How to move on from Texas Hold’em to Omaha

August 4, 2016

Many online poker players are making the big move to Pot limit Omaha and if you want to follow in their steps, you need to understand the key differences between these two games. People play online poker for a myriad of reasons but with the main two being to make money and to learn and hone their skills.

Relative hand value in online poker

The biggest issue you need to comprehend when playing Omaha with any competency, is the shift in relative hand value. A great online poker player understands that a full house is more valuable and might even know the odds of making either hand but very few players can tell you how to calculate these odds and what they mean.

If you don’t have a proper understanding of probability and odds, you’re likely to approach Omaha using your collection of online poker knowledge and experience, applying and adapting what you know to the new game. However this method has its disadvantages and the biggest one is understanding the differences in relative hand value between Omaha and Texas Hold’em.

If you’ve played a lot of Hold’em, the understanding of your top-two hand value is as big as learning the basic understanding of poker. When you sit in an Omaha game and flop the same thing, chances are you’re going to feel almost the same about it.

If you want to succeed at Pot Limit Omaha, you need to stop assuming that you can use your Hold’em experience and strategy and then you’ll do find.

Just take the time to think though each hand as if you’ve never played online poker before and evaluate each situation as best as you can.

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