Omaha hi/lo tips and tricks
Someone wanted some advice on PL Omaha so I thought I would start one and give some of my advice.
Scooping is a must.
When betting to just half the pot you can loose money when there is less than 4 people in the pot on the turn and river. If you split the low or high with someone, you are actually going to lose money on the last bet and only come close to breaking even on the hand sometimes. Scooping is best with an A high flush and 3 cards under 5. A good starting hand would be like A234 or AA23 where the A's are suited for flush possibilities (more later on hands).
A2 are very helpful to win the low but often you need backup. A2 without a 3 4 or 5 can be destroyed on the turn or river if the A or 2 comes on the community cards and you are now forced to fold. The third low card can help you keep the low if one of your cards hit. I play very carefully in PL games if I don't have backup since it can get very expensive on the turn and river and your hand just got destroyed with no backup card.
Rule of 4/6 for starting hands.
The Rule of 4/6 - you need 4 points to call and 6 to raise.
In hi/lo good cards are the low one or a suited A. You have 6 possible hands for each game. Each hand that is a good hand recieves one point. An A suited Ax is also worth one point. A good hand is defined as one that can contribute to a straight or PP. Cards between 7 and 10 are in limbo and do not count for anything. They are to high to help with the low and to low to help win the high so I don't like to play any hand that has more than two.
A2 = 1 pt, A4 = 1 pt, 24 = 1 pt, , 26 = 1 pt, 46 = 1 pt, suited A = 1 pt; total 6 pt = raise
A2 = 1 pt, A4 = 1 pt, 24 = 1 pt, 48 = 1 pt, suited A = 1 pt; total 5 pt = just call
A3 = 1 pt, 36 = 1 pt, suited A = 1 pt; total = 3 pts = fold (69= no pts, 9 is one of those cards that don't count for anything). otherwise you would have 4 pts and be tempted to play this hand, when all you may get is the low if a 2 hits.
Ramp the bets.
I only raise with premium hands and limp with the rest. You want people to fish and chase. If you play tight and only stick around when you hit on the flop you want people to chase to pay you off. I will raise 2 or 3 BB to keep marginal hands in. Only bet 2 or 3xBB on the flop and same on turn. You can bet big on the river when you have good shot at scooping or are a lock on the high. I don't recommend betting just on the low on the river because they can get split more often. I also ramp the bet because the nuts can change with every card so I don't want to invest a large amount of money unless I have the nuts and it can't be ruined on the next card (straight losing to a flush on river etc).
Fear the nuts
With every player still in the hand there are 6 hands you are really playing against. With 4 people in the hand there are really 24 possible hand that you are playing agianst so the nuts changes with every card. People stick in the hand only if the catch a piece of the flop or are drawing to something big. I have saved alot of money by checking on the river when the board pairs and someone hit their full house to take the high or you hit a K high flush only to lose the the A.
That is all for now, will add some more soon.