It has been more than a year since PokerStars started offering eight-game online and the popularity of the unique poker variant appears to be improving everyday. Played 6-handed, the 8-Game poker variant features eight different poker variations like 2-7 Triple Draw, Limit Holdem, Omaha 8, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha.
PokerStars started offering cash games on their site in September 2008 and now claims five thousand players are playing at 8-Game poker tables each week including as many as two hundred poker players at stakes of $40/$80 and up. More than one hundred fifty thousand 8-Game hands are dealt on the online poker site every week and the numbers just keep increasing.
Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem won the 2,000 pounds European 8-Game championships at European Poker Tour London on October 3rd, 2009 and he believes that a lot of poker players have shifted to 8-Game from H.O.R.S.E. because of the addition of No-Limit Holdem and Pot-Limit to the mixed limit game format. He added that 8-Game has definitely got poker enthusiasts interested because of its variety and action.
Bodog poker pro David Williams made eight in the European Poker Tour 8-Game event, plays $40/$80 when the games are going online and won the PokerStars WCOOP $2,100 8-Game championship just last month. Williams said that success at 8-Game comes from correctly identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents from game to game. He added that players should begin to look for who is weak in which games and try to play more cash pots with those people in those.
Williams said that players should also try to stay away from individuals who are really good in some games. In an attempt to prepare for the World Series of Poker's $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event this summer, Hachem said that he started playing online H.O.R.S.E. in a daily basis.
Unable to participate in the event because of prior engagements, he moved over to 8-Game and is now the first ever European 8-Game champion. While he does play cash game, Hachem says he prefers participating in 8-Game tournaments where the changes are done by each level instead of every 6 hands like in cash games.
Hachem believes that he can use the same kind of strategy that works in every other poker variant and understanding that could even more players to the 8-Game format. A total of sixty players entered the 8-Game event at European Poker Tour London but 245 participated in the WCOOP event Williams won and he is hoping that the popularity of the 8-game continues to improve.