Johnny Flores There’s no denying no-limit Texas hold’em still dominates the poker landscape, but for some players who prefer a little more action, pot-limit Omaha (PLO) is their game of choice. Taking that even further, true action junkies have developed an affinity for “Big O.”
Big O is a form of Omaha poker where instead of four cards, players receive five cards. The format is also played Hi-Lo split with half the pot being awarded to the high hand, and the other half to the low hand – providing there is a low hand that qualifies under the 8 or Better rule.
The game is said to have arisen in Southern California back in 2008, but it’s taken more than a decade to progress to its current state, which includes both live and online offerings. In fact, there are some massive Big O games currently taking place online, and it is no surprise they’ve attracted some players proficient in the game.
One such player is 38-year-old Johnny “Blaze” Flores , who has developed a reputation as one of the most experienced and accomplished Big O players in such games; in fact, one of his nicknames is “Big O Boss.” PokerNews recently spoke with Flores to not only learn a bit more about him but also about the great game that is Big O. Finding His Way to Poker
Flores was born and raised in Chicago before relocating to Wisconsin with family in his senior year of high school. The oldest of six kids – he has three brothers and two sisters – Flores was raised by his mom, Dawn, and stepfather, Bob, with strong support from his grandmother as well.
“I come from a big family and I myself have four children, two boys, and two girls,” he told PokerNews . “My oldest is 18 and my youngest is almost six.”
It was actually with family that Flores first learned to play poker often playing seven-card stud against his aunts and uncles. Flores (right) with his Uncle John (middle). “My Uncle John Yacko is the one who really influenced my interest in cards […]
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