Playing Against Steamers
In Omaha eight-or-better, as they have various tough beats, several high-stakes card stud poker players will turn into steamers and start raising more. When steaming, some stud players will steam early in the hand. Before the flop and to the minimum extent on the flop is where they tend to raise or re-raise when they should not.
On the contrary, even though some of these players may call too much later in the hand, they will not be raising or putting more action in the pot because they think it is easy to look at the cinch hand. Therefore, you have to keep in mind that even though few players are steaming, if they bet later in the hand, they are generally going to have a good hand.
When players are steaming, their weaker low pokeh hands begin to appear better to them. This includes hands like
in multi-way pots. (Such hands should be played infrequently.)
In many other poker games, when you suspect someone steaming, you want to raise to remove him hence you can play heads up. However, in Omaha eight-or-better this always does not go well because a weak hand gets hurt when many players are playing against it.
By removing a rival, you are making his hand more nearly in value to your hand, especially if you hold a hand that can stand multi-way action. Hence, it does not pay to remove a steamer who is a good stud poker player and who would be playing mostly high against you. You are better off sometimes to not to re-raise and allow other players in. this will definitely bring down the steamer's hand, unless he have a big hand. You are getting your equity (although it may drive out with some other players). But it can be more equity for you if you have the best hand, of course. This is true when you have some quality low stud poker cards.
If you have a high hand, you would be better off trying to remove the steamer. But now you have to be cautious, as you would get into a problem when other players call behind you, which will be the case if the game tends to get loose.
Playing Against Tight, Solid stud Players
In this game, you will have to utilize all your knowledge and reading skills in order to know your rival much better. You should notice the kind of hands they play and how they play them.
Several people play only low hands and also a premium high hands with aces or four big cards suited up (and some of them ignore playing hands). Thus, when you play with your rivals who do not play many if any high hands and only one low card comes out on the flop, you can often win the pot in two ways either by bluffing them out or by having the best hand, even if it is trashy hand.
Furthermore, you need to ascertain the position. Some players are tight in the early position but they tend to loose later in the position. This concept is important in other forms of poker but in Omaha eight-or-better, it plays a very significant role.
Just saving money does not give any action to those players who play too tightly and too solidly. There would be one or two of them at the table making more money by playing only the nuts, especially against weaker players. In the later position, if these tight players reveal any strength then stop playing with them. They will not bet or raise unless they have you beat.
In the early hands, although the value of hands runs very close, tight players are inclined to go out very often. In other words, they will sometimes not take another card off when it is correct to do so. Therefore, the greatest advantage you have against such kinds of player is not to give them any action in the later position, unless you are certain that you have the best hand. Tight and solid players will have either the nuts or a hand near to the nuts.
When the pot is big and if one of these players comes out of betting or raising or he is calling on a jammed hand, he will usually have the nuts for the low and may have some type of nut draw for the high side. It does not cost anything to remain in these pots.
On the contrary, you have advantage to easily identify such kinds of players. The hint could be that he is not in many pots, he does not raise frequently and on the end, he always reveals the nuts when he goes around his hand. He might not win the entire pot and he may get quartered infrequently when he goes all the way through. But as mentioned, he will normally have a cinch. There are few times where a tight and solid player goes to the end and then throws away his hand he has missed a big draw. His intuition indicates that this was the case (he must have made faces or twist around his chair), therefore he should be able to judge him.
To make you remember, it does not pay to give these tight players any action. You should force yourself to discard your hand when you are against them, but you should not be disappointed with it. For instance, if you play on the low side when you are going low, try to find for an ace-deuce or an ace-deuce trey in their hands. You will quarter the pots with them and they often will have high hands to go along with premium low draws. Consequently, you will take the much worse of it.
You will many times get an opportunity to know where they stand. But their hands seem to be so strong that they will force you to go out.
It would be beneficial if such type of omaha poker players sits to your right because when he enters into the pot, you will have to go out except for the best hands. However, in other games you would prefer to have tight, unimaginative player on your left so that you can raise them out of the pots. Even if you do not raise, they will infrequently get in your way. However, they will intentionally get into your way in Omaha eight-or-better. Hence, it is good to have them on your right where they perform first, making you know whether they will play or not.
Suppose if three or four tight player sits in a row, you would wish to have them come across from you rather than on your immediate right. However, if they are sitting to your right and are out of many pots, you can easily play many hands with the looser players sitting to your left.
Tight and solid players may affect to trick you in and out of hands based on where the blinds hits with respect to them. You will have to analyze as to how many people are present in the game and where exactly they are positioned. But, if only one or two tight players are in the game and you have a chance to them on your immediate right, do it by changing seats anyhow.
The other advantage to have tight and solid players to your right is that they will be unable to adjust when the game becomes short-handed. Therefore, they will fail to loose many pots and you can play as many hands against the card stud poker blinds, which is a great advantage by playing with them.
When you are in the blind, tight players will be in the attacking position but as such they will steal less. As a result, you will have to defeat one of these player raises because he can have a premium hand. Additionally, you may get in some walks (which means to win the pot when no one plays) or not be raised, which enables you to play a worse hand and indeed may make you lucky.
Eventually, if the little blind calls, remember he is a tight and solid player and you have position with the big blind, you can raise and often outplay him. This is other tiny advantage of having such type of players to your right.
If tight and solid player are to your immediate left then you can only steal blinds from him. But in Omaha poker eight-or-better, unless the games becomes tight, it happens occasionally that you are on the button and nobody else comes in. (In case if the game is too tight, then you should search out for another game.)
When the game is tight, players ahead of the button will all pass naturally. Therefore, there are chances that you would benefit from the tight players sitting to your left. It is also fine to have bad players on your left in a very tight game. As the position is so crucial even if they enter the pot when you have the button, there are many other ways to win the entire pot.
Always keep in mind that if you are going to make any real money in Omaha eight-or-better, you are not going to do it by stealing blinds. You will have to play side by side and also against weaker players.
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