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I am puzzled about two hands in omaha, what is the best of them, 1.AKQJ or 2.JT98. The first hand has the higher cards in the deck, while the second one has more chances to catch a straight. with the first one we can easily go all-in if we want, but is this could be a good decision with the second one?
I would like to know your opinion about that.
I love Omaha but find the game to be more about post-flop decisions than pre-flop decisions. Deep stacked versus short stacked plays a part, if/how the hand is suited, and your position all affect the overall strength of a hand.
That being said, to answer your question, in general I would prefer AKQJ to JT98 due to high card strength - when you connect you will have top pairs and full houses as opposed to middle pairs and lower full houses. For instance on AAQ you have the nuts with AKQJ and you are going to win the hand, but on JJT with JT98 you are not invulnerable and may lose a big pot if someone calls and outdraws you.
I would say that the second hand is better and more often in hands, I play a lot in Omaha and such a JT98 hand I play very often and better than the senior pictures and pairs, but for an all-in it is not a good card!
Of the two hands, AKQJ is stronger than JT98, only if dounble suited, if not, there is not much difference. Omaha is a flush game, straight is weaker. The two-color starting hands the best in Omaha! The strongest hand in Omaha A2A3 double suited.
Stats underline the strength of AAKK and all variants descending thereof...but its interesting you compare AKQJ to JT98.
All I can say is I am happier to be dealt a straight (with possible flush) than I am to see two strong pairs- and for me the higher the starting hand the higher the potential, so I would opt for AKQJ.
Its odd (just anecdotal) but I usually play one PLO tourney a day and I am presently on quite an extended run of big pairs (AA, KK) failing to strengthen as the hand plays out. I find myself making FHs with smaller pairs more often than higher pairs and, as noted, am happier to see a potential straight when dealt cards.