One of the most popular variations of poker is known as Omaha Hold’em. This game is very popular among Europeans, but it is also enjoyed in the States. A great way to deal with the Texas Hold’em burnout is to give Omaha Hold’em a try. The game is almost exactly like Texas Hold’em, except for two major differences. Players are dealt four cards instead of two, and players must use two and exactly two of these cards to make the best five-card poker hand.
Since players have more cards in your arrangement, the winning hands are usually stronger than the winning hands in Texas Hold’em. With that in mind, be aware that many new Omaha players lose a lot of money by overvaluing their hands. While in Texas Hold’em an ace-king on a table of ace-nine-six-four-two is a strong hand, in Omaha the same hand loses a lot of money against two pair hands and straights.
Omaha doesn’t have as much of a psychological factor as Texas Hold’em does. That’s because the game is more manageable. If there is a three-to-a-suit on the board, there is a good chance someone will have a flush. Psychological aspects such as bluffing are of little importance in Omaha.
In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of Omaha, as the odds you are likely to have against an opponent while having a strong hand are not clear. For example, let’s say I have a queen-queen-ace-four hand and the flop is queen-eight-six. In Texas Hold’em, I have a starter pull grip on every opponent, regardless of what they are holding in their hands. In Omaha, however, let’s assume my opponent has Jack-Ten-Nine-Seven with two different backdoor flush options. I don’t have a handle on him and he also has a slight advantage over me at this point! In other words, there is a good chance he will complete his draw and so a lot of my equity is tied up with the board having a pair on it, so I can do a full house. With such a scenario, many good Omaha players wait for a safe turn card before the pot is rammed and blocked.
Most Omaha games are played with pot-limit bets. Rarely can you find an Omaha game that has no-limit bets. Since many of the strategies are now based on getting by with correct draws, no-limit bets would ruin a lot of the fun of the game. Basically, players with the best hand in the second betting round could bet everything and force those with strong draws to fold in many situations. As you can see, Omaha is a gamer’s pleasure. The boundaries are small and the impression of the game comes from the excitement and anticipation of revealing the turn and river.