Long term, this isn't going to be a problem with just NLHE. All forms of poker will likely suffer from solving. If it wasn't NLHE that became popular then it would have been whatever other game was. And if it was limit game, then it would have been even more solved than NLHE is. At least NLHE has so much info that you can't really easily memorize it. There are general strategies and heuristics that you can learn. But there is still enough going on that even good players need to run simulations. And even those are baseline vacuum plays. You still need to be good at making exploits especially in live play.Total tangent here, but NLHE is a double edged sword in this regard. It’s such a simple game to learn, that competence can be achieved with very little effort. When I started playing, at a low stakes home game, I went from total novice to one of the better players at the table in about 4 sessions.
So in that regard, NLHE can be good for poker, because it really is that easy to learn the basics.
But my god, take that home game competence to a cash game online or in the casino, and you know just enough to get sheared or skinned. Because the people willing to put in the extra work, to come close to mastering this solvable game, will crush people who’s mere competence gives them misplaced confidence.
I really hate cash NLHE, because (and I’ll freely admit it) I’m merely competent. For NLHE, I’ll only play tournaments. And it’s not because tournaments are easier - they’re not. It’s because you’re playing two games at once - you’re playing NLHE and you’re playing a tournament. The extra skill set required, and the added variance, makes NLHE possibly profitable for people who haven’t dedicated the time to solving NLHE.
Of course, the more interesting solution is just to play different poker games. But casinos won’t facilitate this because they don’t need to - as long as they can keep filling those NLHE tables with 9 player and keep raking, what do they care? And your average players don’t seem to want to learn those other games, because they already know NLHE. But the industry continues to embrace it - god knows why. The recent US Poler open had 12 events, 7 of which were exclusively NLHE. The guy who won played only NLHE events.
So there we are - NLHE drives the poker economy because it’s easy to learn and possible to master with a lot of effort. Blah.
Sorry for the rant that has nothing to do with HUDs.
Bottom line though, NLHE is still massively profitable live. Is it like shooting fish in a barrel like it was in 2003-2010? Hell no. But that was never going to be sustainable anyway. Even online is still beatable if you are decent as long as you are playing on an anonymous site or away from the big heavily trafficked sites.
I want people to play more games too. Half so I can crush them, half because it's more fun. But I just like playing poker. I basically don't care what the game is as long as it's not circus nonsense. I draw the line somewhere around Drawmaha. I won't turn down NLHE. Hell, I even like LHE. But until someone finds a way to get people into stuff other than NLHE, I'll happily play NLHE.