From Holdem To Omaha: Key Points
Probably the biggest misconception about Omaha High is that it is a closely related game to Texas Holdem, so it should be played the same way. In reality, Omaha High requires a much different type of strategy and playing style when compared with Texas Holdem.
In this article I will go over why and what is different from Omaha High and texas holdem, and introduce some of the basics new players should use when playing Omaha High in general.
While this article focuses on strategies for beginners, I would recommend this reading to any level of Omaha player, as the tips here should always be kept in mind while playing.
Firstly, the basics of Omaha are similar to Texas Holdem, with one large exception. The community cards dealt and used the same way, with three cards shown for the flop, one turn card, and one river card. Turn are also dealt in the same way, with player betting before the flop, after the flop, after the turn, and finally after the river card. The main difference is the hole cards that are dealt to each player and how they are used. Four cards are given to each player Omaha instead of two, but each player can only use two at a time, and each player must use two cards from their hand. With these differences in mind, I will continue to go over some key strategies player should keep in mind when playing Omaha.
Starting hands in Omaha should be analyzed differently, as different cards can be much better. For example, in Texas Holdem pocket aces would be considered on of the best hands possible. In Omaha if you were dealt pocket aces and then two differently suited non-connectors, you would be in a tight situation.
Your draws would be for another ace, and the chances of a 3 of a kind winning in Omaha are much less when compared to Holdem. Good starting hands are ones that contain two suites (for two flush draws), with at least one high card of each suit. Suited connecters and two pairs also give lots of outs, and are considered some of the best hands in the game. Three of a kind starting hands are considered bad, as they give you a pair and you cannot use the third card as part of your hand, as well as four of a kinds.