Your pocket cards are important

Like all poker games any hand is playable, however if you want to maximize your profits in Omaha you want to play hands with the best possibility of hitting sets, straights and flushes. As we know, the higher the card rank, the more strength it holds. With that said, it is important to play and raise hands that make the higher sets, higher straights and higher flushes. High pairs in combination with high suited connectors are considered the best starting hands pre-flop in Omaha (Ah-Ac-Q-c-K-h). Depending on the number of players in a particular hand and the number of raises before the flop should be the determiner on the pre-flop hand strength. Entering a pot with unsuited connectors and a couple high cards (Qd-Jh-5c-6s) is not considered a smart play.

Be Patient, don’t chase cards

Patience is perhaps the most important virtue for playing any type of poker game; a trait that most newbies are guilty of is entering a game with weak cards and then chasing cards to make it a good hand.

All too often players significantly overrate the value of having low pairs or low connectors in the hole. Having suited cards is a good thing, especially if one them includes the ace, but low suited cards like (5h-Jh)-4s-8c should almost always be folded. If two hearts come up on the flop you’re likely to be chasing for another heart on the turn or the river, and if the heart doesn’t come up you may have nothing except a low pair. If a heart does come up, you have a flush that can be beaten if any other player has two hearts that include the ace, king or queen. The same can be said with low connectors. Lets say you have 4s-5h-8c-Jh. The flop is 10-K-8. Any nine will make your ignorant end straight, however any player who holds Q-J will have you beat.

Your pot odds and your number of outs should determine if you should bet, call or fold

On every hand of poker its crucial that you know what the best possible hand is at that point in time. Even if you don’t its important to know what the possibilities of completing your hand is. This should be the number one determiner whether or not you should continue in play. If you do have the best possible hand then its important that you take advantage of it by betting and raising with confidence, or in some instances checking the hand through, hoping that someone with bet so you can raise it even higher! If you are on a draw, consider how much it will cost you to get the card, and if the card you need will make your hand number one.

Lets say you were on the nut flush draw, you have As-Qs-9d-3c, with the flop 6s-4s-Kc. You have a 29% of getting the card to make your hand, giving you 2.4-1 odds of hitting it by the river. As long as a bet doesn’t exceed 2.4 the amount that is in the pot, you should call. If the pot contained $288 and a player bet $120, you can justify the call (2.4-1). If the players bet exceeded this amount you should re consider calling as your implied pot odds is reduced.

Position is the name of the game

By position were referring to your spot around the table in comparison to the dealer button. If the dealer button is to your immediate left, then you’re in excellent position. On the other hand if you’re to the immediate left of the big blind, then you aren’t since if you call or raise it still has to go through everyone else at the table. you’re telling everyone you have a good hand and letting them make a decision based on that. If you’re late position you can see the general strength of everyone else at the table and then make your decision based on that.