Mastering Omaha/8 Poker

Overview

Omaha eight or better high-low split (Omaha/8 for short) is a form of poker that continues to grow in popularity-surpassing every other form of poker except Texas hold 'em. Omaha/8 has much in common with Texas hold'em, but there are significant strategic differences too. As a result, better players stand to make a significant profit in the game.

While dozens of hooks have been written about Texas hold'em during the past two decades, precious few have been written about Omaha/8....

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Overview

Omaha eight or better high-low split (Omaha/8 for short) is a form of poker that continues to grow in popularity-surpassing every other form of poker except Texas hold 'em. Omaha/8 has much in common with Texas hold'em, but there are significant strategic differences too. As a result, better players stand to make a significant profit in the game.

While dozens of hooks have been written about Texas hold'em during the past two decades, precious few have been written about Omaha/8. This book is an update to the hugely popular and successful, "Winning Omaha/8." There are new chapters covering material that has never been discussed in any of the poker literature and the previous material has been made current to keep up with the game's latest developments. "Mastering Omaha/8," which is both a reference and tutorial, is a much needed and useful tool for poker players interested in improving their Omaha/8 game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886070332
  • Publisher: ConJelCo
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 652,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 5 Poker Etiquette and Rules of the Road 34

Act In Turn 34

Keep Your Cards In Plain Sight 34

Discussing Hands In Play 35

Turn Your Hand Face Up At The Showdown 35

Table Stakes 36

Toking 36

Playing In a Casino 36

Five Good Reasons to Play Omaha in a Casino 37

Avoid Making A String-Raise 37

Raising Made Simple 37

Don't Splash the Pot 37

protect Your Hand 38

Time Our 38

Decks And Dealing 39

Shuffling And Dealing 39

How To Get In A Game 39

Buying Chips 40

What Will Your Opponents Be Like? 40

Part 2 Advanced Strategy

Chapter 6 Outs 'n' Odds 45

A Little Probability, Please 45

Flush With Success 46

Straightening Things Out 46

Getting Counterfeited 49

Drawn and Quartered 50

Looking For Two Perfect Cards 51

Basic Arithmetic For Omaha Players 51

Chapter 7 Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty 57

Chapter 8 Starting Hand Selection 60

Recommended Starting Hands 62

$ or Fold 66

Chapter 9 Playing the Flop 68

When Three Low Cards Flop 68

Flopping Flush Draws 73

Flopping A Flush 74

Flopping Straight Draws 74

Straight draws and low cards 75

Straight draws and suited cards 76

Straight draws when the flop is paired 76

Flopping Straights 76

Flopping a straight with low cards on the board 77

Flopping the nut straight with flush cards on the board 77

Flopping middle straights 78

High Hand Scoops 79

Playing Middle Cards 80

Case Expert's Advice 82

Chapter 10 Playing Aces 85

Pocket Aces: Omaha/8's Most Overrated Hand 85

Some Cases of Aces 86

Aces Up, Bankroll Down? 86

The Big-Gun Set You May Regret 87

Conclusion 87

Chapter 11 Playing the Blinds 89

Playing the Small Blind 89

Calling a Raise in the Small Blind 90

When to Raise in the Small Blind 91

Playing the Big Blind 92

Chapter 12 Playing When They Kill The Pot 95

Kill Pots 95

Order of play 96

How to Play the Kill 96

Raising with the Kill 97

When to Raise a Kill 98

Chapter 13 Raising 101

Raising Before the Flop 101

Raising to limit the field 101

Raising on the Flop 105

Raising on the Turn 106

Raising on the River 108

Raising from the Blind 110

Raising With the Nut Low Before the River 111

A Word Of Warning About Bluffing In Low-Limit Games 111

Value Bet Bluff 112

Chapter 14 Playing Pairs on the Flop 113

Some Bluffing Opportunities 114

When You Bet Into a Paired Board and You're Raised 114

When Your Opponent Raises Before the Flop and Then Bets Into a Low Board 115

Chapter 15 Different Betting Limits Make For Different Style Games 117

Low-Limit Omaha/8-$l-$2; $2-$4; $4-$8 117

Bigger Than Baby Steps-$6-$12; $9-$18; $10-$20 118

Middle-Limit Omaha/8-$10-$20; $15-$30; $20-$40 118

Big Games-$30-$60 and $40-$80 118

High-Limit Games-$50-$100 And Higher 119

Big Fish In Small Ponds-Killing Time In Smaller Games 120

Chip Management 121

Chapter 16 Runner-Runner: Dream Street or Nightmare Alley 123

Chapter 17 A Bet Saved Equals A Bet Earned 125

Bet Saved 125

Bets Earned and Saved on the Flop 129

Bets Earned and Saved on the Turn 130

Bets Earned and Saved on the River 131

Chapter 18 Playing Styles 133

The Rock 133

The Will Rogers Player 134

The Maniac 134

The Steamer 135

The Tricky Player 136

The Aggressive Player 136

The Quality Starting Hand Player (QSHP) 137

The Very Good Aggressive Player (VGAP) 137

The Evaluator 138

The Crafty Player 139

Forging Your Own Winning Style 139

Zhapter 19 Shorthanded Play 141

Hands Change Value 141

Draws and pairs 142

Timing is everything 142

The Importance of Position 142

Be Aggressive or Sit it Out 143

The Danger of Danglers 143

Five- or Six-Handed Play 143

Playing from the Back: Seats 5 and 6 143

Playing in the Middle Seats: Seats 3 and 4 146

Playing from the Blinds: Seats 1 and 2 148

Three-and Four-Handed Play 149

Heads-Up Play 150

Value Betting in Shorthanded Play 151

The Value of Experience 152

Chapter 20: High Stakes Omaha/8 153

Raising and Warp Speed 154

Full Table Omaha/8 154

How Raising Changes Starting Hand Requirements 156

Part 3 Other Poker Skills

Chapter 21 Pot-Limit Omaha/8 161

Focus 162

Playing a Starting Hand Containing Two Aces 163

Starting Hand Guidelines 164

The Joys of Multi-Way Draws 165

Avoid Draws Where You Can Only Win Half the Pot-But Might Lose It All 166

How to Play Sets in Pot-Limit Omaha/8 167

Flushed with Success 168

Flush-Draw Failures 169

Por-Limit Omaha/8 Game Texture 169

Calls and Raises 171

Situational Betting 172

Elements to Remember 174

Chapter 22: Thinking, Calculating, Evaluating 175

Some Thoughts on Position 175

There's Value in Value Betting 176

Changing Gears 177

Applying Your New Skills 178

Common Omaha/8 Errors and Traps 179

Praying for runner-runner 179

Drawing for a high hand when three low cards flop 179

Failure to value bet: 179

Draws and traps to avoid 180

Some Miscellaneous Tips 180

Chapter 23 Money Management and Record Keeping 185

What's Money Management All About? 185

Does Quitting While You're Ahead Make Any Sense at All? 185

Should You Set Stop-Loss Limits? 186

All You Need to Know About Money Management 186

Game Selection and Money Management 187

Summaty 187

Keeping Records 188

What Kind of Records Should I Keep? 188

How Does the Standard Deviation Work? 189

How to Calculate the Standard Deviation 190

Using the Standard Deviation to Analyze Your Poker Results 192

Life On the Edge: What's My Risk Tolerance? 192

How Should You Balance Your Win Rate Against the Standard Deviation? 193

Keeping Up With Record Keeping 193

Chapter 24: Playing Poker Online For Play-Money Or Real Money 194

What's Online Poker All About? 194

But It Isn't Real Poker, Is It? 195

Internet Play-Money and Micro-Limit Games 196

How Play-Money and Micro-Limit Games Help You Improve 197

The Best Internet Play-Money Sites: Internet Poker Casinos 197

Getting Started 198

Keep Notes 198

Participating in the Future of Poker on Forums 198

Virtual Poker for Real Money-Internet Cash Games 200

But is it Legal? 200

Our Advice to You 200

Chapter 25 Tournaments 202

The Early Stages 202

Tire Middle Stages 203

The Late Stages 204

The Final Table 206

Chapter 26 Play Your Best-Always 208

Playing Omaha Is Too Much Fun 208

We Call Too Much 208

We Tend to Play to the Level of Our Competition 209

Don't Play When You're Psychologically Weakened 209

Monitor Your Own Play for Weaknesses; Then Act On Them 209

Never Go On Tilt; Never Play Less Than My Best 210

Make Myself a Narrow Target 211

Model Successful Behavior and Play 211

Chapter 27 Fighting Through Emotions 213

Chapter 28 Back To Basics 216

Chapter 29 Ten Keys To Success 219

1 Be Aware of Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses 219

2 You're Responsible 219

3 Think About the Game 219

4 Have a Plan 219

5 Set Deadlines 220

6 Be Realistic 220

7 Expect Difficulties 220

8 Build On Small Accomplishments 220

9 Persist 221

10 Have Fun 221

Chapter 30 Bad Game, Good Game 223

Loose Games, Lots of Chips 224

Tight Games, Few Chips 224

Happy Players, Gambling Players 224

Angry Players 224

Maniacs 225

Calling Stations 225

Chapter 31 How Big A Bankroll Do You Need? 227

Chapter 32 Afterword 230

About the Publisher 232

About the Authors 233

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