This is a general open Omaha Discussion thread and not specifically about strategy.
Recently I started watching some Phil Galfond challenges on YouTube. I’m fairly certain its all HU - Omaha, which is a little surprising to me simply bc Hold’em seems a lot more popular even though IMO Omaha generally is a “better” game. It’s a good watch & inspired me to play Omaha - a game I have never bothered to learn. Some questions & problems arise though:
1) Why is Omaha high/low so much more popular? I cant find any games of normal Omaha on RP only PLO. I would rather start & learn to play normal NL Omaha first. High/low seems to complicate an already more difficult game than holdem.
Apparently Omaha is significantly higher variance compared to Hold’em. I would guess that the high/low rule would reduce the variance somewhat although maybe Im completely wrong and it has the opposite effect. If it (hi/low) does reduce variance it makes a little sense to choose it for this intended reason. I would guess that most Omaha players choose the game over Hold’em and also the high/low variant simply bc of preference for that particular game play (fun factor) with no thought, consideration or interest in managing or reducing variance.
So generally I’m guessing more Omaha players like the high/low variant better & consider it a better overall game. Does anyone prefer normal Omaha? I can only find 1 PL Omaha very low stakes game with 9 players on peak hours on RP.
2) Basic tips, strategy & how to play NLO high/low? I would rather learn normal Omaha & play that to start out, but its pointless learning and trying to find games no one is playing. I know AAKK double suited is the best starting hand in Omaha. What is the best starting hand in O H/L? I would guess AA23 double suited or AA45 double suited maybe?
Any basic tips, strategy & how to play NLO H/L please. I don’t even remember the low card cut off, but think it might be 8. I would guess low straights, and weak flushes might be more more valuable & less of a liability due to the ability to also make a low hand etc?
This is a general Omaha Discussion thread and not specifically strategy. I might start I Omaha H/L strategy thread later if I enjoy playing it enough & get more serious about improving my game.