Game Tactics in Limit Omaha Hi Poker. The 2nd Part
For beginning see Part I.
If you don’t have two top pairs, three of a kind or a good draw after flop then you should fold! If there are a few players left you may be less fastidious to cards. In this case you may play a flush draw which won’t be top flush (i.e. lower than ace). Besides that if there is a pair on the board and you don’t have three of a kind in your hands you should fold no matter that you have any draw. The possibility of someone having full house is very high.
Bluff in Omaha doesn’t work; only half-bluff (with a good draw) may sometimes help you scare off your opponents and win the game when there are few of them left. Remember, if you have two pairs or three-of-a-kind after flop and a good draw with board cards you should be very careful. When there are still too many opponents in further dealing you may come at a disadvantage. Thereby you should try and force your opponents to pay a lot to open the next card. Check-raise in this situation is the right decision. If then this next card on the board may lead to your defeat you’d better fold at once.
When you have top full house or four of a kind you may try slow-playing hoping that one of your opponents collects straight or flush. We don’t suggest that you should do it every time because it’ll make you predictable (will allow your opponents to read you). If you play with bad players who call all bets then just raise. Some players will call all bets with flush even if there is a pair on the board; such players are easy targets for you!
In Omaha full house doesn’t always mean you have nuts. Often one full house is beaten by another higher full house. In small full house three-of-a-kind are lower than a pair on the board. In high full house three-of-a-kind are higher than the board pair. In most cases you are safe if you have top full house.
When you have nut flush or nut straight on the turn and there are no pairs on the board you have to raise in order to prevent your opponents from collecting full house. This is the best approach because even if a player gets full house at least he paid for it in full.
Sometimes the board doesn’t allow anyone to collect straight or flush; thus you may presume that your two pairs or three of a kind are the best combinations. If the next opened card makes straight or flush possible it’s better to check at first but also it depends upon the number of players at the table. You should avoid situations when someone forces you to check-raise, i.e. pay double money to stay in the game. In your turn you can also make this move. When you’ve collected straight or flush it’s better to raise at once in order not to make check-raise later. Maybe in that case your opponents will just check because of flush opportunity.
It is important in Omaha hi poker to change gaming strategy constantly so that your opponents couldn’t predict you. They’ll be afraid then that you would make them to check-raise and will avoid raising bets what will help you in opening free cards! Again we remind you – if only bad players are at the table it’s better to raise all the time. Bad players don’t pay attention to your moves anyway.