The Game Of Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’Em in a Cardroom

Texas Hold’Em Online

Winning poker



Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’Em poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments



  In fact, any time the board would show four or five to flush or straight, you couldn’t possibly make the hand with just one pocket card. For instance, you were holding an Ace of spades, nine of spades, five of diamonds and six of spades and the board would have an eight of hearts, jack of clubs, queen of hearts, king clubs and ten of spades. All you would have would be a hand with an Ace for a high card.

  You couldn’t possibly make any of the straights because you would have to use two of your cards. By contrast in Texas Hold’em poker, anyone that had a single Ace or nine would have had a straight for this board, because you could use just one your cards. Their other card wouldn’t matter. Like Hold’em, poker playing high cards would matter most in Omaha, but unlike Hold’em poker, starting hands would be more radically altered by the flop.

  Your starting hand could be an ace of clubs, ace of diamonds, king of clubs and king of diamonds, but if the flop would come pocket, someone could easily have two little cards, such as three, seven or seven, would be drawing to the flush. Your hand couldn’t make a flush, or a straight, and would need two perfect cards to make a boat. In Hold’em poker, a flop of little cards such as this would probably improve no one and a pair of Aces or a pair of Kings would loom large. Playing high cards would still win over the long run in Omaha, but because starting hands could be so radically altered by the flop, fluctuations would be larger.

  If you were to find yourself at a table with aggressive poker players, you would have to plan on needing a lot of money to stay in the game. If possible, your starting four cards would all have to be coordinated; that is, they should have the potential for a large number of favorable flops. A hand like an ace of clubs, king of clubs, king of diamonds and queen of diamonds could  have flopped an ace-high club flush, a king-high, straight, a set of kings, kings over a smaller pair, or aces over, if an ace, queen had fallen on the flop.  In contrast, a hand such as an ace of clubs, nine of diamonds, eight of spades and five of hearts would have been less likely to hit a favorable flop.

  No flushes would be possible with these starting cards and in the unlikely event the flop would be a ten, jack and queen, your straight would probably lose to someone with an ace and king or king and ten. It may have been tempting to view Omaha as a more complicated game than Hold’em poker, but ironically, the reverse would have been true.

  Omaha would be much simpler because with so many cards out, it would become inevitable that someone would have the nuts. Strategy would be simple: you should see the flop as cheaply as possible, and after the flop,   unless you were to have the nuts or a draw to the nuts, you should fold. Wouldn’t this strategy have become obvious after a while? Yes, but deviating from it would have cost you money. People attracted to Omaha would have liked the excitement of chasing all the drawing possibilities that would have come up with four pocket cards, and even after they would have   figured out that you had always showed the nuts, they would still have chased you.

  Unlike Texas Hold’em poker, where aggression would have been necessary, it would have been difficult to play Omaha too tightly.  You shouldn’t have fallen into the trap of thinking Hold’em and Omaha were similar games they aren’t.