Tips for playing – and winning – Omaha poker

by , Nov 24, 2015 | 8:40 pm

Texas Hold’Em is arguably the most popular poker variant out there today at the sports gambling websites. But while things are usually bigger in Texas, the one exception to this rule is Omaha Poker.

Much like Hold’Em, players must make their best poker hand from the cards dealt and the five community cards that are revealed in order. However, while Texas Hold’Em hands out two hole cards, Omaha Hold’Em gives players four cards to start out and must make their best hand with two of their cards and three of the common cards. 

Now that you’re familiar with the twist on the game, here are some tips and strategies to help you cash in the next time you play Omaha poker:

Best starting hands

Because players get four hole cards instead two, you’ll find more and more higher-ranked poker hands in a game of Omaha compared to standard Texas Hold’Em. It definitely makes the game more thrilling but also a bit volatile due to the fact players have six possible hands to play.

The best hand you can pull is Ace, Ace, King, King double suited, which means the Aces and Kings are from the same suit. Another strong hand that should be played aggressively is Ace, Jack suited and Ace, Ten suited, which gives you a pair of Aces but also a straight draw needing a King and Queen in the common cards. Ace, Ace, Queen, Queen suited is another strong hole hand, as is King, King, Queen, Queen double suited.

Worst starting hands

Often times, players can get ahead of themselves in Omaha thinking that because they have two more cards than standard Texas Hold’Em, they always have a shot at winning – especially after the flop, which is the first three common cards. But in order to see those cards, players must call or raise depending on the other players at the table.

Sometimes, it’s best not to get caught chasing hands – which can be expensive if cards don’t come. Some of the worst starting hole hands you can have, and ones you should fold on right away, are three Aces and a low card, which can at best only be a playable pair of Aces – and there’s only one Ace remaining – but is misleading to some newer players.

Another hand you should look to toss is when you have four cards with connectivity between each pair – such as being dealt an 8,7,3,2. There is straight possibilities between the eight and seven as well as the three and two, but going after those straights will likely cost you a lot of money to see the common cards.

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