Published on November 27th, 2005 1:00 am EST

This is the first in a series of articles on Pot Limit Omaha, which in my opinion is by far the most profitable game to play online. Most people don't understand the mathematics of the game, and some don't even understand really how to play the game, and how winning hands are formed.

Omaha differs from Texas Hold'em in that all players are dealt 4 cards instead of two. Also, two cards from your four are required to make a hand; not just one. So for instance, if you have the ace of diamonds, and there are four diamonds on the board and you don't have any other diamonds, then you do not have a flush, where in Hold'em you would have the nut flush. Big difference.

First tip of Pot Limit Omaha? See plenty of flops. Phil Ivey won the Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker this year, and he saw almost every flop. The key with Omaha is being able to toss hands that don't hit after the flop. With Pot Limit Omaha, huge pots are built up after the flop, and seeing as many flops as possible for a reasonable price is the key to beating the game. Another key is realizing that strong hands in Hold'em are not strong hands in Omaha. Let's say you are holding A K diamonds 7 8 clubs and the flop comes:

K 10 9, with two diamonds.

This is a huge flop in Omaha. You have top pair top kicker, a straight draw and a nut flush draw. Now, let's look at a hand that you may think is strong, but should warrant extreme caution in Omaha.

You hold:

A A 9 10 rainbow

The flop comes 7 9 10. Ok, you have top two pair, plus a couple of aces for good measure. Newcomers to Omaha have a tendency to WAY overplay high pairs such as Kings and Aces. If there is a bunch of raises and re-raises after the flop, you can rest assured that 9 times out of 10 in this situation you don't have the best of it. You need to aggressively play situations where you have the nuts, and really be careful in situations where you think you have a strong hand, but there are plenty of things that could beat you. You'll get paid off when you have the nuts, trust me; huge pots build up in omaha like I said. See plenty of flops, but fold if you don't hit or have a strong drawing hand after the flop.


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