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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Did video (NL) kill the radio (limit) star?

In my mind and in my car, we can't rewind, we've gone too far.
Pictures came and broke your heart, put the blame on VTR.
-The Buggles

So yesterday on the 2+2 forums came a post. The poster was lamenting how the limit games near his home casino are drying up and all over the place, NL games have popped up.

"Am I an old fogey already for wanting to play mid-limit, just like I used to look upon the 7 card stud players a few years back?" the poster laments, wondering if the NL players will come back to limit once they bust out.

Add to that a recent essay by Mason Malmuth, who clarifies his thoughts in his books, "Poker Essays" that thought that NL would soon die off (and that limit Omaha also would go the way of the dinosaur). In that recent essay, he points out that the advent of capped NL games keeps bad players from donking away their money all at once.

Why do we fear change so much? It totally makes sense to be adaptable, to play the games that the fish want to play. If NL is not your game, you may want to gain more experience playing it. If you have a solid foundation in limit hold'em mechanics and poker theory, then it shouldn't be too much of a jump. Of course, NL is not for everyone.

It's hard to tell when the pendulum swings enough that a vast change has been made in the game. Just like the 2+2 poster, I wonder if any 7-Stud player realized what would happen when the NL hordes were on the other side of the mountains. What will the game of the future be? Omaha? Badugi? If we trust Star Trek: The Next Generation, the game of the 24th century will be 5-Stud. LOL.

But if we're adaptable, and flexible, there will always be fish to eat. It just might not be the fish you're looking for.


  • I dont think that NL killed limit in any way. If anything, NL has opened the doors for "hordes" to enter the gaming community (in which i used to play Blackjack before NL).

    And that cant be bad for the game. The good player will become proficient in any other type of game faster than fish rots.

    By Blogger Victor_Enriq, at 3:54 PM  

  • And poker cats will make sure they eat the fish well before they rot!

    By Blogger kurokitty, at 4:35 PM  

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