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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: Omaha-Eight-or-Better

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Jan 09, 2013

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The transition from limit hold’em to Omaha-eight-or-better is a natural one for the most part. How the cards come out and how bets go into the pot are identical with the exception of preflop cards. In hold’em, every player gets two and may use zero, one, or both of his or her cards. In Omaha, all players get four cards, and must use two and only two of those cards to make a hand (players may use different pairs of cards to make the high and the low hand). The primary difference between the games is that Omaha-eight introduces the element of the split pot. This added complexity induces mistakes from the inexperienced player, especially if they have no split pot experience under their belt. Consequently I will discuss the theory of split pot games in this column examining how they specifically apply to Omaha-eight-or-better, and we will use this ...


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