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Pot Limit & No Limit Poker : Play Poker

POT LIMIT POKER OMAHA

Never Call Solely To Make A Hand Which May Be A Loser” by Stewart Reuben

    This chapter expands some concepts which has already been discussed in Bob’s comprehensive work “Omaha Holdem Poker”.

    Omaha is a very peculiar game, you want everybody to pass before the flop. The rival poker player has a fair chance of beating you no matter what the quality of the rival poker player’s hand is. Thus, arises the question “Why raise before the flop?”

    Before the flop, A-A-J-10 double-suited or A-A-K-K double-suited are the best hands. I have often been asked by people about my preference. I asked him “How did it matter?” To which Frank Thompson replied that because it decides the way you play after the flop.

    Another poker player shared his experience with me and told me that he won more money through A-A-J-10 double-suited. If you ask me about my experience, I feel that I don’t have the choice. In fact, I had A-A-K-K only once; it is 50,000-1 odds. This is not more likely than a pat straight flush in five cards.

    Before the flop, the hand isn’t a 3-2 favorite against 8-7-6-5 double-suited. This is the best type of hand to outdraw your rival poker player if you “know” that the rival poker player has aces. A raise is not going to make a substantial amount fold if you are late to speak and there are already many poker players in the pot.

    Therefore, you raise with aces only to augment the pot when you can’t have the worse of it. It is dangerous if in doing so, you reveal half of your hand. Hence, variety of hands should be used for a raise. A good poker player should wait to escalate the pot size until after the flop, when he might have made a more durable hand.

    However, to remove certain poker players misconception that they would not need to face a raise, you must sometimes raise preflop. A reraise with aces is an excellent idea when somebody has raised immediately in front of you. Since, the weaker hands getting less than 2-1 for their money, they are likely to be driven out.

    In poker, you are increasing the size of the stakes whenever you raise before your hand is made. Obviously, this increases the fluctuations of your pluses and minuses. The standard deviation of your profit-loss account is a much larger number.

    Even though, the standard deviation will be higher, it should not be proportionately as large as the increase in total win. When you have a good hand, you are choosing the battlefield. When your funds are too low, this game plan cannot be considered. There is much more to be said for keeping the pot size down when you are playing on limited resources.

    Let us understand the following preflop hand against Mansour Matloubi( the 1990 Hold’em Poker World Champion) and Eddie, two very aggressive poker players. Mansour had put up the $50 blind. I made it the maximum $200 on the button. Here, Eddie called, making the pot $550, and raised the whole amount.

    To win $1100, Mansour now faced a bet of $700. He called. It was $550 to me and I raised the maximum with A♣-A♠-10♣-9♠. Since, it is impossible to construct a hand like mine for draws, it is the best defense even thought it might not be the best conceivable attacking hand. Eddie called the $2350 and raised all-in a further $1000, and Mansour called the $3350.

    Since, I was not allowed to use the under raise to take further action, I called the $1000. The pot stood at $12,400. Note: after the pot, we discussed the matter and all three of us were sure that both Eddie and me had aces. The flop was K♦-8♥-4♥. Mansour checked. Even though, this flop is of no importance to me, it is also one of the least dangerous.

    Mansour cannot be sure of having the best flush draw against me. It is not likely that he stood all this action with 8-8,4-4 or K-4 in his hand. Thus, K-K, K-Q-J-8 or 8-7-6-4 are the only real dangers. It would be better to come out betting with a fine drawing hand such as 8-7♥-6♥-5. Although odds-on versus dry aces, it’s less than a 2-1 favorite.

    So hoping for a pass, he should bet. I bet $12,000 and Mansour raised the final $2000 which I unhappily called. J♠ and 7♠ were the last cards, giving me the nut straight with 10-9. K♥-K♣-J♥-2♦ was Mansour’s actual holding. Indeed, Eddie did have the other two aces. To win a backdoor straight with no heart flush coming up was my only win.

    The chances of this happening are only about 2%. Mansour would be sad that Eddie only had the bare A♥, so that a heart flush would have given him the whole pot. Since, Eddie too had an A-10 combination, he told me that he had a queen popped up on the last card. I am still convinced that Mansour should have passed before the flop even though this is the most brutal, biggest and monstrous out-draw I have ever pulled off.

    His outlay is not justified by his probability of winning when holding kings. I still remember these monstrous out-draw which I pulled. When I lose in a similar manner, I think about a pot which was long ago won. This prevents me from going on tilt. You must be thinking which id the biggest conceivable out-draw in a reasonable poker pot. Let us try to understand the given situation in a seven-card stud poker game: Anna (A♣ A) A 5♣.

    George (? ?) 9 9. Olaf (? ?) A. The game is three-handed and Olaf passed on the first betting poker round. The remaining two poker players go all-in on fourth street. Now, George has four 9’s. Hitting 4♣ 3♣ 2♣ is the only way Anna can win. The chances of this happening are 1 in 12,340. Therefore, I call it a juicy out-draw!

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