Posted on June 11, 2008
Game Tactics in Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo. The 3rd Part
6) Don’t play aces without suited support too aggressively.
Some players think that they should bet on the maximum each time they have two aces in preflop. If a third ace comes on the flop all fun from those proud aces goes to their opponents. With such a combination you simply enter the pot especially if you have a lot of money.
7) Believe that your opponent has the combination he’s driving at.
This statement of course has a lot of exceptions but in most cases it is fair. If you don’t stack the deck then in a common victorious game you should fold some winning combinations. There is nothing to be ashamed of in that your opponent sometimes wins the pot by bluffing. Allow your opponent sometimes to lead a smart game. A player taking police functions and trying to call each and every raise is in triple danger. He may be wrong and have worse hand so that his opponents may kick him out of the pot in further streets or draw something better.
Suppose there are JJ3 on the board and someone makes a bet. Obviously he has three jacks or better but you think that he’s trying to steal the pot. If you call him and he has three jacks you lose. If you call him and he doesn’t have three jacks you may lose anyway if he continues to bargain (are you going to keep on calling all the time?). If you think that some smart alec is simply trying to kick you out of the pot then raise him. If he really has three jacks and his side cards aren’t very impressive he can fold them.
8 ) Make bets on good drawing hands.
I consider bet raises on the basis of good drawing hand to be a better tactics then check-call or check-raise. If you make bets your opponents have no reason to think that you have a pat hand. And more importantly you’ll win more pots without a blow. If you pass (check) and all the others too there is no reason to be happy that you don’t have a pat hand. It is likely that you could have taken the whole pot by a simple bet. If the next card didn’t complete your hand, its valuability drops at once from the flop when there still were two cards to come.
Delayed bet will be then less reasonable than it would have been in preflop. And even if the turn card creates you a combination it won’t earn you as much money as the flop bet could. A drawing hand bet works better against one or two opponents than against a lot of them because the chances that the whole field will fold cards are much higher.
9) Never give up even if you consider your hand hopeless.
It is quite possible that your opponent won’t be impressed by this new card on the board either. Assume on the flop you get straight draw and flush draw, you make a bet and one of your opponents calls. If a pair is formed on the board you don’t have to pass (check) automatically. Your opponent may be drawing as well and he may have a pair or two not including the pair card. In many cases you’ll have to fire at him once more. Hardly will he call without three of a kind or full. A lot of players whose hand is supplemented by a pair on the board automatically pass (check) on their hands.
To my mind in most cases the strategy of a small bet is great because a bet in such position will add trust to your actions in case of your bluff if a pair appears on the board.
Continuation in Omaha HiLo Pot Limit Tips. Part IV.
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