Omaha High Raising Before The Flop – When Playing a Strong Hand
Although it is a pretty obvious move to bet/raise when you are dealt a strong hand prior to the flop, there are so important strategies to follow when doing it. The reasons for raising with a good hand is to get out all the garbage hands so they don’t beat you if the flop comes with low cards.
And to get more money in the pot for you too win it. If you are going to decide to raise with your strong hand, make sure that if it is called that you will have a good chance to win if the flop comes strong.
That is, don’t raise with high cards, if you know that if your high cards come you still might lose because of a kicker. Another suggestion that I have if you decide to raise/bet before the flop is to try not to play AA and KK so strong. These are two of the best hands, and sometimes you need to take the risk of slow playing them. This goes a long with mixing up your play, since if you always raise with them, then players will stop calling you and you will win minimal money with great hands.
Applying this to Omaha High
Now that you know the basic strategy for betting/raising before the flop, it is important to understand how those tactics apply directly to playing Omaha High. Since you receive four cards in Omaha High, you obviously have a better chance of being dealt a good starting hand.Being that this is true, you have to scale your hand strength, since your opponents also have a better chance of being dealt a good hand. Along with that, you need to limit how many times you attempt to steal the blinds, since so many players are tempted to call their starting hands in Omaha High no matter there strength. This is due to the fact that for some reason, players automatically assume that with the addition of two cards to your starting hand, that they will always hit something on the flop. This is of course not true, however, it makes players call when they shouldn’t, and thus making it harder for you to try and bluff and steal the blinds.
In this article, I concentrated on betting/raising prior to the flop in an Omaha High game. Although I focused just on Omaha High, all of these strategies can be used in Texas Holdem as well except for the last piece of information entitled, Applying this to Omaha High. With that being said, I am going to try and create a detailed article describing the application of these tactics in each of the games, that way, no matter your variation of choice, you will be well informed. Good Luck.