There are a few variations of Omaha poker but the most popular version is known as Pot-Limit Omaha.
Most of us are aware of Texas Hold’em poker but Omaha is played a bit differently. Players having the ability to select two from four cards in their hand and three from four on the board to create a winning hand. That means there are many more permutations and hand combinations to choose from.
If you couple this with the increased aggression in the game – Pot-Limit Omaha can be both absorbing and heartbreaking for the online poker player.
The most common form of Pot-Limit Omaha played online is 6-max. You can find both versions played on cash tables and tournaments but it is the cash tables that have proven to be the most popular.
Pot Limit Omaha Strategy And Tips
Put simply, Pot Limit Omaha is a fantastic game to play. However, if you are new to it there are a few things to be mindful of to avoid the heartbreak. Firstly, when playing preflop in Omaha the only hand you should fear when holding a pair of kings is a pair of aces.
The likelihood of a player being dealt pocket aces in a six-max Omaha game is much lower than in a full ring game. But if you are faced with a raise and a re-raise for effective stacks of 100bb or more you are going to have to fold because your opponent will indeed have those aces more often than not.
Secondly, the game of Omaha is a frenzy of action and this can lead to over-exuberance when it comes to your starting hand selection. You know you are going to get four cards and see five more on the board and assume it is impossible not to make a hand.
Unfortunately, this way of thinking just gets you into trouble. You constantly end up at showdown either second-guessing yourself or having the second-best hand more often than not.
The Big Mistakes to Avoid with Pot-Limit Omaha
Big Pairs and Aces– Don’t get sucked in by overvaluing big pairs and Aces. Instead, try to play big pairs in unconnected hands is to look to play them for set value (Unsuited Hand Example = A-A-6-2). The key thing is to not overplay your big pairs, always examine every aspect of your hand.
Low Flushes– Don’t play anything less than a Queen high flush, because you will find that there’s little value against your opponents. The best players will only stay in a hand when they have a hand that is drawing to the nuts. The best policy is to avoid counting low flushes in your ‘outs’.
Avoid Playing Out of Position– Try to play tight, it’s essential to play your hand in position when playing Pot Limit Omaha. A player is always going to create much better chances when playing in position. Plus, opponents will quickly exploit you if you are always playing hands out of position.
Bet Consistently– A typical example of not betting consistently is going all out and betting the whole of your pot when you have a nuts hand. Then making it obvious when you are bluffing by betting a much smaller amount. Try to keep your opponents guessing your game and don’t be predictable.
Playing Short-Stacked– Let’s say that there a plenty of reasons to avoid playing Pot-Limit Omaha, short-stacked. First and foremost is that the danger that you often find yourself with an average hand but end up committed to the pot, leading to a painful loss from a more dominant hand.
On top of that, it also means that you won’t be able to bluff several streets. Plus, playing short-stacked limits your ability to protect the equity of your hand.
There is no doubt that Pot-Limit Omaha can be profitable for those who play the game well. Plus on top of that, it’s one of the games that packs the most fun too.
It’s fair to say that if you are used to playing Texas Hold’em and expect to use the same strategies you are going to feel a little lost and possibly overwhelmed.
But, when you start out, go with comfortable stakes, and keep learning your game. Pot-Limit Omaha could quickly become your new favorite game in no time.