PLEASE more people play Omaha. Here's Why.
I would like to see Omaha have a boom the way Hold Em did a few years ago. There are some very compelling reasons to play Omaha, especially my game of choice, Pot Limit Hi/Lo.
1. If you are a studious player who works to be a winning player, Omaha Hi/Lo is 50 to 100% more profitable with about half the variance or risk. For an explanation of why, check out the Hwang book or the Cappelletti book among many others.
2. If you are an action junkie, Omaha Hi/Lo is by far a better game for you. You see almost every flop pretty cheaply. With practically every hand you have an exciting draw for those who like fishing expeditions. More hands go to showdown. And even if you're a terrible player, you'll receive gratification by stumbling into a fair number of half-pot wins.
We need you in Omaha, especially the beginners. The learning curve ain't too bad, and we will be nice and friendly and very appreciative while you're learning the game. I notice that there's much less donkey talk and tapping on the glass in Omaha than in Hold Em.
Now I would ask and advise you to please not play pre-flop in Omaha like you do in Hold Em, especially the split pot game. It disrupts the game and it's not at all in your interest. Some experts debate about whether you should ever raise pre-flop in Omaha. Bluffing
doesn't work as well because your opponents will almost always have hands with potential. Makes sense since one Omaha hand contains six two-card combinations. Besides, it's really not in your interest to be stealing small pots pre-flop. You want to build pots by inviting people in, then if you hit your hand milk it or play it big. The Hold Em-style aggressors stand out like a sore thumb. You'll have some fun but invariably get nailed.
What the heck am I doing? I'm inviting you in because I want more beginners, i.e. bad players in the game, yet I'm giving you a little advice about how not to totally suck. I must be crazy! Or maybe just a little too kind. But you are all CCers, and I want you all to do well (just not at my expense). So tell your friends about Omaha Hi/Lo and let's get this train rolling!
This is my landmark 500th post. Does this qualify me for the next level of tourneys or something? Anybody want some cake?