Lets take a look at a couple of exotic Omaha Hi Lo Poker Hand Rankings I found on Full Tilt Poker recently. You’ll see that my starting hands are rather tight, almost religiously so. I find that to be fine playing in many cases, but not all of them. Now, I realize that consistency and keeping yourself in the proper frame of mind is very important no matter what type of style you choose to play. That’s not to say that you just alike to be passive pre-flop and blindly flying through the flop.
Now that that is cleared up, we can get back to the excellent hand I was playing in Omaha High/Low.
As I was watching the final table of the event, I found myself intrigued by a comment made by a fellow player. He mentioned that sometimes in high you have a monster and you try and trap other players into thinking that you have hit big. This is true to some extent, but don’t become a pig and slowplay it. This is ask for a call, and to be honest a continuation bet is usually on the cards. If you want to make a good example, I myself had pocket kings in middle position. I said to myself “I have 9 outs, top pair, 5 outs with a kicker, and a possible flush draw.” Well, I didn’t really want to scare anyone out of the pot by showing the hand, so I checked.
The next card, I will admit that I didn’t have the 3 outs for the high hand, but there were two red cards on the board and I called. The king on the turn gave me some troubles and the flush draw didn’t really help. Still, for some Doubles I paid $1.50 to see the river.
The river card was the ace, giving me quads and officially booing me off the hand. You’ll have to remember that I only made two bets in this entire hand and let the caller keep the $4.50 that I paid to see the river. Let’s just say that the caller sucked out and I didn’t have the strongest hand.
That brings me to my point: you can’t be afraid to fold a hand. You’re not going to win every time. Heck, you don’t even want to reach back and forth to find a pocket pair against pocket tens. Fold when you can and that often means throwing away a hand that you may have won, or at least got a look at, if it weren’t for a suckout.
This is especially important pre-flop. You can’t afford to let dreams go to your head. Stop chasing them. You’re telling yourself that you are a bad player because you can’t stop chasing yourdigits. Whether or not that is true is not important. Just stop chasing them. You may win.
Also, you are proving to the world that you don’t take losing too seriously. Nonsense. You are going to lose. Lot’s of people will lose lot’s of money. It’s just a different kind of crazy.
This is precisely why I recommend that whatever pocket pair you decide to play domino88, you throw away two streets to the wind and flat call your pre-flop all in bet 100% of the time. You may win, but you’ll be sharing in the glory, not the chips.