Now that you know the difference between Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker as well as the basics to get start playing Omaha Poker, we’re going to teach you how to select great hands pre-flop and how to play those hands post-flop.
While a great hand selection doesn’t actually give you a good advantage as it would in Texas Hold’em, picking the right hands can definitely gain you more money. When you play with solid starting hands, you will also notice that your opponents will often lost with small flush by your nut flushes or nut straights. Here are examples of strong starting hands in Omaha poker:
Double Suited – All hands increase in value when they’re double suited which will in turn give you a better chance to pick up a flush draw on the flop
High Connectivity – Hands that are connected, for example, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.
Two Pocket Pairs – two pairs such as two Aces and two Kings increase the odds of you flopping a set and making a full house.
A combination of these hands - A hand with a pair, connecting cards and double suited can be a great starting hand as well. Think of a hand such as two Queens combined with a Jack and Ten.
Basic Post-flop Strategy
When you play Omaha Poker you will find out that more players are bound to flop in Omaha Poker than in Texas Hold’em and thus, the pots are usually a lot bigger. The combination of big pots and a big number of players means that bluffing is quite a horrible move. If you raised pre-flop and you’re up against a player or two, you should consider following up with a 2/3 pot continuation bet. Don't be afraid of giving your hand up either, if you go to a flop with a lot of players and you don't hit or cannot draw to much, it is likely at least one other person can.