Three events are on the docket for the second day of Run it Up Reno on Tuesday, October 25. Play opens with the always entertaining $235 NLH Mix-Max at noon, then at 5pm the $125 No-Limit Omaha 6-Max Green Chip Bounty event will get underway, and at 8pm tonight's $85 Triple Stud will close out the day's action.
If you've just come to poker recently not all of those terms will be familiar to you, nor will some of the other ones that pop up throughout the day. But we're here to help! Here are some definitions for the unusual terms you may come across during the reporting of today's events:
A recent innovation in tournament poker is the "mix-max," or "mixed max," tournament format, in which the table sizes vary during the course of the event. For today's Event 4, the tournament will begin 8-handed, then as the event progresses the table size will go to 6-handed, then 4-handed, and then the top eight players will play heads-up matches to end the tournament. Mix-max events are highly regarded by top tournament professionals as some of the most skill-testing and exciting events.
"Omaha 8," also called "Omaha HiLo Split" or "Omaha Eight or Better," is an Omaha Hold 'Em poker variant where the high hand and the lowest qualifying hand each win half the pot. A qualifying low hand must have five different cards that are 8 or lower, so many run-outs will not feature a low by the end of the hand. The worst "low" is 8, 7, 6, 5, 4.
A "bounty" is a feature in some poker tournaments that rewards a player for eliminating another player. In today's No-Limit Omaha 8 Knockout 6-Max Green Chip Bounty tournament Event 5, the bounty means that for every elimination you score you will be rewarded with a $25 chip. Most $25 casino chips are green, hence the name "Green Chip Bounty."
"Stud poker" denotes any poker variant in which each player receives a mix of face-down and face-up cards dealt in multiple betting rounds. The most popular Stud games these days are 7-Card Stud, Razz, and Stud-8, the rules for which can be found in the structure sheet for tonight's Triple Stud event, which features all three.
Stud games are also typically non-positional games, meaning that they do not use blinds and instead the player who bets first on each round will change from round to round depending on the "bring in" requirement. For example, in traditional Stud the player responsible for the bring-in is the player with the lowest face-up card.
"I have what is called the wheel. It has earthy undertones, a smooth draw and enough kick to give me the high and the low." --Mike McDermott, Rounders
As Mikey says, "the wheel" is a hand which can often win a player both the high and the low in HiLo Split games like Omaha 8 and Stud 8. It's defined as Ace-to-Five, giving the player the best possible low and a straight for the high. A secondary less-used definition of "the wheel" for "Deuce-to-Seven" games is the best possible low in those games: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. In any High-Low Split format game, having a "wheel" very often results in a...
When you get "the wheel," you often will "scoop," which means that you win both halves of the pot in HiLo games.
As the total number of cards in Omaha and Stud exceeds the five total for a legal poker hand, often the high and the low hands will feature different cards. For example, if your Omaha-8 hand is [As2s4d4c] and the board runs out [4h3d4s6hKc], the [As2s] combined with the board's [3d4h6h] gives you the best possible low on that board, while [ed4c] in hand combined with [4h4sKc] on board gives you four-of-a-kind Fours with a King kicker for the best possible high hand. This would almost certainly result in a "scoop," unless of course another player in the hand also has [Ax2x], in which case your opponent will be...
Quite simply, getting "quartered" in a split-pot game means you only win half of either the high or the low. Since usually only two or three players put any significant amount of money into the pot in any one hand, this means that even though you receive some amount of the pot back for a winning hand you will likely lose money overall in the exchange.
We hope this brief explanation helps your tournament viewing experience. Don't Get quartered, win bounties, and join the Somerville Stud Club with us here at Run it Up Reno!