Omaha is a game you may have seen offered online. It certainly has a strange name for a poker game. Don’t let the name intimidate you, it’s not difficult to play. In fact, it’s pretty easy to learn. It’s a game that’s popular among some of the high rollers at both casinos and online. Don’t be surprised if you see people playing Omaha online for high stakes.
Omaha is played almost exactly the same way as Texas Hold’em. The only difference is every person is dealt four cards instead of two. Each player can use any two of their hole cards along with the community cards to make a hand. Only two cards can be used to make a hand. For example if you have four diamonds in your hand, a fifth diamond on the board wouldn’t make a flush. You’d still need three diamonds on the board to make a flush. Always remember that you can only use two of your hole cards to make a hand. It’s not as confusing as it sounds after you get the hang of it.
Pot limit Omaha is by far the most popular version of the game. This means you can only bet the amount that’s currently in the pot. As you can imagine this cuts down on the ability to raise it much pre-flop. This can make it difficult to isolate players if you’ve got a big hand pre-flop. It can also limit the amount you can bet after the flop. It’s for this reason that you’ve got to adjust the amount of aggressiveness in your game when playing pot limit Omaha. Always remember that you’re limited to how much money is currently in the pot. It’s something that will determine just how aggressive you are when playing a big hand.
Pocket pairs and big hands aren’t as valuable in Omaha as they are in Texas Hold’em. You’re always going to have to keep an eye out for straights and flushes. Playing a big hand pre-flop like you would in Texas Hold’em very well could translate into a huge loss in Omaha. This is especially true if there are several players in the hand. This is the tricky part of Omaha and it’s why many beginners lose a lot of money playing it.
Omaha can be a very tricky game. Don’t think for a second that it’s going to be a cakewalk. In fact, it’s far more difficult than Texas Hold’em and it should be approached as such. You’ll be making a big mistake if you’re approach is exactly the same for both games. This will ring especially true for aggressive players. You’ll lose a lot of money fast and it won’t be fun. Give yourself plenty of time to get to know the game. Yes, it’s very similar to Texas Hold’em and you’ll be able to transfer your skills to Omaha. But, you’re going to want to be super careful and always keep an eye on the possibilities the board has to offer. Straights, flushes, and full houses are far more likely when playing Omaha. Start out playing for low stakes in cash games and small entry fee tournaments. You’re going to lose money in the beginning and it should be expected. What you will win is experience playing a new game and that’s always invaluable.