Omaha High/Low – 5 Reasons To Add Omaha/8 To Your Poker Repertoire

The game of poker exploded in the early 2000′s with the advent of online poker and mainstream television show coverage. The game that everyone was talking about and playing was Texas Hold ‘Em. A few years on, many players have made good money playing poker and calling themselves poker players, but in truth they have yet to expand their horizons and become true poker players. Looking beyond Texas Hold ‘Em to other games of poker players is part of any good player’s maturation. This article addresses some key prerogatives to add other games of poker to your skill set. In particular the focus will be on the game of Omaha Eight-or-Better split pot poker.


Simple Decision Making

Players who have played Texas Hold ‘Em their whole poker lives look at the rules and structure of Omaha High/Low split poker and figure it to be a much more complex game. Sure, the fact that players get two extra cards in their hand and that the pot is split between the best high and low showdown hands makes the game harder to understand at first. However, as you get your head around the structure of the game itself, the strategical decision making behind playing and winning at the game is a lot easier to master than Texas Hold ‘Em.

It is often said that Omaha/8 is a game of drawing to the nuts, and therefore there is a lot less grey area than there is Texas Hold ‘Em where marginal situations are usually where profit is made. If you understand some basic concepts of poker such as outs and pot odds then you can do quite well quite quickly at Omaha/8.


Lower Variance and Bankroll Requirements

Poker players often bemoan the financial variance associated with their chosen pass-time. Much has been written on the size of a poker bankroll that a player should have to withstand this variance at a particular betting limit. The game of Omaha/8 has a lot lower variance than Texas Hold ‘Em does for two key reasons. Firstly, the pot is split, so on more occasions a player will be winning some money back and not losing an entire pot. Secondly, given that the nuts is often required to win, good players will only be putting lots of money into the pot when they are big favorites to win all or part of it. The lower variance of Omaha High/Low means that players can play at a given betting limit with a smaller bankroll than they would require for the same Texas Hold ‘Em betting limit.

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