot and I was first to act with K-K-6-3 and I folded. The flop came K-J-J which would have given me kings full of jacks with no low hand. I'm so dumb. I watched as each street was bet by one guy and called by two others, building a huge pot. On the river, however, a different guy led out. He was called and he turned over J-J for quads -- I'm so smart.
I ended cashing out for four times my buy-in for a nice profit. I usually quit if I lose my buy-in. If I lose, therefore, I lose a minimum, but if I win, it's often a big score. I think that's the secret of handling a high-variance game like Omaha-8.
Do you play it? Do you like it or does it drive you nuts?