Top 10 Pot-Limit Omaha Strategy Tips
- Be very selective with your starting hands.
Nothing is more important than choosing the correct starting hand for a certain situation.
- Select your table carefully.
Only play in games where you have an edge. You want a few weak players at the table when you sit down.
- Play the players.
Be sure to quickly assess the opposition: who plays inferior hands, who folds at aggression, who bets with draws, who calls big bets with weak hands and draws, who can be bluffed, who bluffs, etc.
- "Pump it or dump it."
Fold or bet/raise (with good odds). Avoid calling unless you're trapping or increasing your pot odds on a big draw.
- Respect most big bets and raises.
This is particularly true in Pot-Limit Omaha since most players do not bluff.
- Don't chase the nut flush draw.
Drawing in Omaha differs from Hold'em because you don't often win by pairing your ace, or with a flush even though the board pairs.
- Don't chase a 8-way straight draw.
In Omaha, you can flop 13-way, 17-way and 20-way straight draws. Best wait until you have a draw before entering a pot.
- Don't overplay unsuited aces.
When all you hold are a pair of aces and two unsuited, unconnected rags, there's little you can flop to improve your hand.
- Bet your best drawing hands.
Enhance deception in your game by betting your strong draws, as you'll also win more pots without a fight.
- Always draw to the nuts in multi-way pots.
Draw but don't go all-in without additional value because you may end up trapped between a set and the nut flush draw. Leaving you with just a nut straight draw - which you may even end up splitting.
Should I Raise or Limp Pre-Flop?
In Pot-Limit Omaha strategy, remember no matter what you hold, your opponent's hand has a decent chance of winning. For example, being dealt an A-A-K-K double suited is 50,000-1 (against). And that hand is just a 3:2 favorite to win against 8-7-6-5 double suited. So the question arises: Should you raise when you hold a good starting hand? What about only raising when you hold aces?
The problem with this Pot Limit Omaha strategy is that you become too predictable. Because people will know exactly where you are and will not likely make mistakes against you.
How about always limping in? This is better than just raising with aces, though it's still not an optimal Pot Limit Omaha strategy. Whenever you bet, raise or call on the flop, your opponents will also have a good idea of your hand. If you never raise pre-flop, you don't make other limping players pay enough to see the flop. Also, you won't be picking up as many pots as when you play with a raising Pot Limit Omaha strategy.
By raising with a variety of hands pre-flop, you will gain multiple advantages. You become unpredictable, you pick up more pots, you make opponents pay when you have the best hand. And you get more bluffing opportunities. So clearly, a Pot Limit Omaha strategy of both raising and limping with a variety of hands is the best.
What Hands Should You Raise With in PLO?
A good pre-flop Pot-Limit Omaha strategy is to raise with any of the top 30 hands mentioned above. All of which hold at least one suit and most that don't. Though this isn't really enough and you'll need to raise with more hands.
Add any four cards in a row that are double suited with cards, six or higher, and all single and double-suited A-K-x-x with at least one x-card, ten or higher. Hands like Q-J-9-8 or J-T-9-7 double suited are also good to raise with.
- All top 30 hands with at least one suit and most of the time when off-suit.
- All suited A-K-x-x with at least one x-card, ten or higher.
- All double-suited four in a row of hands, five or higher.
- All double-suited connected hands, five or higher, with a maximum of one gap between the top two and the two low cards or between the low card and the three high cards. An example is K-Q-T-9 double suited and J-9-8-6 double suited.
- All K-K-x-x double suited.
Which Hands to Limp With
- All A-Q-x-x with at least one x-card, ten or higher, and the ace being suited.
- All four in a row combinations, four or higher.
- All A-x-x-x anything with at least two x-cards that are connected and the ace being suited.
- All four in a row combinations, five or higher, with a maximum of one gap that is not between the top and bottom three cards in the hand.
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