Poker vs Texas Holdem
by Bill Burton
This lesson is about the difference between Omaha Poker vs.
Texas Holdem at the How to Play Poker
The recent surge in the popularity of online
poker has had a
While many new players are joining the game, many
players are trying their hand at new games.
Some Texas Holdem players are branching out to play and
quite a few of them are trying the game of Omaha
Their downfall is that they think they can win at Omaha
Poker using Texas Holdem Strategy.
Omaha Poker may
like Holdem because it is played with five community cards but that is
the similarities end.
In Holdem, you can use any five-card combination to make
your best hand. You can use either one or both of your starting cards
combination of the board cards. This is not the case when playing
In Omaha Poker,
are deal four starting cards instead of two and you MUST use two cards
your hand and three cards from the board. This can cause confusion with
players who misread their hand they the inadvertently use three cards
their hand to form the best five card hand.
There are two variations of the game, Omaha High only
Omaha Hi/Lo split Poker.
The most popular form of Omaha
is Hi Low Split where there can be two winners if there is a qualifying
hand. The Player with the highest hand will split the pot with a player
the lowest hand.
The Hi/Lo split game is sometimes called Omaha Eight or
In order to have a hand qualify as low there must be
no cards higher
than 8 in your five card hand. Since in Omaha
you must use two cards from your hand, there must be three cards on the
that are eight or lower. If there is no qualifying low hand, the winner
highest hand will win.
four personal cards instead of two and some players think that this
double the starting hand combinations. In reality with four cards, you
have six possible two-card combinations. You have four cards ABCD.
The combinations are AB- CD- AC -BD –AD- BC.
With all these starting combinations, some Holdem players
think that this gives them reason to play more hands. Just the opposite
cards you are dealt, the
more selective you need to be with your starting hand requirements. It
important that all of your cards are coordinated and work together so
a chance of improving on the flop.
You have to remember that each of the other players also has
6 two-card starting combinations so in a ten-handed game, you have 6
combinations but your opponents have 54 amongst them. You
actually need to be
Starting hands need to be coordinated. This means that the
four cards should work together such as having a straight possibility
wrap around the flop.
hands that contain aces are good for the nut flush however three or
of the same suit is a garbage hand in most instances as you diminish
In Texas Holdem, big pairs are excellent
starting hands and
they can win the pot without any improvement. In Omaha
however a big pair hard ever wins the pot.
One of the biggest mistakes I see is a player
re-raising with a big pair. While pocket Rockets may be a great hand in
it will rarely hold up in Omaha
a multiway pot. In Omaha
where there is a chance for a split pot, every player with an ace and a
card will be playing which will further diminish that your pair of aces
is a game of
straights, Flushes and full houses.
Raises Don’t Work.
In Holdem you can sometimes raise from late
win the pot when every one folds. In Omaha,
you will usually have more players staying in to see the flop. This
a positional raise will not work. With each player holding four cards,
them will find some reason to see the flop.
Once the flop
comes, many players
will have some sort of drawing hand and will stay to the River to see
In Holdem, it is rare that a player will have the absolute
best hand known as The Nuts after the river but in Omaha,
it is a common occurrence. If you are not drawing to the Nuts after the
you may find yourself second best or worse.
In Holdem, 9 outs will give you a good
the winning hand. In Omaha,
you may need 16 or 20 outs to even stay in after the flop.
you will have to showdown the best hand to win.
Since more players are staying to see the flop,
the pots can
be very large in Omaha.
will be getting correct odds to justify staying in a hand. This means
will be more bad beats in Omaha.
You have to have the emotional fortitude to handle this if
you want to play the
If you want to be a winner, you must learn to
play Omaha Poker
correctly. You can’t be a winner if you use your Holdem strategy for
Texas Holdem and if you think it is, you should not attempt to play
until learning otherwise.
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