Winning Hands

You must know by now that I couldn't leave a discussion of video online poker games without a strong argument for recognizing trends. I'm on very comfortable theoretical ground in suggesting you pay very close attention to the trends that happen in video online poker games machines. As in any other statistical array, you will see groupings of winning hands, and you will see groupings of losing hands. Even the stodgiest, non-playing purist will support statistical variance.

Because the expected hit frequency of online poker games machines is much higher than reels, we likewise see shorter and less severe trends in online poker games. But, also because of the higher expected hit frequencies, we can more easily identify the deviations from normal patterns-what we call trends.

Now, what do we do about trends? We've already established all the reasons why it's difficult to leave a given machine. I'll argue firmly, however, that it is important to recognize a negative trend and stop playing that machine ... at least for a while. Pay close attention to the credits on your machine and set a quit point to preserve your profit. It is all too easy, with some hits happening even in a bad trend, to just play down those credits, hoping for a reversal of the trend. Trends in online poker games do tend to be of shorter duration, but this is no excuse to throw away your hard-earned credits.
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Omaha High/Low 8-or-Better
Omaha-8 is deceptive to new players. It appears to be not much more than "Texas Hold'em High/Low," but the two games are very different. At the most basic level, the rule on using exactly two hole cards trips up new players, and beginners frequently botch pots by incorrectly reading their hands. (Heck, it's not unusual to see a professional incorrectly reading misread a hand!) Beyond that, many players are unaware of the strategic principles of the game and tend to evaluate the strength of their hands-particularly draws-in terms of Texas Hold'em. This tendency leads many beginners to call with many more hands than they should after the flop, which sets them up for expensive second- or third-place finishes. As you'll soon see, Omaha-8 strategy is based on drawing to nut hands.
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