Originally Posted by BigStackJack
What do you do about the people that don't care. Whats the best way to play them? You have 4 cards so There is sooooo many draws out there. lets say you have AJQQ before flop. Do you raise knowing amatures will call with anything? I would like to keep playing omaha but I feel as if theres no playing it in smaller buyins/freerolls. ...... But the freerolls is where it just gets amazing sickning. all in with best hand usually loses to an outdraw almost everytime at full tilt. I see it soo much I might stop playing it all together. I just want to know Do other people get as frustraited as I do with this?....... "BigStackJack
BigStackJack, if you read my opening thread, you'll see that I am addressing this subject from a slightly different point of view.
I can't really give anyone advice on Omaha as I'm somewhat of a newbie to that game haven't really come up with a good poker theory stragegy for it yet. On the other hand, I know exactly what I'm trying to do all the time in hold'em. But poker theory is secondary to my main point, anyway.
My point here is that instead of getting frustrated at what you call amateurs, think of it in terms of what do you have to do to win regardless
of who you're playing. If the amatuer is winning the money or knocking you out of the tourney, than you have to adjust your strategy so that that doesn't happen.
I play in the freeroll tourneys alot, and usually find it fairly easy to get down into the last 100 or so. 9th place has been my best so far. I stick to a fairly rigid plan of what cards I play, and I keep a close eye on what kinds of cards the others are playing and I don't think in terms of who's an amatuer and who isn't. I think of them all as foes who could knock me out of the tourney if I'm not careful. If I think someone went all in with a lower hand than mine I'll call him with a top hand, but mostly I try to avoid putting all my eggs in one basket. Even if I have AA what good does it do me to call all in if I might get knocked out.
One strategy that works well against the all-in artists is to let them all knock each other out. And anyway, I really enjoy the people I meet late in the tourney, so I want to be there to enjoy them.
It's all about adapting to the situation you're in, and if you're losing to "amatuers", then maybe you should re-assess what you're basing your decisions on.