Here we look at some advanced Omaha poker strategy to further develop your game and enhance the level of play and your Omaha poker playing skill set.
One great way for getting better at calling hands is to practice. Get yourself a deck of cards. Deal to your hand 4 cards and deal to the center 5 cards. Go ahead and figure out your best hand and figure out the nuts hand. The quicker you can do this, the better. You might even think about dealing out a couple 4 card hands to “pretend” Omaha players. The idea here is that not only can you figure out your best hand, but you can figure out those of the pretend players and also get a sense for how often a hand of a certain strength will win a hand.
The idea of dealing cards without any other players present may seem strange but I’ve found this the best way to practice and hone my playing skills while at the tables. The quicker you can value your hand then the quicker you can put your more advanced Omaha poker strategy into action for that hand. You’ll also find you loose a lot less money!
Here are some tips for quickly figuring out the best hand: Ask yourself…
Is there a pair of cards on the board? The only way that the best hand could be a full house is if there is a pair of cards on the board. If there’s not, you can quickly eliminate someone else having a full house as a possibility.
Are there 3 cards of the same suit on the board? The only way that the best hand could be a flush is if there are 3 cards of the same suit on the board. If there’s not, you can quickly eliminate someone else having a flush as a possibility. Also pay attention to which cards are on the board. If you are going for a flush but don’t have the ace in that suit, you would be very happy to see that ace hit the board (eliminating the possibility that it is in someone else’ hand)
Are there 3 cards within 5 values on the board? The only way that the best hand could be a straight is if there are 3 cards within 5 values on the board. Unlike full houses and flushes above, this is a bit harder to quickly check. Also, unlike full houses and flushes above, straights are much more common. 2 3 7 8 Q is one such possibility that does not allow for a possible straight. However, it is more likely than there WILL be a straight possibility than that there won’t be.
Are there 3 cards with different values below 8 on the board? This is what to check for to find if there is a potential low hand in Omaha Hi Lo. This is especially important to check for if you have a great high hand. If there is no possible low hand, this eliminates the chance that you could lose half the pot to them. Ideally though, in Omaha Hi Lo, you’d like to sweep the pot. This means you’d like to win the whole thing, as opposed to splitting it with another player.
Another thing to practice to become a more advanced strategy poker player is knowing your odds. This is particularly easy on the river card. If you are waiting on a certain suit to complete your flush, there is about a 1 in 4 chance that you’ll get it. If you are waiting on a card of a certain value there is about a 1 in 13 chance that you’ll get it.
Practice advanced Omaha playing strategy and you’ll become a better player, more quickly.