Thursday Poker Blog- Omaha Part 2

Hello all, and welcome back to our Omaha primer from the Thursday poker blog. 

A few weeks ago, we started discussing Omaha, a poker game with some similarities to Texas Hold’em.  We discussed the rules of the game and some fun reasons to take it up.  Today we will scratch the surface on some substantive tips.

One thing I did not mention last time is that the most common betting format of Omaha is “pot limit,” as opposed to “no limit” being the most common format of hold’em.  The presumed reason for this distinction is that, while things seemingly can change quickly in hold’em with the flip of the turn or river, the possibilities are exponentially wider with all players holding 4 hole cards. 

Without further ado, here are some pre-flop Omaha tips:

-Start with the End in Mind.  This is normally a huge tip for my legal practice, but it’s also applicable to Omaha.  The point here is to think about the types of hands that usually win in Omaha.  Many times, at a full table, a player holds the nut hand in Omaha, or one that cannot be beaten.  Accordingly, in an unpaired board with no flushes on board, the nut straight usually prevails.  In a board with a flush draw, someone often holds the nut flush or a high flush.  In a paired board, someone usually has a full house. 

Accordingly, my favorite hands are all double-suited, and preferably either double-connectors or double-pairs.  Of course, when you don’t flop a set, you know where you stand (in the muck!)

Don’t overvalue AA or KK.  Starting with the premise stated above, the first natural residual tip is not to overvalue AA or KK.  An overpair or top pair is often meaningless in Omaha.  Assuming you are playing pot limit, the only time to try to take this hand pre-flop is when there is a lot of action in front of you, meaning you can raise or re-raise the pot to a point where you can get everyone to fold or, at most, get the hand to heads-up.  In early position, I will often just call with a high pair in hopes of encouraging a lot of other calls and maybe a raise from behind, allowing me to re-raise a large amount.  A standard raise in early position with AA will often just draw multiple callers. 

You also don’t want to play AA or KK too aggressively unless your other cards add some value.  AA23 rainbow is not a strong hand (except in Omaha hi-lo, which we’ll discuss another time).  However, AATJ double suited is a very nice hand.  You have two nut flush draws, and whenever TJ forms a straight, it forms the nut straight. 

-Trips or quads are insta-folds 99% of the time.  Remember, you can only use 2 of your cards!  Even AAAx is dicey, as you have so little chance to improve your hand.


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