Omaha is an exciting game. It becomes even more interesting when you know some really effective playing strategies. In Omaha High-Low Poker, pocket aces are considered as the most overplayed and overrated hands, especially when the players are more used to playing the game of Texas Hold’em.
Double suited A-A-2-3 is considered as the best starting hand in the game of Omaha High-Low. This can be played from any of the positions. In this case, the number of players playing for the pot does not make much of a difference. So what are the advantages of an A-A-2-3 hand over a different A-A-x-x hand?
In an A-A hand, the two other cards are very important and the strength of the hand is determined by them.
You will easily understand the difference by comparing a double suited A-A-2-3 and an off suited A-A-5-5 hand.
The A-A-2-3 can give a couple of nut-flushes, many combinations of nut-low and straight possibilities.
In the A-A, if you are not lucky enough to get two strong cards which can add some significance to the hand, you can go ahead and raise from a late position. If the raising is done already and the call is still to be made, you should always go ahead and cause trouble for your opponent by making three bets.
Always play hands like A-A-9-5 heads-up unlike A-A-9-2 which is an exception since it can be used in other situations as well. A weaker hand like A-A-9-3 should always be avoided or folded if you are playing with more than two players. Try to get your as close to double suited A-A-2-3 so that you can play the game a little aggressively. In A-A-x-x hands, if x are the cards with high faces, such as A-A-Q-K or A-A-Q-J, are much better hands as compared to the hands with x as a pair such as A-A-Q-Q or A-A-J-J.
Do not get addicted to A-A-x-x hands and play them in the pots with multi-way where the hand is made stronger by the two other cards. If you are not lucky enough to get the suited cards or the cards with strong sides in the pots with multi-way, you will choose to play so that the aces can be made; however, you will not be satisfied with the winning amount in most of the cases. Generally, in the pots with multi-way, an easy assumption can be made about the other aces to be present in the hands of your opponents.