Originally Posted by jh1spartanfan
What do you guys think are good starting hands for Omaha, when I play HORSE
Interesting how a thread can get 3 replies deep and no one really notices that its high/low split...
Yeah, 1 pair isn't nearly as strong playing LO8 as it is playing hold'em, but how strong you play it really depends on what your low hand is to go with it. A2K4 is trash on a KQ9 flop, but on a K37 board you've got a very strong hand.
Obviously playing HORSE, we're playing limit omaha 8 or better, so we're playing to scoop the whole pot. This means we're looking to make the best high hand with no low possible on the board, or we're looking to make the best low and have a better high hand on top of that. So its tricky to recommend *play X hands* because a hand has potential for two pots. A hand like AKQJds may have no equity in the low pot, but because its such a strong high only hand, we can play it. Same goes for A234, lots of low possibility, but not the strongest high potential. And some hands are in between.
But to put things as quickly as I can:
1) Play any A2 and any A3, barring some obvious exceptions like A333.
2) Strong 23 & A4 hands *can* be played from any position (234sKs, As4sJJ for example), but you really need strong high potential to go with these hands since their low potential is weak. No one would call you a nit if you folded an A4 or 23 UTG either.
3) Play strong high only hands if conditions are right (cheap flops, blind steals). AKQJds, AKKJ, QJTT type stuff.
4) Steal like your life depends on it. On the button in an unopened pot, you can steal crazy wide in my experience. 35KJ, A59T are certainly playable.