Omaha Hi-Lo: how to play AAxx
During the last few weeks, I've really been playing a lot of Omaha Hi-Lo full ring .10/.25 NL & PL on PokerStars
. I originally started doing this to rack up FPPs to make my bonusses, but have actually had pretty good success, winning a modest amount over that span. One thing that I've noticed on the NL games is that you'll see people going all-in with $10-$40 pre-flop a decent amount of the time. Personally I tend to be more conservative so I dismissed this as over-agressive donk play. However, when I started to see the hands that were doing this (on the few that were actually called) I realized that most of them were holding AAxx.
This got me curious so I started punching stuff into my Omaha-8 calculator. I was somewhat amazed to find that AA with any other 2 cards is a actually a favorite against any other non-AA hand! Now obviously there is a wide range of AA hands. A-A-9-J rainbowed obviosuly being among the weekest, all the way to the best possibly draw of A-2-A-3 double suited. My question is this though, even with AAxx being a favorite against anything, does it really make sense to go all in PF with it? Or could you conceivably get more out of it by making a more modest raise, getting more callers, and more chasers? This is a bit of a quandry for me so I'd like to hear some of your opinions on it.