How to Play Pot-Limit Omaha
Poker is any of many different card games where players wager on which hand is most likely to win in ways comparable to the scoring on those same cards. In this game, it is possible to win by simply stopping the action when your opponent has no cards to take. Poker is played with a deck of cards, and each player has a hand made up of seven cards – two pairs of cards face up, three decks of cards face down, and the final “suit” of a single card. It is usually the luck of the draw as to which suit is drawn, although in some cases, skill can help.
There are two main styles of poker play. Regular and Flush. In the regular style of play, there is no limit on how many times one can bet, so the betting possibilities are unlimited. In a flush style, the betting on the flushes is limited to two at a time, so one may plan on betting for a straight flush or four of a kind. A good tip for both styles is to place small bets on hands that are most likely to win, so that when the pot becomes large it is less likely that someone will have everything they need to get out, including a straight flush.
One of the most popular ways to play poker is called a high-low split. The initial big blind is placed on the high hand and then the player who has raised the ante bets down to the second blind before the turn, only to lose on the raise. If they then raise the ante again before the turn, they get in on the action before their opponent does, but they must keep playing after the turn because they did not get the chance to raise to the second blind. They are also at greater risk because they were already spending the previous potting, plus the ante, so now their bankroll is smaller. A second blind placed on the low hand can often give the winning combination.
Some people also like to play “pot-limit Omaha”. This is simply a game where you only play with five cards, and you try to win by laying the highest value cards out face up in front of you. You “call” (make the raise) before your opponents has had a chance to show their cards and call. After the initial round of betting, each player has a chance to raise to at least five cards before the pot-limit becomes active. Pot-Limit Omaha is very similar to Five-Card Draw, except that you only play with five cards.
After the initial round of betting, each player is allowed to make one “buy-in” into the pot before the final round of betting occurs. Once all players have made their buys into the pot, the last person standing in line with all his cards is the winner. “Buying in” is optional here, so if your opponents all have the same starting hand it is okay to just fold. There are no tournaments at your local poker store, but POKER games on the Internet are available for free and are usually fast and easy to play. Plus, the added competition online is much more steep, meaning more money can be won.
When playing Texas Hold’em and drawing three cards, your highest hand and your final ranking poker hands are still considered to be the top two cards. The first player that comes to you with a straight or flush is not your highest hand and will not stay on the board. Therefore, POKER should be used with caution and to draw the best possible cards.