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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Poker plays with Pokerpeaker: Pushing With Your Big Draws

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Omaha is a drawing game. It might be even more of a drawing game than drawing games like 5-card draw or Triple Draw Lowball.

So when I have {K-Diamonds} - {Q-Diamonds} - {J-Spades} - {J-Hearts}, I'm definitely calling a raise here. Position is irrelevant with a great drawing hand like this, but I do happen to have position. Awesome.

We're heads up in a six-handed, .10/.25 Pot-Limit game on PokerStars. I like being heads up here, though a multi-way pot would be great, considering I have a high drawing hand, and if I do hit, it will be the near-nuts.

The flop comes {J-Diamonds} - {10-Diamonds} - {6-Spades}. Wow. This is why you play these hands.

When my opponent bets the pot, about $1.25, I raise the pot.

I really like my hand here. Though calling with just an open-ended straight draw (OESD) isn't smart in Omaha, I have an OESD to the nuts and a King-high flush draw.
Oh, and I also have a set.

There are more times that you can be a clear favorite in Omaha than you might think. Obviously this is one of them. So I want to put more money in the pot. I'm that confident I'm going to win this hand.

But here's the thing. I'd be doing the same thing even if I didn't have a set. I'm not counting on the set to win me the hand here.

I'm a favorite against any made hand. Even if my opponent had a set of Jacks, I'd still be a favorite. That would change on the turn, and I'd have to take into consideration my opponent's redraws, but for now I'm golden. I've got far too many outs here.

One word of warning: My straight draw might be a nut draw, but my flush draw isn't. If I'm in a full-handed game, I'd have to be careful of someone with the Ace-high flush draw. But in a six-handed game, heads-up, it seems nitty of me to toss a King-high flush draw. I just can't do it.

If I do hit a King-high flush  and my opponent really seems to like his hand and I'm in a six-handed game, I tend to just call instead of push with it, but I do usually call, unless the board pairs. This has made me money, as many opponents at the level I'm playing overvalue their small flushes.

My concerns tend to go out the window when he re-raises me. I think he's getting coolered here. I think he has a set. He's pushing too hard, and unless he is making a stupid move and pushing with only a OESD or a flush draw, then I still have him crushed.

He might have the straight draw and a set or something like that. I guess he could have the Ace-high flush draw. If he does, and it hits, then congratulations, he got lucky.

I raise all-in.

Here's a small confession. Out of all the hands I've played online and live, with a decent portion of those being Omaha hands, I've never, ever hit a Royal Flush. I've played poker semi-seriously for four years now, and I've never hit one. I have to admit that played into my thinking here. I want to hit one!

He calls, and the Ace hits on the turn. I really think I've got the hand locked up here. A blank falls on the river. He shows {10-Spades} - {10-Hearts} - 6[d) - {7-Diamonds}.

Alas, I did not hit a Royal Flush. But I did win the hand.

I don't like his call of my raise with that hand. Small suited connectors can really get you into trouble, as I've demonstrated. But I can't blame him for pushing. He had a set and a draw as well.

It's just that mine was better.

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