Intermediate Strategy



 

Once you can recognize the strong hands that you should be playing preflop in Omaha Holdem 8/b you are ready to advance further into the game by considering your betting strategy and post flop game.

When it comes to raising the stakes you are best off taking things easy especially preflop. Due to the possibilities of the four pocket cards most players are likely to at least go to the flop so there is no point in raising before then.

Even after the flop you are advised to hold onto your chips unless you can see you are holding the nut hand. With so many players at the table there is a greater chance that some of them will keep chasing a winning hand all the way to the river and unless your hand is protected you could still lose out.

Playing low hands is always risky and you if you do you try to make sure that you are protected against counterfeiting. Counterfeiting is the term used for a turn or river card that creates new lower nut hand. For example if you draw A,2,9,J and the flop is 6,7,8 then you are now holding the nut low hand of A-2-6-7-8. However, if the turn is a 2 there is now a new nut low of A-2-3-6-7. Although your hand didn’t change, it is now worth less than before because it can be beaten. A counterfeit-proof hand is a hand that is the lowest possible nut after flop regardless of what comes on the turn or river.

Therefore, consider not only how close your low hand is to the current board low nut, but also to the absolute lowest nut possible after the turn and river.

When considering your pocket hand your cards should work together. This is an important concept in Omaha Holdem 8/b. Working together means that the cards can be paired off in different ways to create a large number of possible hands. However, regardless of the possibilities if you can’t see a nut or close to nut hand after the flop then fold.

Take care on playing any sets of three cards or two pairs after the flop. Although you might be heading for three of a kind you must consider whether or not the board cards have given an opponent a straight.

Pay attention to how your opponents bet in depending on their position around the table. You position from the dealer is important because the further you are the more opportunity you have to see how your opponents are betting. In particular after the flop if they raised it could be a clue that they don’t have anything to work with and hoping to get lucky on the turn or river. If you are holding a good hand then play it strong and make the most of it.

Finally, either you have a near nut hand at the river or you don’t. If you do, play it for all that it is worth, if you don’t let it go and try and make your win on the next hand.