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Q: I used to play some 5 draw poker, but I'm no pro. Now I would like to learn some omaha poker. I tried it a few times but it seems chaotic to me and U miss some good hands.. I don't seem to notice a straight sometimes or a flush. Is this normal? Should I play (train) more or am I hopeless and should I give up and stay with 5 draw? I'm ashamed to play it online and I really would like to train with some virtual trainer or people or something. What would you advise?
|A: Well, what you definitely should not do is give up!
Switching from a game like 5 card draw to something like Omaha can
be very confusing. Here's what I'd recommend: First, make sure you're
up to speed on the Omaha Poker Rules; then go to your favorite online
poker room and navigate your way to the free poker tables. Use play
chips instead of real money; the other players who participate in
the free games tend to be new to the game as well. Mess around there
until you're comfortable and things aren't so chaotic; once you've
become comfortable playing the game, you can start in with Omaha Poker
Strategy and play for money instead of play-chips - just be warned
that your strategies or playing style in the free poker rooms probably
won't be as effective against the more experienced money players!
Q:How do you should I play low pocket pairs like 77 and lower? I usually like to raise big with them to get people out of the hand, but then I will get bet into with over cards on the board and feel like I'm beaten. Should I stop raising preflop?
|A: Good question! Unfortunately, there isn't an easy, set answer; it really depends on your read of your opponents and table position. For example, if you're playing against a tighter crowd and you're late in the turn, you might consider playing small pocket pairs aggressively. If the other players were more aggressive and/or you were early in the turn, trying to take the pot with low pairs becomes pretty risky. Try stealing the pot from the button or one spot over. Check out our Online Poker Tells page for some tips on how to get a good read on the other players. If, however, you feel your opponents are too aggressive or trying to slow-play you, don't be afraid to fold those low pairs - they aren't worth the risk.|