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Basic Omaha 8 strategy

Omaha 8 or better, like many forms of non-hold'em poker, is very exploitable as many players don't have a clue about basic strategy for the game. By picking up some of the basics, you can gain a huge advantage over lots of players who are just walking in from hold'em and assume what they know from that game will work here as well.

Being a split-pot game, one of the primary goals is to scoop the entire pot, rather than just taking half of it. There's two ways to do this, either win the high hand when no low can qualify, or win both sections of the pot when a low hand can qualify. There's little point in just playing to win one half of the pot unless we are guaranteed multiway action, as we're only likely to get back what we put in, or worse if we end up tying for the half we're aiming at (commonly known as being quartered). With this in mind, we can start to think about starting hand selection.

Premium hands are those that can win both ways – the best starting hand is usually considered to be AA23 double suited, because it has multiple ways to win the high (has the top pair, has two potential flush draws, has straight possibilities), and it also has the three lowest cards in the deck, allowing it to hit the nut low unless crazy counterfeiting occurs. Note that the quality of hands in Omaha does not have a huge drop-off from first to second best hand in the same way as there's a drop in hold'em from AA to KK, it should be easy enough to see which other hands work well both ways.

Hands that are aimed for high only are usually playable as long as it is not too expensive preflop, mainly because it's easy to see whether or not your hand is playable postflop straight away, and the kind of flop that allows you to scoop will have normally hit your hand in some way. Hands such as AAJT, KKQQ, KQJT etc. are all powerful if the flop comes down with one low card maximum, and you can get away cheaply if you miss.

Hands that are only aiming for low can usually be played as well if you get in cheaply, however you have to be careful not to get quartered (split pots for the low are more common than for the high) or counterfeited. A hand such as A2J9 unsuited is OK if you can get in cheap and hit the nut low, but if a big pot develops there's a huge danger of someone else waking up with another A2 and you end up losing on the hand despite having hit exactly what you want to. You also have no backup low card if an ace or two comes on a later street. It's much better to play a hand that has at least three wheel cards to protect against counterfeiting.

The worst thing that you can do is to play middle cards which have no real potential to win high or low – cards like 9876 or TT88 may look pretty, but have very few ways to win.

Postflop play is a bit trickier – generally you want to be betting your vulnerable hands to force people to outdraw you, but if you have a hand which has a lock both ways, or a lock one way against multiple opponents who are either drawing dead or competing for the other half, you want to keep them in and extract from them. An example is if the board is something like AA53 and our hand is AAKK. If we are second to act and the first player bets, calling is best as we want to keep the third player interested in the pot. If everyone puts in $10, we figure to win $15 of that for a $5 profit – however if we raise and force the third player out, we can only chop the pot if we run into someone with a low hand and we make no profit, only taking out what we put in. On the other hand, if we're just two handed in the same situation, we want to be jamming it in the hope that villain is going for high as well and we scoop him. Similarly on the flop, we'd want to be charging people as much as possible to draw to half the pot.

 

Eeyore


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