Originally Posted by zbromer
I specialize in pot limit Omaha 8 now. I think the best advice for other players is to learn other games. You have a huge competitive advantage, because most players only understand hold 'em. There are so many other great games out there, and they all require very different types of knowledge.
Sam Farha says that if hold'em is the Cadillac of Poker then pot limit Omaha is the Porsche. O/8 is a much more interesting game. Some of the hitters in the world of poker have predicted that Omaha will eclipse hold'em in popularity. I think that will happen, but only after the fad of online NL hold'em tournaments on TV slows down.
IMO, hold'em is a flawed game because so few hands are playable. I can profitably play LL hold'em (Sit n Gos mostly), but there is not enough action in it for me. Full Tilt has an interesting format for Sit n Go which is called Matrix. It involves playing 3 simultaneous SNG's with the same 9players. Matrix tournaments can only be played online, but they go a long way toward making the game interesting.
There is another level to "other games" which has not been discussed in this thread. In home games you may encounter oddball games which are never spread in any casino. The older the players, the more likely you are to encounter this. Think about Omaha played with 5 or 6 cards in your hand rather than 4. How about Omaha/Padooki? Wrap your mind around that one.
Hold'em is just a game which someone dreamed up and dealt in a home game one day. It caught on and has become hugely popular. People still play 32, Padooki, endless variations of Omaha and Stud.....the list goes on. Most of these games are consistently winnable for a good player, probably even more so than hold'em. But they are more interesting to play because you can play more hands.