Ligaz11 Review of High-Low-Split Poker For Advanced Players



High/low split games are very popular in many card rooms across the country. Some casinos also spread HORSE or HOSE style games, which consist of several different kinds of poker. In these formats, High/Low split games are quite common. Omaha High/Low is played as part of the Tournament of Champions format, and both Omaha High/Low and Stud High/Low events are spread as part of many major tournaments. Further, when these games are spread, they are often fairly soft, populated by weak players content to play for half of the pot. Therefore, every serious poker player should be at least proficient in both of these games.


As one might expect, this is really two books under a common cover. There are some very brief opening remarks and a shared glossary at the end. Other than this, each book stands on its own. Stud High/Low is discussed first, followed by Omaha High/Low. I’ve played a fair bit of Omaha High/Low, and so I consider myself to be a pretty good judge of writing about this game, but haven’t played Stud High/Low that many times, and while I think I understand basic winning play, I would not classify myself as an expert. Ray Zee, however, is widely considered to be one of the best poker players alive, and is certainly qualified to write a textbook on both games.


In the Stud High/Low section of the book, Zee starts by discussing what makes a good High/Low starting hand, followed by a chapter about playing one’s hand on progressive streets. Next, we receive information about various intricacies of the game, various kinds of Stud High/Low split games one might encounter, and other skills that are important. This section ends with a quiz on the material covered, a feature I really adore …