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On The Flop - Pot Limit Omaha

Part 2.2: On the Flop - Flush Draw

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Now you know how to choose your starting hands and how to play your hands pre-flop. Hand selection and position are probably the two most important factors in making you a winning pot limit Omaha player.

The flop!

In Omaha there are a finite amount of decisions/scenarios that will play out. You will either be drawing to the nuts and try and make sure no one gets in your way, or you will have the nuts and want to get maximum value out of the hand.

This is where your position is vital.

So the hands you may have,

Flush: You will either have a made flush on the flop or be drawing to the nut flush. Here is what you need to do.

Nut Flush:

On the button: If, no one has bet before me: If no one has bet then I raise. I need to get some value out of the hand but also try and not indicate that I have the nuts. Therefore I want to raise something like a half the pot. You want to get a call but you don't want to push everyone out of the hand. If I do not raise then I am inevitably giving away free cards. It will not strengthen my position by not raising.

If, someone has bet before me: If someone has bet before me for anything above half the pot then I will flat call it. This way I will not be giving away what I hold in my hand and I also stand to extract the most value from the pot. If I raise then my opponents will know what I have straight away, and almost definitely fold.

Middle Position: Raise, at least half the pot. If not more. Enough said.

Under the Gun: Raise, Raise, Raise. If I hit the nuts and am in an early position I have to raise otherwise I will be giving away free cards to my opponents and will get busted eventually.

Drawing to a nut Flush:
On the button:
If, no one has bet before me: Now it depends what I see on the board. If I can see that everyone is drawing to something (like a straight or a full house) then raising at this point is a good idea as if no one has much then they will most probably fold, therefore I will pick up free pots. If I get a caller then I know that they are probably drawing to a hand and trying to catch. At this point I have a great advantage as I know that they probably are not holding trips as they would have raised my bet, and it also puts me in a position where I can represent trips!

If, someone has bet before me: If someone has bet before me then flat calling is the best thing to do no matter how much they have raised. I do not want to get in a position where I raise his bet and then find myself having to fold when he/she comes over the top of my raise.

Middle Position: Raise, at least half the pot. If not more. Enough said.

Under the Gun: Raise, Raise, Raise. If I am going to hit the nuts and am in an early position I know I have got to raise the pot to confuse people as to what I am holding. Then if I do hit I know I will be getting great value as there are good chances that my opponents have no idea as to what I am exactly holding.

See also: Straight Draw and Full House Draw

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