on 21 June 2011
Books on Omaha 8 are few and far between, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately a bit of a disappointment overall. Some comments:
- doesn't assume any prior knowledge of O8 so a reasonable introduction to the game
- sets out a fundamentally sound strategy for full ring, drawing on Gregorich in Super System 2 and Ray Zee
- includes a good chapter on the basics of short handed play
- very wordy. Takes 60 pages to get beyond the absolute basics where a few pages would have done the trick
- endlessly repetitive - see for example the consistently repeated advice re the need to be cautious with aces
- a lack of concrete examples to support the theory. Many of the examples which are in the book have been lifted directly from Super System or Zee
- nothing new in here which you can't get elsewhere
Finally, as a matter of curiosity, I'm really intrigued as to when this was written. It states 2011, but the chapter on online play talks about the internet as though it's a new fangled invention. I suspect therefore that this book is a rehash of old material.
Overall: Not recommended.