this point, none of the players is given any cash
for themselves. They are given equal numbers of non-redeemable
chips and are dealt out fifty more hands. At the end
of the fifty hands, the player with the most chips
wins the grand prize, the player with the second highest
total wins second prize, the third highest total wins
third prize, and so on to the fourth and fifth prizes.
In October 1995, the grand prize amounted to $2 million.
In 1996, the grand prize was raised to $2.5 million,
and it is expected to increase again in future playoffs.
These prizes are very enticing. For one thing, unlike
lottery wins or even the big Quarter mania wins, they
are paid in full when they are won, rather than over
a twenty-year period. All grand prize winners are
given checks for the full amounts, minus IRS deductions!
So are all the other prize winners. With such big
prizes dangling before them, many more players will
be drawn to Let It Ride® and the popularity of
the games should increase with time. I expect more
and more casinos to feature the games, and more and
more casino tables to be devoted to it.
Master Gaming expects to have a tournament playoff
every three months. For a listing of tournament casinos,
dates of current qualifying rounds, and playoff locations.
you've just seen most of the collusion arguments crumbled,
you probably should remain a bit careful about mid-limit
Omaha. Because Omaha is a game of draws and redraws
more than of made hands, knowledge of what cards are
or aren't available is far more helpful in Omaha.
If a player holds the A? in one of his hands, he knows
that a king-high heart flush draw in another is a
Curiously, you probably don't have much to worry about
at the lower and higher Omaha limits. There isn't
enough money available at low limits and in high-limit
games (not just in Omaha) Internet poker rooms usually
have someone actively policing the game. High-limit
Omaha players are pretty good at spotting something
amiss themselves, too.