Online poker players who like a huge selection of game variants have no complaints when it comes to the offerings available at Black Chip Poker. Along with plenty of game types, there’s also a wide spread of stake levels, certainly enough to satisfy players at each of the micro, low, mid, and high stakes.
While Texas Hold’em remains the big daddy in terms of the most popular game played, Pot Limit Omaha is fast becoming a favorite of players who yearn for more action. Add to that the Hi/Lo variant that splits the pot and causes players to perhaps stay in hands longer and you have a recipe for bigger pots and greater fun. That is, of course, if you happen to be on the winning end of those big pots.
Another offering at Black Chip Poker is Seven Card Stud and the split pot version of Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo. You won’t find as many tables to choose from as Texas Hold’em and Omaha – especially during off peak hours. However, there are a number of Seven Stud loyalists who prefer the game over the more popular choices of Hold’em and Omaha.
There are three different game variants that fall under the category of Texas Hold’em.
- No Limit
- Fixed Limit
- Pot Limit
No Limit is by far the most popular of the three nowadays, but it hasn’t always been that way. Fixed Limit was the runaway favorite in most casinos prior to the advent of online poker in the late 1990s and the subsequent poker boom that followed in the mid-2000s.
Fixed Limit has taken a back seat to No Limit ever since and that includes Black Chip where you may sometimes be hard-pressed to find Fixed Limit games running at different stake levels. It’s definitely more sexy to be able to risk all of your chips or cash on one hand than to be restricted in betting a set amount or a Fixed Limit.
However, Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em is a better option for newcomers to the game who may still be learning their way. Your money will certainly last longer without being able to risk it all in one shot. Personally, I feel that Fixed Limit should be promoted and played more, especially among casual players, at least until those newbies are able to pick up some poker strategies and knowledge along the way.
Pot Limit Hold’em is rarely played anymore and it’s likely to be phased out entirely at some point. Being able to wager as much money or chips as is in the pot seems to work well in Omaha, but not so much in Texas Hold’em where No Limit is by far the game of choice at Black Chip, except for a smattering of Fixed Limit games.
The games available under the Omaha umbrella include the following:
- Omaha Hi/Lo
Just as in Texas Hold’em, both of those can be played with wagering set as No Limit, Fixed Limit or Pot Limit. Black Chip Poker hosts tables for all such options, with Pot Limit Omaha as the heavy favorite in terms of populated tables.
As mentioned previously, PLO has been gaining a lot of attention as of late. Hold’em players who crave a bit more excitement and action have found their way to the Pot Limit Omaha tables and poker in general is all the more healthier for it.
Playing with four hole cards instead of two naturally increases your opportunities to make winning hands – despite the fact that you must use only two of your four hole cards. One of the unique elements to the game is that sometimes the two hole cards that looked the best pre-flop and after the flop are not the same cards that you eventually use to make the best possible hand after the turn and river cards are dealt.
Successful play and strategy is different than Hold’em, beginning with the starting hands and their strengths and weaknesses. While pocket aces are still pocket aces, their value is not as high considering that there are more opportunities for opponents to make straights, flushes and other strong hands such as trips or a full house.
Combine the possibilities of four hole cards with the split pot game of Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and the strategies shift once again. Your best starting hands are those which afford you the possibility of scooping both the high and low portions of the pot.
At Black Chip Poker, you’ll find a lot of players at the Pot Limit Omaha tables at almost all stake levels. Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo is next in terms of popularity. While No Limit and Fixed Limit games are available under each of the Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo variants, there isn’t much by way of action for the most part.
Seven Card Stud
The game of Seven Card Stud was perhaps more in vogue years ago. It seems to have greater appeal in live action than in online poker and there are still a number of Seven Card Stud tournaments played at the WSOP every year.
At Black Chip, the pickings are rather slim at the Seven Card Stud tables. You can choose between these options:
- Seven Card Stud
- Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo
However, all of the Seven Card Stud offerings at BCP fall under the Fixed Limit game type. Unlike Texas Hold’em and Omaha, there aren’t any No Limit and Pot Limit tables.
Also unlike Hold’em and PLO, there are no community cards to be shared by all the players. Each player receives two hole cards and an up card, followed by a succession of three more up cards and a final down card, making for a total of five betting rounds after the deal of each, beginning with the initial three cards.
Of course, the strategy for success depends mightily on the strength of your hole cards, coupled with the ability to see four unique up cards of each opponent. At Black Chip, you’ll usually find at least a couple Seven Card Stud games running at medium stakes during peak hours.
Speaking of stakes, BCP offerings run the gamut from micro to high, allowing players with all bankroll sizes to join the action and feel as though they belong. The lowest stakes start at just $0.01/$0.02 and go as high as $50/$100 on the cash game tables.
There’s also a wide selection of stakes in tournament action, beginning with freerolls on up to buy-ins of $2,000 + $100 for high rollers. Incidentally, there are tons of freerolls hosted by Black Chip Poker for new players to get their feet wet while learning tournament strategy.