In Omaha, your position in the betting cycle is critical to how you play your cards. Not the best of starting hands in late position might be a good play to call a pre-flop raise. It might be worth the small investment to see which cards the flop brings.
It is very important to bet good hands aggressively. Knowing hand rankings and the odds for improving hands is vital to playing all poker games, especially Omaha. It is very important in Omaha to bet aggressively if you have a good hand, raise and re-raise is the key to keeping players with marginal hands from catching cards on the turn and river.
Something very important to remember is that you must stay within your means. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose. Most Omaha games are either pot-or no-limit games, the pots can start out small and get very large by the end of the betting rounds. Make sure you know the range of bets required to win and that the amount is within your discretionary gambling budget.
Folding is OK
Depending on the purpose of the game (social, money), most winning Omaha players will fold pre-flop 50 percent of the time. Most major tournament champion players will fold up to 75 percent of the time on starting cards. In the long term you have to think if you will have the best hand in a showdown. The main ingredient and difference from most amateurs and the pros is the pros know that the key to winning big is losing small.
Dont Get Married
As players from time to time we all forget that Omaha and other poker games are still about odds, skill and luck. If you have played long enough you know luck is last. Most amateurs depend on luck to magically turn their bad hands to good ones. Getting attached to a weak hand-otherwise known as marrying or chasing the hand and not giving up on it, even when the odds say they should. When playing Omaha especially for money you must keep emotions out of the decision process. The often heard statement “I was feeling it” will leave you feeling empty pockets more times than not, and is not relevant to the odds.
Look for the Big Hands
There are so many cards available at your disposal in Omaha that the chance for you to hold a big hand is greater for every player. So you must remember your big hands like (straight, flush or full house) could easily be beaten by quads or a straight flush.
Beware of Danglers
This is when you have a hole card that doesn’t harmonize with the rest of your hand. For instance you are dealt 9h-10h-Jd-3c, the 3c is the dangler because it doesn’t help the other cards towards a straight or a flush. A dangler tends to take up needed space in your hand and makes it more difficult to make a better hand.
Omaha can be a fun and exciting game, but knowing and avoiding the common pitfalls is the key to keeping this game fun and to keeping money in your wallet.