Wednesday's Omaha Lesson
Omaha is a variant of texas hold 'em in which players are dealt a total of 4 cards to start and MUST use 3 from the board and 2 from their hand. The #1 cause for confusion and error in the game is that people misread or misplay their hand and/or the board. Beginning players should be constantly reminding themselves 2 from the hand 3, from the board. I will outline the more confusing hands and boards.
The not so nut flush
hand AS AH 3C 4D
BOARD KS QS 9S 7S 5D
although you have the ace of spades, without another spade to back-up your ace you do not have a flush, remember you must have 2 suited cards to make a flush
I thought i had the straight?
HAND AD JH TC 9C
BOARD KS QH 8H 7S 5D
although you have 8 running cards, you can only use 2 which cannot make a straight
ive seen this before a couple of times
AS TH 5D 3S
AD 9H 8D 6C
KC KH KD KS 7H
although it may appear that both players have quads due to the board, you MUST use two cards and therefore three kings with an ace ten high wins over three kings with a ace nine high.
the two pair mess
two pair on board is probably the most confusing board in the game.
AH 9H 9D 8S
AS AD QD QC 7C
because of the pair in your hand, its tempting to think that you have a full house but in reality you only have a set of aces with a queen nine. the only hands that make a boat with this board are AQ A7 Q7 and 77. AA and QQ make quads.
high trips on board
This seems like a scary board but in reality is one of the easier boards to read
AS KH KD KC 2D
many will play any ace and think they have a full house. Only a king, or pair in your hand will improve this board.
the full house board
the easiest of boards to read, barely any hand improves it
QH QD QC JH JC
only a queen or pair will make a hand otherwise high cards are played.
While omaha can be a very confusing game, like anything you do practice and experience can alleviate that confusion. Remember to keep telling yourself use 2 cards from your hand and 3 from the board!