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Omaha High Hands Poker


High hands poker are better in situations where no low card or only one comes on the flop. However, high hands do badly when two or three low cards come on the flop.

High hands also goes better in games where the pot is not raised before the flop, as it is more possible than two or more low cards to an eight will come out on the flop. Several flops are going to be unplayable unless you really hit a big hand. Two high cards and two low cards make it difficult to hit a big high hand, unless it is a nut flush draw or probably a top set. However, top set can cause trouble because low straights and flushes are really easy to make. As a result, you want to play more high hands in games where it is not expensive to see the flop.

Keep in mind that when playing the high cards you need to get in cheap early if it is the multi-way action. If there is no multi-way action, it does not matter because high hands play well short-handed. Many players will not agree with this but in a tight game with only one or two players calling against you, double-suited high hands do much better as three low cards do not always appear. However, when they do appear, they may not make your rivals' hands. For example, the flop comes


and you hold


giving you a set. You are against a rival who holds


If an ace or a deuce appears on a later street and no other card low comes, your high hand will scoop the pot. But when you are against many rivals, someone will make a low.

One important thing to avoid in this game is playing when it appears as though other rival may be forging your hand. For example, a hand like

is actually a good hand. But not so good if two of your players are also playing high with same high cards as your own hand is fairly forged by their hands. When you flop a straight or a big wrap-around draw, they might flop high trips that may take much value away from your hand.

In short-handed pots, you may want to play the high hands - usually heads up - against players who play only the low hands. Against the players who play tight, high hands do not do better for them and are probably to have a hand like two aces with low cards. In such situation, you have a big share percentage to win the pot. Nevertheless, it is easy to get outplayed, and you will frequently throw your hand away as your rivals have hands which can go much further.

A hand which can go much further without much early improvement is a greatest advantage in split games because this hand has more chance for total improvement. Also, your rival can bet for value more frequently or bluff and knock you out early when you have the best hand at a later stage.

In a situation like heads-up, the high hand is generally the favorite over four low cards without an ace. On the contrary, four low cards will outplay the high hand as the flops may tend to get dangerous and the high hand will have to go out.

You have to call more and see how the hand develops when you are playing the high hands heads up. You will split the pot with a low hand and also sometimes you will scoop the entire pot. However, when the board really becomes dangerous and a player shows strength, you will have to go out.

Suppose you are an advanced poker player, you must be able to read your rival and have a good idea of how strong he is and to ascertain whether you have a split or a possible loser. If you know that your hand is a possible loser, you should often fold. To make such decisions well is where some actual skill comes in this game. Possessing work, you finally can acquire the appropriate skill to perfectly judge these situations and this will add up to your winning percentage.

Some hints are given below to help you in these areas.

1. Observe the game very carefully. This includes paying attention not only to those hands you play, but also all other hands.
2. You must understand what someone's check, bet, or raise mean. Does your rival bet or raise only when he has the nuts? Is he enthusiastic to make a play, especially short-handed?
3. Is there someone steaming? If someone has absorbed two "beats" and you think this has caused him, you may want to call him down with an average hand.
4. When the situation is difficult, take your time to make your decision. This might include reconstructing the hand in your mind from the starting and trying to ascertain the best play.

5. Think about some of the difficult hands away from the table. This is a helpful hint amongst all.

You will obviously not play high hands too aggressively when the flop is such that more of scare cards can come to beat you. This is a fact when you flop a set and the other two cards on board are close together. For example, you have


and the flop comes

Although you have a set of jacks, an ace or a king can give someone else a bigger set. An ace, a deuce, a five, a six, or a seven can make a low straight. Any spade can make other a flush. An ace, a deuce, five, six, seven, or eight can put the low out, and an eight, nine, ten queen, king, or ace can also give other a straight draw to beat you. You will really not know whether to continue the play or fold after the fourth street.

This kind of situation may not be avoidable. However, when you are in a multi-way poker pot and find yourself in one of these places, you should play very carefully. The scare cards will come frequently, and you take a risk of being jammed in when you do not have the best hand.

It is hard to scoop a large pot with only the high hand because the pots do not develop unless someone has the low locked up. If there is a multi-way pot and no one has a low hand made, do not expect the pot to be jammed (even though there are some hands that would be worth jamming if you knew that someone else had the current lock high and you had a draw at a low with some other draws.)

An exception is when two poker players have similar high hand with the lows grouped together. If one of the high hands also has a redraw and hits it, he can win a monster pot. However, such kinds of hands are very scarce.
Finally, the high hands do better in heads-up pots and short-handed pots. In the large multi-way pots, when three low cards are on board, or in the jammed-up pots, the high hands may either win half the pot or get scooped. However, when you see the pot developing, you can start considering on the value of your hand and make proper approach decisions. Throwing away your hands is the best way to play your high hand.

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