re: Poker & Stud Poker Variance and strategy
Originally Posted by c9h13no3
Stud hi, the variance is going to be crazy. It might have less variance than NLHE, but its certainly got more than any other limit game. There's a reason why most stud regs grind Razz or Stud 8 rather than Stud Hi.
90+% of my serious ring play is stud hi, with very little variance, and is my constant source of building an online BR from -0-. I've only played Stud hi live since '69 and online since 2007 but it is my preferred game.
I may not be part of "most regs", but I tend to prefer stud hi over stud8 since I am never playing both ends, hi and lo. Strategies for stud and stud8 are quite different, imo.
I do agree with c9 that Stud hi is less variance than nlhe but would disagree that it has more variance than the other stud formats. Razz and Stud would be the most similar since they have the same objectives - the HI or the LO end of stud format ranges.