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Aggressive Omaha Poker vs Tight Omaha Poker

Finding the Zen!

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When playing poker I usually recommend that people play tight so that they can stay out of trouble and not lose half their stack to a bet with a semi-good hand. But the people making the real money will know when to get more aggressive and then tighten up again.

There are people discussing all sorts of strategies and their questions and one of the same questions always seems to come up, how tight or how aggressive should I play? In Omaha poker you will struggle to make money if you go entirely one way or entirely the other, too tight your in trouble, too loose/aggressive your in trouble. People will keep on stealing your cash if you play too tight especially when you don't hit a monster on the flop (you will be accustomed to fold) , you will always be rellying on other players making a mistake for you to make money. Aggressive is slightly better play but too aggressive can be detrimental. You can put people under pressure and put them in a position where they are making mistakes, however if you play overly aggressive, then people will catch on to what you are doing and start calling your big bets and catch you out when you are bluffing/semi-bluffing.

So it’s all about finding the right balance between tight and aggressive. Find that Zen! Here are some rules you can apply to your Omaha game:

  • Don't give away free cards! – No matter what you do, don’t give away free cards when you have hit the nuts. There will be one or two circumstances when you want to slowplay but on a 10 player table you will want to keep on raising to get the most value out of the fact that you have the best hand. In Omaha if you give away free cards then you are going to get hurt when people hit and then they put you under pressure. If you are a tight player then raising might give your hand away but you still have to do it. If you are aggressive then it will seem as if you are crazy and people will call you. This is why it is important to strike a good balance between aggressive and tight. To keep people guessing and not knowing what hand you have.

  •  Don't overplay a pair of aces or Kings or Queens for that matter. Right I have seen so many people get really aggressive as soon as they hit a high pair. This is not Texas Hold’em! You do not go crazy over them and throw all your chips in. Strike a good balance, raise for 2 or 3 times the BB and get as many people as possible into the pot. If you hit your trips then you will have the maximum value as you will have the most amount of players in the pot. People that get over aggressive will waste their money in the long run as players that are used to Omaha will know that you have a power-hand. Go steady!

  • Do make value bets! – If you raise pre-flop with KQJ9, and hit a King on the flop but no other cards that help you, then you should raise the pot if you are in a late position. This way you will be wedding out all the weak hands and very often you will scare the table into folding. Worst case scenario here is that someone re-raises you. Oh well… he/she slow played it and you got done… Even if you don’t have the strongest hand on the flop it does not mean that you will not make it by the river!

  • Do always play 4 cards – Oh I can’t stress how important this is. It doesn’t matter if you are tight or aggressive. Use all four cards. I mean if you have an Ace high flush hand then that’s fair enough, play it. But if you have anything like K567, just fold it. You have 3 good cards. But that king is pretty useless. And even if you hit the flush then you still can’t do much as you cannot play your hand with confidence for fear of the Ace high flush.

So that’s about it really. Find the balance in your play. Don’t make mistakes. Get aggressive to capitalize on your position. Tighten up by not playing those hands that are not 100% good. If another player is playing better hands then you then in the long run who do you think will make more? Remember that poker is about being unpredicatable. If a player can read what hand you have then they wont pay you off when you hit your good hands. And of course they wont fold when you make that bluff!

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