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So far, we have discussed the two most common forms of poker-namely, seven-card stud and texas holdem. But many additional types of poker are played in the card games of Nevada and California, as well as in other places where poker is legal.

               In this section, we will examine five of these additional games: Omaha holdem, Omaha eight-or-better, seven-card stud these games are actually variations of the two games already covered, so much of the material previously presented will apply. Nevertheless, vary from game to game.

Omaha Hold’em

The rules for Omaha hold’em are identical to those for standard texas holdem poker, with two exceptions. First, you are dealt four cards instead of two cards, and second, you must use two cards from your hand and three cards from the board to form a five-card poker etiquette .

               Until you become familiar with Omaha, the second rule variation can be troublesome, so you must be careful when evaluating your hand. For example, if four hearts appear on the board but you have only one heart in your hand, you do not have a flush.

               Because Omaha is a game of card that yields many different combinations of cards, it’s common for someone to be holding the nuts. There is also more short-term luck in Omaha than in standard texas holdem tips Nevertheless, the best players still get the chips in the long run.

Tip No.1: In general, you should play only those hands in which all four cards are coordinated. Since Omaha produces numerous card combinations, the best hands are those where all four cards are working together. This harmonious relationship gives you more opportunities to flop a rank of hand, plus sometimes allows you to outdraw an opponent when he happens to flop the same hand that you flop.

Hands you should play include the following:

  • Two pair, as long as both pair are eights or higher
  • Four cards to a straight with no more than two gaps, such as


  • Ace-king double suited to two small cards, like

Tip No.2:In late position, you can play some weaker hand in an unraised pot. Being one of the last players to act gives you a significant advantage, so if the pot has not been raised, you can play some weaker hands. In fact, in many of these situations, you would require that only three of your card be well-coordinated.

Tip No.2: To continue playing on the flop, you need either the nuts or a draw at the nuts. Anyone who play poker Omaha for even a short period of time quickly learns that the best possible hand is often out. Consequently, when the flop comes, you want the nuts or a draw at the nuts. Drawing to a hand that easily can be beat-such as queen-high flush-places you in jeopardy and can prove very expensive.

Tip No.3: If you flop the best hand but have nothing else to go with it. In most Omaha games, many player participate in each pot. This means that when you flop the vest possible hand, there is a good chance that an opponent also has made the nuts. So if your hand has no other potential, the vest you can hope for in this case is to split the pot. More likely, however, the worst will happen; someone will make a better hand and win the pot. Here’s an example. Suppose the flop is


and you hold queen-jack. At moment, you have the best possible hand. But any heat can heart can give someone a flush, and if the board pairs, someone can make a full house or even four of a kind. In addition, should a jack or a queen fall, an opponent can make a straight higher than your straight. You should there fore proceed with caution if you flop the nuts but your hand has no other possibilities.

Tip No.5: If you flop the nuts and have redraws, be willing to gamble. Suppose with the flop just given that you hold a pair of nines to go along with the queen-jack. Now your hand is significantly better, for if the board pairs, you still could win with a full house. You therefore should be more inclined to gamble it up.

Tip No.6: Bottom set in a multiway pot can be very expensive. Although three of a kind is frequently a good hand, if your trips represent the smallest card in the flop, you often are looking at a hand that can be quite costly-especially if many players have taken the flop. Not only is there a good chance that a bigger set is out, but also any over card that comes on a later street may beat you.