Thursday Poker Blog! Pot-Limit Omaha Part 3

Welcome back to Poker Thursday here at the blog.  It’s been a glorious time with my home game, as I’m ahead about 16 times the average buy-in for our game in the month of August alone!  The game seems so easy when you’re running well.  After our fantasy football draft on Saturday, we had a nice 10-person double-stacked, double-buyin game, and I took it down.  Hope the good run continues.

Today we are back with another tip from Pot Limit Omaha, which is the featured game on NBC’s Poker After Dark for a second straight week:

Slowplaying a big flop is a mistake.  Some things never change, right?  Just as we normally do not preach slowplaying in hold’em, we especially do not preach it in Omaha for several reasons:

1) Most of the time, the best hand on the flop in Omaha is extremely vulnerable.  A set can later run into a straight or flush.  A straight can run into a flush or full house.  A flush can run into a full house if the board pairs.  Flopped four of a kind is just about the only invulnerable hand.  Never slowplay a hand you can easily lose on the next street. 

2) It’s “pot limit,” so giving away free cards also forfeits an opportunity to massage the pot and give you a chance for a bigger payoff on later bets.  Also, for more vulnerable hands, increasing the pot on the flop gives you the chance to make a big bet on the turn to move your opponent(s) off of drawing hands (assuming the turn doesn’t fill up a drawing hand already). 

3) If your opponent does not have a hand worth calling you or raising you with on the flop, the chances of them making a hand worth playing hard on the turn are slim.  Consider the following example:

You hold QT66 double suited and the flop comes J98 rainbow.  You flopped the nut straight (Good fah yoo!!).  Your ideal opponent is one holding T7, J9, J8, or maybe a set of J’s, 9’s or 8’s.  This is someone that’s losing to you (for now) and will call (or raise) your bets.  The question is, what hand(s) will fold to a bet now, but make a LOSING hand to you on later streets AND call bets?  This of course is the only group of people with whom you want to slowplay.  JT if a 7 hits?  Pocket pair that turns a set?  67 if a 5 hits?  98 if they think your check on the flop means you can’t beat bottom two pair?  Not only are these scenarios less likely than those where your opponent hit the flop, their “improved” hands on the turn are not worth playing heavily on that board.  You’re better off tossing out a bet on the flop as if you have a hand like AJ, JK, JT, or maybe 98, and watch them call you down for 3 streets or better yet, raise your nut hand. 

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