Originally Posted by Fireblade
Was just playing a free roll, have never played this before so was kinda learning the game while I was playing, its not too different to holdem except for the high low bit.
Oh, this is so not true. Aside from the '2 cards from your hand' stuff there are many difference. In fact, the only thing similar is 1) the actual hand values are the same (boat beats a flush, etc) 2) the betting structure is the same (pre-flop bet, 3 cards flop, turn, river).
One difference is of course, Omaha HL is often played for limit or PL. Holdem can be that also, but each (NL, PL, and limit) is played a little differently.
Biggest difference, and you'll soon come to realize this... 4 cards give you 6 potential starting hands. So there are that
many more ways your starting nuts will be screwed by the next card. You've got to be much more acutely aware of not only
what hands could have you beat, but what cards could likely come to spoil your straight (like a pair, a flush, or even a higher straight).
It takes a lot of skill (via experience) to decide whether or not your non-nuts could win - and this is based on table reads, how many in the hand, etc. You have to pick up on little nuances, like 2 low cards 3 & over hitting the flop - and who is escalating the betting when the low finally hits, or cautious until it hits. Putting people on reads in HL is a trickier business than hold'em.