How to Play Omaha Poker

Play on the Turn and River

Now that you've bet before and after the flop, it's time to enter the nitty-gritty. Betting on the turn and river can mean the difference between boom and bust. Here's a look at strategies for both.

Play on the Turn

Play on the turn is straightforward and simple. If you have the best
hand, bet. If you have a draw to the best hand, check and call (once again, assuming the pot odds are correct). If you have the best possible high or low and a chance at the other (low or high), you should raise to maximize the size of the pot.

Play on the River

Play on the river is the most straightforward situation you will find. If you have the best high hand, raise as much as possible. High hands are almost never quartered. If you are
heads-up (against only one opponent) or have three opponents and have the best low hand but no chance at the high hand, it is usually best to just call due to the possibility of being quartered. Realize that against three opponents, if you have the best low hand and are quartered, you will recoup at least every bet you place on the river. When you are against four or more opponents, have the best low hand, and are quartered, you will be making money on every bet you place, so it is often correct to raise. If you are against two opponents and have the best low hand, you should check and call.

Sometimes you will be in a hand at the river against two opponents while you have the best low hand and they are both raising. It is extremely likely that you will be quartered in this situation, and you must decide if there is enough money already in the pot to warrant calling all of the raises. Against two opponents, if you have a low and it is quartered, every dollar you put into the pot will return only 75 cents to you.

In some cases, if the pot is small, your best play may be to fold. As you are learning to play, you may never fold in this situation because you want some of that money you contributed to the pot returned to you. Just bear in mind that this can actually cost you money. This is something you will learn with experience.

Omaha poker can be a fun and profitable game. By mastering the basic concepts in this article, you will play better than the average player, and with some experience you should become a consistent winning player.

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