Levels of difficulty in Texas and Omaha

Poker cardsOmaha is sometimes presented as a complicated variant of poker based on the extra possibilities that occur then the starting hands includes four cards. It is of course a rather complex game, but the fact is that Texas hold’em is even worse in a comparing.

If you only look at the rules, you can argue that Omaha is some more complicated than Texas hold’em. In Omaha, there are some specialties concerning the combination of the card on hand and the card on the board.

The rules, however, will be learned in a relative modest time, and thereafter this subject can be dismissed. It is by a comparison of the strategically diversities Texas hold’em can be seen as the most complicated game.

Poker is a game of imperfect information and the difficulties is about making good decisions in hard situations. If you look further on this circumstance, you can determine that the most difficult decisions are made when it’s many close possibilities to choose of. In Texas hold’em is these circumstances true more often than in Omaha.

In my opinion are the decisions harder as the ranks of the hand getting lower – with the exception of obvious junk hands. A pair is harder to play than two pairs, two pairs are harder to play than trips, trips are harder to play than a straight and so on. So I don’t mean that it’s harder to play weaker hands because they had small chances to win, but that it’s a fact that these hands have more possibilities that must be analyzed.

Let’s say you have K♠-J♥ and the flop comes 8♣-T♠-K♣. You bet, and all players fold except one player that raise. Let’s say you play in a tournament and it’s an early stage and therefore you know nothing about your opponent. Your alternatives are to fold, call and re-raise. This is not an easy decision, but it’s a common situation in Texas hold’em.

In Omaha, on the other hand, you will not face these situations especially often – in avoiding getting to generalization I will here mainly focus on Omaha Hi in a longhanded table. I will argument that Omaha “begins” with two pairs, before you get two pairs there's seldom a good reason to get seriously involved in the hand.

Because of this will you automatically get away from many situations there the possibilities are the most and the decisions the hardest.

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