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Pot-Limit Omaha: The Pivot Card

Its impact on post-flop hand valuations

by Jeff Hwang |  Published: Nov 27, 2009


Note: This is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s new book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play. One of the unique features of Omaha that hasn’t been discussed much in poker literature thus far is the pivot card. The pivot card is the boardcard that fills a gap in your hand to give you multiple backdoor-wrap possibilities. For example, if you hold Q-J-9-8 and the flop comes 10-3-2, you hit the pivot card, which in this case is the 10. Now, a 7, 8, 9, jack, queen, or king can come on the turn to give you either a 13-card or 17-card wrap. While the pivot card hasn’t been discussed much (probably due in part to the stigma associated with backdoor draws), it actually has a fairly material impact on post-flop hand valuations at times. One thing to be noted is that you have to have a hand ...

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