omaha starters

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What hands are good hands in Omaha?

Postby Riont1972 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:34 pm

I am quite new to Omaha.  :d

I am doing great at Hold em games but I cant do anything at omaha. I dont know how to start playing it well.  :c

Where can I find some info about the best hands in omaha?   :s

thanks in advance.  :h
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Postby Exas1995 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:11 pm

A two suited hand seems to work well for me.
My all time favorite would be as follows.
A :h  2 :h  A :s  3 :s
with this hand i have 1 pair 2 straights 2 flushes and 2 lows
to me this is the top.
you can figure the variations that would work almost as well
hope this helps :D
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Postby Glesing » Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:31 pm

I dont like having pocket pairs in omaha always get me into trouble
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Postby Wilisting » Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:39 pm

Are you talking about Omaha Hi or Omaha Hi/Lo? Both are great games but have vastly different starting hand requirements.

I can suggest a number of books to help improve your Omaha skills. Krieger and Tenners "Winning Omaha 8"  book is really good. I crash coursed the book the night before my first Omaha Hi/Lo tourney and finished 3rd out of over 200 just by following a section he has on the book on starting hand requirements for beginners and/or trying to seal leaks for a little more experienced player.

I also like Play Poker Like the Pros for Phil Hellmuth, he has great tables of starting hands for the Omahas and Razz..

One thing you will find with the Omaha's is that two great players may approach the game differently. I personally like to see cheap flops and then make my opponents pay to draw.. Be prepared to let go of your nut str8 if the board pairs or there is a flush out there. Preflop hand selection is crucial to becoming a solid omaha player. You want all your cards to work together and aim for a scoop if possible.
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Postby Pred1984 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 2:44 am

I'm still pretty early on the learning curve, but from what I've been reading, the general idea seems to be to look for hands where as many potentially useful combinations of two cards as possible.  This is because you must use exactly two cards from your hand.  With four cards, there are six possible combinations of two cards.  Ideally you want a hand where all six could reasonably be the combination you end up playing.
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Postby Famooselly » Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:07 pm

I'm more experienced with H/L. Of course, A A 2 3 is a huge hand because you have the low and the low straight possibility.

If I have an ace and a good low card, I'll usually try to see the flop in the event that I can complete my low.

I also like high pairs and any four cards which can be used to form the same straight. For example, 8, 10, J, Q or 4, 6, 7, 9, etc.

Two pairs of suited cards (e.g. 2 :s 3 :s J :c 6 :c) are a nice touch, but I wouldn't count on it being the winning hand unless there's more to it.

But that's just me.
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Postby Brese1994 » Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:08 pm

my favorite hands in omaha are double suited, and are connecting such as 6789.
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Postby Eappy1967 » Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:14 pm

hands can turn sour in a flash in Omaha, it's a limp in game , its always about the best draw after you make a hand on the flop

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