OTHER GAMES

Introduction

So far, we have been discussing the two most common forms of poker namely, seven-card stud  and Texas hold’em.

But many other types of poker have been played in the cardrooms of

Nevada and California, as well as in other places where poker has been legal.

In this segment, we will be probing five of these other poker games:

Omaha hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, seven-card stud eight-or-better, razz and lowball draw.

Most, though not all, of these games have in fact been variants of the two games already dealt with,so much of the matter previously presented would be applicable.Even so, each form of poker will be distinctive, and strategy tips requirements would vary from game to game.

Omaha Hold’em

The rules for Omaha hold’em will be alike those for standard Texas hold’em, with two exclusions.

First, you will be dealt four cards instead of two cards, and second, you would have to use two cards from your hand and three cards from the board to form a five-card poker hand.

Until you were to become familiar with Omaha, the second rule variant could be taxing, so you
would have to be careful when appraising your hand.For instance, if four hearts were to appear on the board but you were to have only one heart in your hand, you would not have a flush.Because Omaha has been a game that has produced many different combinations of cards, it would be common for someone to be holding the nuts.

There has also been more short-term luck in Omaha than in standard Texas hold’em.However, the best players would still be getting the chips in the long run.

Tip No. 1: In general, you would have to play only those hands in which
all four cards would be coordinated.

Since Omaha has yielded several card combinations, the best hands would be those where all four cards would be working together.This harmonious relationship would give you more prospects to flop a strong hand, plus sometimes would allow you to outdraw a rival when he would happen to flop the same hand that would flop.Hands you would have to play would comprise of the following:

  • Two pair, as long as both pair would be eights or higher.
  • Four cards to a straight with no more than two gaps, such as

 

  • Ace-king double suited to two small cards, like

Tip No. 2: In late position, you could play some weaker hands in an unraised pot.

Being one of the last play poker card games players to act would have given you a major advantage, so if the pot hadn’t been raised, you could have played some weaker hands. In fact, in many of these situations, you would have required that only three of your cards be well-coordinated.

Tip No. 3: To continue playing on the flop, you would need either the nuts
or a draw at the nuts.

Anyone who has played Omaha for even a short period of time quickly has learned that the best possible hand would often be out.Therefore, when the flop had come, you would have wanted the nuts or a draw at the nuts.

Drawing to a hand that easily could have been beat such as a queen-high flush would have
placed you in peril and could have turned out to be very expensive.

Tip No. 4: If you had flopped the best hand but had nothing else to go with
it, you would have had to exercise caution.

In most Omaha poker games, many poker players have taken part in each pot.This has meant that when you flopped the best possible hand, there had been a good chance that a rival also had made the nuts.

So, if you poker hand had no other potential, the best you could have looked forward to for in this case was to share the pot. More likely, however, the worst would have happened; someone would have made a better handand won the pot. Here’s an example. Suppose the flop had been

and you had been holding queen-jack. At the time, you would have had the best poker hand.But any heart could have given someone a flush, and if the board had paired, someone could have made a full house or even four of a kind. Furthermore, had a jack or queen fallen, a rival could have made a poker straight higher than your straight.You should have therefore continued with caution if you had flopped the nuts but your hand had no other possibilities.

Tip No. 5: If you had flopped the nuts and had redraws, you should have been willing to gamble.

Suppose with the flop just given that you had held a pair of nines to go along with the queen-jack. Then your hand would have been considerably better, for if the board had paired, you still could have won with a full house. You therefore would have been more prone to gamble it up.

Tip No. 6: Bottom set in a multiway pot could have been very expensive.

Although three of a kind would frequently have been a good poker hand, if your trips had signified the smallest card on the flop, you often would have been looking at a hand that could have been quite costly mainly if many play poker players would have taken the flop.

Not only would there have been a good chance that a bigger set had been out, but also any overcard that would have come on a later street might have beat you.