Omaha High Preflop – Betting Status
When you first look down at your four cards they can look good, and it might be the right decision to play them if everyone checks, yet the whole choice making process must change when bets have been made.
When a player makes a bet, you must determine the size of this bet compare to the regular bets that that player has been making all game. This gets into tells and reading players which will be explained in other articles.
But it is obviously a general notion that a bigger bet represents a better hand (this is not always true). If the player has been playing tight all night, and he bets a large amount then you need to realize that he most likely has a good hand. If you haven’t committed any money to the pot yet, then the wise decision in this situation is only to call the bet if your hand is a strong pair and possible straight or flush in multiple ways or two pair higher then 7.
In Omaha High, it is easy to think that if you call the bet and see the flop that your hand is destined to improve and your draws will be made. For all the beginner players out there, I recommend that you try and only play the strong draws and/or strong pairs if you are faced with a bet to call.
When to never call
It is crucial to remember that you can only play two of your four starting cards to make the best five card hand. This means that although they look good, three and four of a kinds are horrible, and if you have four cards of the same suit you should fold. The only exception to this is if you are in the blind and your opponents have checked all around since you can see a free flop. I know that this seems like an obvious strategy, but I have seen countless players raise before the flop because they thought that their three or four of a kind was one of the best hands.
Hopefully this article has help all you beginners out there to understand better the decision making that needs to be done in Omaha High. This article only talked about whether you should call or fold, but there is one more option and that is to raise/bet. Although this sounds very simple, the decision to raise/bet is very complex and there will be a whole separate article written just on it to help you understand. Good luck, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.