Pot Limit Omaha - Advanced Poker Concepts

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Pot Limit Omaha - Advanced Poker Concepts


You may already be familiar with the basics of pot limit Omaha poker. You understand the blind structure and the fact that you must use exactly two hole cards with the board. You have become skilled at reading Omaha poker hands and understanding what you have and what you need to win. If you are ready for some more advanced Omaha ideas, read on.

Importance of position in Omaha poker

In pot limit Omaha poker, much more so than in a fixed limit Omaha poker game, position can be vitally important. This is because it is nearly impossible to bluff from an early position in pot limit Omaha. There are so many possible hands out there that any player can easily have the nuts (best hand) or the nut draw after the flop, and will call any early bet you make. By the same token, it is rarely correct to slow play in pot limit Omaha because any turn card can ruin what is a nut hand on the flop due to the fact that nearly every card is in play. For this reason, a late position bluff has a very good chance of working, since anyone with a good hand would likely bet out on the flop.

Pre-flop aggression

It is rarely correct to raise before the flop in pot limit Omaha poker because not many hands are a big favorite over any other. If you have a hand such as two high pairs or double suited aces and you think you can considerably thin the field, you may want to raise. If you have a speculative hand, you are usually better off waiting for the flop and seeing what happens.
If you flop top set in pot limit Omaha, you should bet the pot, because any turn card is likely to give an opponent a winning straight or flush. If you have two pair, you actually do not have a very strong hand, as it is very easy for someone to already have a set, or make a bigger two pair, straight, flush, or full house on the turn and river. If you have middle or bottom set, bet the pot and are called, you are probably up against some kind of draw, since your opponent would not want to re-raise and risk having you move them all in and force them out of the pot. If you are raised, you are likely up against a bigger set.
Remember you should always have the nut hand, or be drawing to it, in pot limit Omaha. Even drawing to a king high flush is usually a mistake, as you will very often lose to the ace high flush, much more often than in Texas Hold em poker, where many fewer cards are in play.

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