Monday, January 17, 2011

Preparing for the WBCOOP

As you have probably noticed, I registered Roland’s Room for the World Blogger Championship of online poker (WBCOOP) at Pokerstars. This will give me tickets to 6 preliminary tournaments. The prizes in all of these are tickets to the blogger main event and various spring championship of online poker (SCOOP) tickets. I’ll need to itm in one of the SCOOP tourneys before seeing any cash.

I’ve checked with Pokerstars support, unfortunately all the preliminary tickets will be issued in my name and can’t be spread among us. However, I can promise to share the wealth (and glory) if I manage to get deep in one of the SCOOPs.

Take a look at the preliminary events for the WBCOOP:
  • Pot Limit Omaha
  • No Limit Hold’em
  • Pot Limit Omaha HI/Lo
  • No Limit Hold’em
  • 8-game Mix
  • No limit Hold’em

I’m comfortable with hold’em, but haven’t played any Omaha or 8-game Mix. I have spent a few hours reading up on Omaha and Omaha hi/lo strategies. My natural tight style seems to be ok with these games. Starting hand selection and knowing how to fold the second best hand seems to be the key. I’m going to play some micro stakes tourneys and cash tables this week to get better acquainted with the games. The little I’ve played has been fun though!

8-Game Mix is something very different. Here you play at a 6 max table and the game changes every blind level rotating between eight different games:
  • Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
  • Limit Hold’em
  • Limit Omaha hi/lo
  • Razz
  • Limit 7 card stud
  • Limit stud hi/lo
  • No limit holdem
  • Pot limit Omaha

This ought to be interesting! My strategy will probably be either autofold all hands for the rounds I’m uncomfortable with or play hyper aggressive early and hope that I get extremely lucky. Actually, I’ll probably read up on these games as well and make an honest effort.

Anyone want to join me while I try to learn something other than holdem...?

Roland GTX

1 comment:

  1. I just received confirmation from Pokerstars that Roland's Room is approved for the WBCOOP :)