Omaha PokerOmaha – like Texas Holdem – is a community card game. Despite the many similarities that there are between the two games, the few differences in rules that exist induce a whole avalanche of differences when it comes to strategy. Unlike Texas Holdem, Omaha does not feature a wild short term variance. Often dubbed the “game of nuts” Omaha rewards skill lavishly and it punishes the lack of it equally hard.
As a beginner, playing Omaha (either its high only or its high-low variant) is not a good idea. Skilled players will run roughshod all over you and you’ll end up paying a disproportionally high tuition for learning that you’re not quite able to handle this game yet. The reason I’m saying that Omaha is the new game of the elites is that over at Full Tilt Poker where the big boys play, at the nosebleed stakes, PL Omaha seems to be the preferred poker variant. Out of the 10 biggest online poker pots ever played for 8 are PLO ones, and only two of them are NL Holdem ones. These nosebleed stakes players seem to prefer Omaha for the exact reason I detailed above: it rewards skill above all, and these guys think that when it comes to securing a lasting edge over an opponent, Omaha is the way to go.Information on Omaha strategy is harder to come by, though some poker websites do feature articles on Omaha and PLO strategy. The best way to learn though is to actually play the game. Even though in the beginning you should brace yourself for the high tuition, later on, these expensive lessons are likely to pay good dividends. Sites like Party Poker, Absolute Poker, Everest Poker, Bodog and many others feature relatively well trafficked Omaha tables.