Everything you need to know about omaha 8 poker!
Comparing Omaha 8/b to Texas Hold'em
- Omaha gives you 4 cards while Hold'em gives you 2 cards. That key fundamental fact, drives quite a few other very important but subtle implications.
- With 4 cards, you can make 6 different 2-card hands (ie. A234 makes A2, A3, A4, 23, 24, 34). With 2 cards, you can make just one 2 card hand (ie. A7 makes A7 and that's it). So getting 4 cards instead of 2 doesn't make your hand 2x more likely to connect with a flop, it makes it 4x more powerful.
- Everyone else gets 4 cards too, so THEY are that much more likely to connect with the flop.
- So hands are MUCH more powerful in Omaha as compared to holdem. This means that in holdem, Top Pair top kicker and overpair are good hands you'll make money with, and twopair or sets are very strong. In Omaha, straights and flushes are the good hands you'll make money with, and top fullhouses and nutlow hands with a good high are very strong.
- Omaha deals out almost the entire deck. Each players gets 4 cards, at a full table that's 40 cards dealt to the players, and 5 dealt on the board. There are only 7 cards left in the deck at the end of the hand! So if all the cards are dealt out, then someone has very likely connected with the flop.
- In hold'em, most of the time, no one has anything. In Omaha Poker, most of the time someone has something.
- So if no one has anything most of the time in holdem, what skills are most important? Clearly, being able to figure out those few times someone does have something - in other words, reading your opponents. But in Omaha, if most of the time someone has something and most of the deck is out there, what skills are most important? Clearly, being able to figure out those times that your hand can become the best hand - in other words, evaluating your hand and how likely it is to be the nuts by the showdown.
- Therefore, Omaha places a premium on hand evaluation, and de-emphasizes reading your opponents. But what skills are most important for hand evaluation? Basically, it's counting your outs, and figuring your pot odds.
- In Omaha 8/b, you are also going for both high AND low. And you don't know which direction your opponent is going for. So that makes it even more difficult to read him and determine his hand.