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Omaha Poker versus Texas Hold 'Em

What are the attractions of Omaha Poker?

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Truly great professional poker players will often prefer big pot limit Omaha poker to Texas Hold 'Em. Let's look into why Omaha is such a compelling game. Each hand in Omaha consists of four hole cards, two of which you must utlise in combination with three of the face up cards on the board. Let's assume there are ten players at the table. In Texas Hold 'Em there are only ten possible hands that can be in play. Omaha poker, however, gives each player six possible combinations of hands, so in effect, you have sixty hands in play! With so many hand combinations available the chances of a premium hand coming up are far greater than in Hold 'Em. This reduces bluffing to a very fine art as it is highly likely that anyone who is betting aggressively probably really does have a "nut" or premium hand. Bigger pots are therefore almost ineveitable in Omaha, which is also a far more volatile game than Texas Hold 'Em, because you have a far greater chance of making a flush or a straight. Players get very attached to what they assume will be their winning hand. In this atmosphere, bets flourish, hearts are broken and the winner is usually richly rewarded.

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In most games of Hold 'Em a pair of aces will give you better than a two to one shot at winning the pot. In Omaha poker that pair of aces is going to have to improve quite a lot along the way. If the face up board cards are showing potential straights or flushes for your opponents, you're going to need that third ace to rattle their cages. Try one of the easy to follow Omaha poker online tutorial