Advanced Pot Limit Strategy for Omaha Poker

After the phenomenal success of Pot Limit Omaha poker, a lot of Texas Holdem enthusiasts are turning towards Omaha games. It is imperative to adjust your strategy in accordance to the Omaha variant you play, whether it is a cash game or a tournament. Even though some skills such as positioning, reading and hand rankings are similar to Texas Hold’em, however every element of Omaha poker is distinctive.

Combining conservative hand strategy and semi-bluff would deliver maximum value to the hands. Appropriate hand selection in Omaha poker would require patience, proper reads, organisation and discipline within your play. In Omaha, you would come across an increased number of flops, which would allow you to use any two cards, as if they are a part of your hand. Here, the pots are exclusively large since there are more players here. The ‘nuts’ or the strongest possible hand is the best recipe to participate in multi-way pots. In Omaha poker, if you semi-bluff against fewer players, you would either win the pot outright or you would get an insight that the opponent is in a stronger position. Excelling pot limit Omaha requires all those power play techniques that you wouldn’t learn on the Texas Hold’em table.

Advanced strategies

The best possible way to win the pot is to play quality hands in Omaha poker. For the most part, the players would be overconfident in their cards, considering the possibility of drawing to other hands. Always remember that a low flush would not sustain for long since the opponents have four hole cards as well. The strongest possible hand in Omaha poker could be K, K, A, A along with double suited A, A, J, T. Draw hands would hold a higher value in Omaha poker, considering the possibility of a straight or a flush.

At the same time as entering more pots is a great idea when you hold high draws, you must ensure that you’re not being overconfident with low draws or low pairs. In such cases, low draw hands would hold less value than suited connectors, as was the case with Texas Hold’em. Also pay close attention to your position on the table, since if you wish to generate some information about your opponents, it would require you to be in good position. Analyse all the factors which could affect your hand play. Temper your betting if you happen to be in the early position, unless you have a premium hand since you would be competing against a large pool of players. If you have an average hand, do not remain hopeful in the pot or over bet – there would be many more hands where you can wait until the flop. A good semi-bluff strategy would require you to play strong if you have the best possible draw. For an instance, if you are drawing a high straight or an ace flush, then you might want to build the pot in several ways. Such a way, all the other players on the table would fold and increase your chances for the pot. Patience and selective aggression would certainly pay off as far as Omaha poker hands are concerned.