Your Questions About Pot Limit Omaha

James asks…

hand of the day XXXI: game switch?

i’m running out of ideas to keep this question series interesting, so i’m going to throw some questions from different games out there…i’ll try to keep it a little more basic since i will assume that you guys don’t know as much about other games as you might about no-limit hold’em

today we will start with a potlimit omaha hand…it’s $1-2 6-handed and effective stacks are $200…utg raises the pot to $7 and gets called by utg+1 and the cutoff, and you decide to call as well with Kh-Qc-9c-8h from the bb…the flop comes down 4c-7s-10c, you check, utg bets $15, and you are the only caller…the turn is the Jd giving you the nut straight with a redraw to a bigger straight as well as the club draw, and you decide to fire the whole pot, $59, and get called…the river is the Jh, there is $177 in the pot and $119 left in your stack…what’s the play?
well da hal, that would be a good way of getting easy questions, but the problem is i really don’t get the chance to play too often, and therefore i don’t get many chances to put up interesting situations
as for the hand you posted, i would go ahead and move all-in…it will commit you if you get raised all-in, but you are almost never beat here based on the play of the hand…one of your opponents probably has an ace and is probably going to pay you off
typo there, obviously you can’t get raised all-in

poker holdem answers:

Tough one. Prior to the turn, he was textbook high pair. His call after your bet (and very good one) after the river suggests he probably has a big draw, like a nut flush coupled with a FH. That extra J would put me in a tailspin, but I’m folding this hand unless he checks or does something silly like a quarter pot raise or less.

The only other option that I’d consider is leading with a half pot bet to see if you can spook him off the pot as well. It depends a bit on how the other guy plays, but he seems like the kind who will at least call with a baby FH, so I wouldn’t do it. I’ve learned that betting into a potential FH, especially if I think the guy might (just might) have made a set is the best way to lose money. You may be ahead, but there are so many starting hand combos that have you crushed that dumping this hand will at least let you fight another day.

On a side note, I play some online stuff and can always use some extra advice, so if you don’t mind, I’ll post a few pivotal hands when I have them.

And a hearty thank you for doing this and please keep it up.

Linda asks…

WSOP, anyone playing in any events?

Is anyone going to play any of the events this year? If so, what are you planning on playing, so far I plan on playing in event 6 (omaha 8ob limit), event 19 (pot limit omaha) and event 51 (H.O.R.S.E.). I will play a few satellites for the main event too, and maybe one of the other nlhe events. I am sure some of yall will be out there, if so Good Luck.
for Judas, I am thinking long and hard about 47 too, that is by far my favorite cash game.

poker holdem answers:

I think I’m gonna go, at least to watch the main event. I would like to play in one event, as well. Maybe HORSE (event 51) or Stud H/L (event 47). They’re the cheapest ones towards the end of the month.

Sandra asks…

What size Poker tables do they have at the Casino Windsor? Blind Amounts? Minimum buy in?

I cant find any details on the poker room itself other than it has 10 tables with hold em stud and omaha. Im thinking of going there and i just wanna know about how much im gonna need to play some low stakes no limit or potlimit poker.

poker holdem answers:

If memory serves me correctly they have $1-2 no limit tables with a $100 buy in.

Ruth asks…

If someone were just starting at poker…?

What limit would you recommend (fixed, pot or no limit?)

What variation would you recommend (5 card draw, hold em, omaha, etc?)


poker holdem answers:

I think that no limit Texas Hold’em is where you want to start out.

Let’s face it, that is THE GAME these days. Any card room in the world is going to be spreading at least one of these games. And if you took an average, I’d say it is certainly the most common game.

Fixed limit games, may be ‘safer’ but with less ability to control the pot odds you lose some of the control that makes no limit so much more fun.

And pot limit doesn’t really offer a novice player any special protection or help, but also introduces new complications.

So I would get a new player to play no limit Texas Hold’em for very low stakes and build from there. I am not a believer in having them play an easier game first. That’s like refusing to teach someone to play chess until they have mastered checkers.

Charles asks…

poker stars FPP?

i know about FPP on poker stars; i have over 1200, but have gotten them thu tourneys to date.

as for the cash games, 40 cents equals 1 fpp and 3.00 equals 2 fpp;

but what would be the amount of the pot for 40 cents and 3.00?

i play limit, stud and omaha but at the cheap games for no more than 10 cents/20 cents, so doubtful at that rate i will never earn any fpp.

at what level, would i most likely accumulate that amount of rake?

poker holdem answers:

Here’s how they calculate FPP:

1. Earn FPP credits for cash game play

First Frequent Player Point (FPP) is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches:

* $0.40 for fixed limit poker games with stakes $1/$2 and lower
* $0.40 for NL/PL poker games with blinds $1/$2 and lower
* $0.40 for “1-on-1” poker games (this applies only to “1-on-1” tables, not to regular tables which have only two players seated)
* $1.00 for all other games

Second FPP is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches:

* $2.00 for all 6-max tables (this doesn’t apply for games being played 6- handed at 10/9/8 player tables – just 6-max tables)
* $3.00 for all other tables

Third FPP is awarded for playing a hand in which the rake reaches $5.00.
2. Earn FPP credits for tournament play

Five (5) FPP credits are awarded for each $1 in tournament fees paid.

For example, playing in a poker tournament with $20 buy-in and $2 tournament fee, each player will be awarded 10 FPP credits. *Note that partial Frequent Player Points are always rounded to the nearest whole number.

In a $5 buy-in Sit & Go poker tournament with only a $0.50 fee, 3 FPP credits (instead of 2.5) will be awarded to each player who played poker in the tournament.

In a $5 buy-in 4-player Heads-Up Sit & Go poker tournament with only a $0.25 fee, 1 FPP (instead of 1.25) will be awarded to each player who played poker in the tournament.

Please note that “FreePlay” tournaments do not award FPP credits. You can play poker for fake money at our free tables, but these poker games and tournaments are not part of the PokerStars FPP program.

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