Omaha High Turns

We won’t bother to go over the first hand from the last chapter, as the nut straight would either hold up or it wouldn’t. Instead, let’s look at the second hand we discussed. Table 10.8 has the hands listed out as well as the relevant statistics. In this case, you will remember that the underdog hand with the pair of Sixes is now the strong favorite against the other two hands because it has the only set. In fact, no other hand even has two pair. Let’s make things a little more interesting, though, and put the T♦ on the board for the turn.

Everything changes again! One hand folds as soon as possible, leaving three players. The new percentages are in Table 10.8.

While the set of Sixes is still the favorite, it will win less than 50 percent of all money, ac- cording to our simulation. That’s a really tough thing to see, but it all adds up. The hand with the pair of Aces is now able to win in several different ways. First, it could catch an Ace on the river, giving the player the best set. No one is holding JQ or 79, so there is no straight out there. The 6♦ and the 8♦ are already accounted for, so any diamond left in the deck is a winner. The hand now also has two pair, Tens and Eights, which means that the four (three, really, as the T♥ is dead) Tens and Eights still out would give this hand a better full house than the Sixes full 66KJ would make. J9T4 is drawing to a non-diamond Seven or Queen, which gives it six outs (actually, it’s five outs, as the Q♠ is dead).

Since Omaha is about suffering, let’s talk about another turn card that really throws everything for a loop. In this case, let’s make it the 7♥.

Hey, that means the player with the pocket Sevens is now the dominant hand, right? Nope. In fact, it is now only good for about 12.5 percent of the money over time. Table 10.9 explains.

The board is of four different suits, so there will be no flushes. The hand now comes down to a nut straight versus draws to full houses and quads, which makes it a huge favorite. The pair of Aces has no draw to a straight and cannot make a winning full house. The set of Sixes is now hoping for the fourth Six to come out, as that is the only way

for it to win. What about a King to give it Kings full of Sixes? Good catch, but notice the hand with the pocket Sevens also has a King. If a King came on the river, the Sevens hand would use the King and one Seven to make Kings full of Sevens. Anything other than a Six pairing the board gives the set of Sevens the win, which the money says will happen 1/8 of the time. Everything else gives the straight the win.

We strongly suggest playing on practice software, such as Wilson Software or another maker’s product, a bunch or at least play at the lowest limit tables available, until you get a good grip on this and Omaha high-low. They are very tricky games, and the odds change drastically from card to card.

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