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Omaha : Basic Approach


You must play tight in the low limit omaha eight or better games because many poker players play too bad and too loose. This creates many multiway pots, making it difficult for the good poker player to take control over a weaker hand into a winner.

The most exciting thing about Omaha eight or better is that the poor player can play for a longer time before he realizes how badly he plays. This is because poor players are often in the pot with other poor poker players and they finish up pushing their chips backward and forward. If one of them plays good for a little while, he thinks that he is an expert but ultimately as time passes he loses everything.

As it is essential to play tight, it is not all that necessary to be a consistent poker winner at this game. Omaha eight or better is not entirely cut-and-dried. You need more of understanding about this game, even if your rivals are weak.

General Concepts

When playing in the lower limits, expressed as $10-$20 game and above, there are two kinds of games. The first kind is a game in which people are playing too loosely, especially after the flop; and the second is the game where the players usually know what they are doing. In the first kind of game, where people play too loosely, the common mistake done is that many players draw to hands especially low hands that are not the nuts. If you find yourself in such game, your basic edge comes from the fact that you will not draw less than the nuts. That is, after the flop you should draw only to the nuts.

In games where people play almost correctly, you should not only play correctly on the flop but also very tightly before the flop. There are two different strategies in high low omaha poker hands. In a good game, the basic approach is to play correctly and tightly on the flop. In not so good game, you still have an edge as long as you play fewer hands before the flop than your rivals.

If you are playing low limit omaha eight or better and you are kind of tightest player both before the flop and on the flop, then you are at a vital edge. On the contrary, if the game is reasonably good, you will cost yourself a lot of profit by playing too tightly before the flop. For instance, an ace deuce in a loose game is always profitable, even if your other cards are not so good. This is because if the flop gives you a low or a draw to a low, other player with ace-trey or deuce-trey will draw to the second and third nuts.

But if the game is fairly tough, your ace-deuce loses much of its profitability as other players will not be drawing to the second and third nuts so frequently. And when the low does come; you may have to split the low half and also there will be fewer people to collect from. (Even though, an ace-deuce is generally worth playing.)

Like, the Omaha eight or better also has the same structure and also because fairly good poker players tend to find reason to play some hands, if you play tight before the flop, you will able to beat even the toughest games. (This should change as more people study this text.) But, keep in mind you will cost yourself some profit in a looser games.

There is lot more play to this game than there appears to be. For instance, if someone bets, you will raise to drive another player off a low draw when you also have a low draw. Although, it doesn't seem that you can knock out an ace-deuce draw, sometimes it does not allow the rival to draw after the flop. However, if he plays well, he will have to throw away his hand. (It goes well against only few good players.)

Even before the flop, you sometimes must make plays like re-raising to knock out players behind you so that you are last to perform. It is very advantageous to be at the last position. It is also good enough to be first to perform. Difficulties occur when you are in the middle position.

The idea is to play poker hand that can develop into two-way hands, where you can either scoop or three-quarter a rival. For example, you have

You may want to raise because you do not want someone holding a hand like

to play in a multi-way pot.
As you see that this player can make a higher straight than you can make, plus you can get quartered by tying for the low with some other player. Again, there is more to this game than just playing moderately correct.

The hands which do well are ace-deuce and ace-deuce-trey. Having a suited card with the ace is also advantageous. In a lot of spots, four high hands cards do well because if this hand wins, there possibly will not be a low.

Three big cards that contain an ace, plus a deuce or a trey, are also good hands. But if the other low card with the ace is not a deuce or a trey, you should throw the hand away.
For example,

should be preferably discarded. This hand may become playable only if the rivals are playing badly and you can see the flop for one bet, or if you are in a very last position and no one has raised.

Also, note that when two cards hit the board, all high hands go down in value. Suppose you win the high, you are now possibly to split the pot if another low card comes.

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