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Old 08-26-06, 08:38 PM
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Texas Hold'em might be the game at the centre of the online explosion in poker but Omaha is free rolling along for the ride. It's the natural game for Hold'em players to progress to and its popularity is also booming.
The main structural differences between the two forms of poker are that Omaha players are dealt more cards and need the nuts more often to win a hand. It's a true action game with larger pots.

Of course, with these contrasts in the game's basics come important strategy variations to become a winning player.

Bankroll
Strictly speaking it's not a variation in playing strategy but is nevertheless an important consideration for anyone sitting down at an Omaha table. Omaha is an action game. It attracts action players and that means bankroll swings are more frequent and volatile than in Hold'em. Many players increase their bankroll size in relation to the big blind bet size to cover this additional volatility.

Slow playing is almost always incorrect
Playing a strong hand weakly in order to make more money from later betting rounds is a dangerous game in Omaha . Remember with four cards each your opponents effectively have six hands. Give them a free card and they may make a hand that beats yours. I believe that check raising in Omaha is less effective than in Hold'em, especially limit Omaha . A powerful tactic in Hold'em it's usually a better strategy in Omaha to take advantage of any value your hand has immediately and make potential drawing hands pay.
So revealing the strength of your hand in Omaha is not as damaging as in Hold'em . The reason is Omaha is a game of nuts. It's no secret to the other players that you have the nuts or are drawing to them so get your money in the pot!

Bluffing is a smaller part of the game
In Hold'em it's often said you play your opponent as much as the cards. Bluffing is an essential skill every winning player has. In Omaha a player betting as a bluff, as opposed to raising as a bluff, is much more likely to get called as opponents have more hand possibilities to call them with. With that said genuine bluffing opportunities do occasionally present themselves in Omaha . If you are at a relatively tight table they can be the most profitable plays. If you do ever manage to pull a bluff off never show your opponents. It's hard enough to bluff successfully in Omaha . If your opponents know you're willing to try it they're even more likely to call you next time.

Seat selection is less important
In holdem a lot of emphasis is put on location location location transferred to Hold'em as position position position particularly position in relation to the button and other players. Basically in Hold'em it's important to sit to the right of aggressive players and on the right of passive players. In Omaha it's still worth considering but isn't as important because it's harder to make a move on the pot with so many people still in it with so many drawing hands. Usually in Omaha the correct play is simply the straightforward one, not a steal attempt.

Suited aces: are more powerful than unsuited aces
Of course this is true in both Omaha and Hold'em but more so in Omaha . In Hold'em off suit could win a hand with top pair. But in Omaha it won't and players want all their cards to work together if they are going to be a consistent winner. A suited ace gives the nut flush draw. It's worth pointing out too that in Hold'em an unsuited Ace with a low card is a trap hand. But when playing Omaha High Low the same combination can obviously give the nut low.
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Slow playing is almost always incorrect
Playing a strong hand weakly in order to make more money from later betting rounds is a dangerous game in Omaha . Remember with four cards each your opponents effectively have six hands. Give them a free card and they may make a hand that beats yours. I believe that check raising in Omaha is less effective than in Hold'em, especially limit Omaha . A powerful tactic in Hold'em it's usually a better strategy in Omaha to take advantage of any value your hand has immediately and make potential drawing hands pay.
So revealing the strength of your hand in Omaha is not as damaging as in Hold'em . The reason is Omaha is a game of nuts. It's no secret to the other players that you have the nuts or are drawing to them so get your money in the pot!

Bluffing is a smaller part of the game
In Hold'em it's often said you play your opponent as much as the cards. Bluffing is an essential skill every winning player has. In Omaha a player betting as a bluff, as opposed to raising as a bluff, is much more likely to get called as opponents have more hand possibilities to call them with. With that said genuine bluffing opportunities do occasionally present themselves in Omaha . If you are at a relatively tight table they can be the most profitable plays. If you do ever manage to pull a bluff off never show your opponents. It's hard enough to bluff successfully in Omaha . If your opponents know you're willing to try it they're even more likely to call you next time.


I'm a good Omaha and Omha HL player. In fact i only play Omaha HL on the tables and Holdem in tournaments.
Regarding of what you said, slow playing helps you only in cases when you have a flush or fullhouse from flop. I other cases hands can be beaten very easy.
All my big bets comes after river, and i will not chace a straight or a fullhouse if there was a big bet. Bluffing is not usual in Omaha. You just can't bluff 2-3 players with 4 cards in their hands. The only bluff you can make is after river but you must read very well your oponent cards.
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Old 11-05-06, 04:49 PM
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The difference between omaha/hold'em is there are alot more hands played in omaha. Thats pretty much it, and I would say the best players play hold'em not omaha.
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Old 11-06-06, 12:30 PM
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i prefer holdem for serious cash games and tournaments but enjoy omaha for fun. holdem gives you more control of your hand where as omaha anything can happen
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Old 11-12-06, 12:50 PM
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Omaha is a game of draws and semi bluffing, of course if you want to be a winning player in holdem you also have to gamble, but it's not the whole game. Drawing and semi bluffing is the entire omaha game. I prefer seven stud.
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Old 11-21-06, 09:37 PM
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omaha is all about the draws and hoping your set holds up against an 18 outer... hold em is a bit more skill except when 77 runs into ak..
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Yes for me Omaha is just for fun, too. I don't know how I should make money in Omaha though...
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omaha is game for luck ithink you can't always be sure that you will win
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hold em is a much better game to play but omaha is pretty fun to except for that fact that u pretty much have to have the nuts to win a hand.
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