Omaha Hi Poker - Strategies

Since the name of the game in Omaha is to assemble the killer hand, it essentially becomes a drawing game. You take the possibilities you're dealt with the hole cards, determine what you can make out of it, watch the community cards as they fall with a careful eye on what they're doing to your chances and bail if it becomes clear that things are going sour. You can burn off a lot of chips hanging around to see if things improve. The strategy guidelines for Omaha run into the dozens because of the number of cards in play and the 2 from 4 rule. It's generally advised that you stay in if your hole cards integrate well; that is, they form the beginnings of several good hands and muck them if they don't.
Expert Omaha players are often suckered in by a solid pack of hole cards or a strong string of community cards.

4 to a Flush in the hole is useless, because you only get to keep 2 of them. This is the same with the community cards. There is no point to betting on cards you can't keep so remember: 2 hole cards, 3 community cards, no exceptions, period.

Watch out for busted hands in the initial deal: 2 cards might start a Straight and the others a Flush, but there's no crossover in that you can't recombine the cards to form yet another hand, like a Straight Flush for instance. To avoid chasing rainbows, muck pairs of orphans unless they're top-nut beginnings.

Beware of second nut' hands, those where even if you got what you needed it still wouldn't be a boss hand. Many an Omaha player has gone home with empty pockets and the haunting feeling that they should've learned something from the experience. Second nut is second place; if you're lucky and you should play accordingly.

Finally, don't stay in hoping things will get better. If the flop goes against you, muck out because if those 3 cards haven't helped you the chances are that nothing else will. The smart money says keep your chips for the next hand.

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