Nov 13, 2019
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Omaha is for the Challenge Lovers!

5 Card Omaha is an action-driven variant of Omaha. Each player is dealt with five hole cards. The board reveals five community cards face up. In this format, each player has to use three community cards and 2 of their hole cards to make a five-card poker hand. The deal is to strictly follow the first and the most important rule of the game- 2 hole cards and 3 community cards.

Basics of the Game

In Pot-limit Omaha (PLO), the games are referred according to the size of the blinds. For example, a 5/10 Pot-limit 5 Card Omaha game has a small blind of 5 and a big blind of 10.

Each player is dealt with 5 hole cards and then the betting rounds begin clockwise, starting with the player at the left side of the big blind.

Pre-Flop

After seeing their hole cards, each player now has the option to call or raise the big blind or even fold. The betting begins from the left side of the big blind. For example, if the big blind was 10, it would cost at least 10 to call or 20 to raise.

This round ends once each active player (who has not folded) has acted.

The Flop

After the first round of betting, the flop is dealt face-up on the table. The flop is the three community cards that set the tone of the game. Betting begins with the active player sitting immediately to the left of the dealer button. Another betting round begins from there.

The Turn

Once the betting action is completed, the turn is dealt face up. The turn is the fourth community card that the players are dealt with in 5 Card Omaha. Another round of betting begins with the active player sitting at the left side of the dealer.

The River

After the betting round in completed, the river is dealt face-up on the table. The river is the fifth and the final community card that the players are dealt with. The final round begins.

The Showdown

The showdown is done only when there is more than one player on the table. If there was a bet in the last round then the last person who bets shows their cards first, but if there was no bet on the final round then the player sitting to the left of the button will show first. The player who has the best poker hand will win the pot.

Variants of 5 Card Omaha

1. Pot-limit Omaha

Minimum Raise: The minimum raise should be at least equal to the previous bet or raise.

Maximum Raise: The size of the pot. This is defined as the total of the active pot, all bets on the table and the amount the active player must first call before raising.

 2. No-limit Omaha

Minimum Raise: The minimum raise should be at least equal to the previous bet or raise.

Maximum Raise: The size of your stack. This is where the all-in bet comes in.

There is a lot more that needs to be learned in order to play 5 Card Omaha, but with poker, you always learn as you play.

So learn at your favourite online poker app- PokerBaazi, India's most trusted poker website. We have recently launched the 5 Card PLO format. Go ahead and win some!

Be Your Own Mentor!

Multi-table tournaments (MTT) are essentially known for letting you win massive with relatively small expenditure. Here are a few strategy tips if you aren’t able to own this style of gaming:

Early opportunities

Try to study your opponents. Know the weak players on the table and try to get involved with them in a few pots. In the pre-flop round, avoid calling a raise with hands such as A-J, K-Q because these can be easily dominated. However, if you hit a small pair, then you’re slightly ahead in the game. Simply go ahead and build the pot in this situation.

Play tightly

Avoid playing too many hands in the early stages. It’s not a bad idea to let go of hands such as A-J or a K-Q non-suited. However, you can still play suited connectors such as 7h-8h with caution, keeping in mind your stack size. Playing hands that come with high-risk should be played according to the size of the stack you have at a given point of time in the game.

Raise in reply to a raise

Any player who is a regular multi-table tournament player aims to attack the ‘FT bubble’ and the ‘in the money (ITM) bubble’. This style of playing is not as profitable as it earlier was because of the increasing competition in the online poker circuit. However, there are strategies to help you attack the bubble, especially in smaller tourneys. One of these would be to re-raise against the raises with a wide range of hands. You could also flat-call in position to mix things up (if you’re deep-stacked).

Keep a close check on your neighbours

If you are able to have good reads on your opponents, you can easily build your stack. For example, if you’re sitting to the left of a player who prefers to open a lot in late position and does not prefer to re-shove all-in unless they have a premium hand, you can simply re-raise without having good hands. You’ll eventually end up with a healthy stack.

Put pressure on your opponents constantly

A smart online poker player would always try to enter his/her opponent’s mind and make them commit mistakes. To do this, you need to put constant pressure on your opponents. You can either win several small pots from them without the goods or raise their bets on a dry board (K-4-8, non-suited).

Take these few things in mind and get ready as we will soon be hosting the second edition of India’s biggest online poker tournament- GameChanger 2 Crore GTD. This time, the buy-in of the tournament has been cut down to half of what it was earlier- INR 5500 instead of INR 11000!

So stay tuned to our website and social media channels to participate in various contests and win free tickets to the GameChanger!

Another Week, Another Set of Stars!

Week after week, we witness phenomenal performances on the PokerBaazi felts, with both old and new players. As we offer a conducive platform for the rising stars of the Indian online poker circuit, we are glad that the poker pros are actively playing and winning big on PokerBaazi.com!

Here’s a quick recap of our daily featured tournaments this week (July 12- July 19):

FriYay 10 LAC GTD (RE)

This INR 4400 buy-in event was taken down by Ayush Garg a.k.a. “Proman502” for the top prize of INR 2,35,300. He is a frequent attendee at various online poker apps and has participated in various international events such as the World Poker Tour (WPT).

Value Town 10 LAC GTD (5RE)

Value Town was shipped by none other than Anurag “13anurag” Srivastava for a payday of INR 1,75,000. Anurag is a regular pro on PokerBaazi and has some major deep runs in various tournaments such as 1Cr GTD Value Bomb.

BSS SuperStack 25 LAC GTD (RE)

This Sunday marvel announced Chandan “darkfish” Arora as the winner, who walked away with INR 5,14,895. Chandan is again a massive tourney player in the circuit.

The Bout 10 LAC GTD (RE) & The Endeavour 15 LAC GTD (RE)

A massive name in the Indian poker circuit, the two events were taken down by none other than Rohan Bhasin a.k.a. “likeaboss85”. He went home away with unreal combined prize money of INR 7,52,077.

The Vegas 10 LAC GTD

The Vegas was shipped by Ashish “rocky3705” Ahuja. He walked away with INR 2,19,870. Ashish is a regular player in the poker circuit in India and his last deep run was at World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2019.

The Summit 15 LAC GTD (RE)

This Thursday weekly tournament was shipped by Anmol “anzzzzz” Mehta for a paycheque of INR 3,62,250. Anzzzzz is reg in the industry and has taken down several huge tourneys on various online poker platforms.

FriYay 10 LAC GTD (RE)

The event witnessed “brointer” taking down the title for a payday of INR 2,20,900. “brointer” is a known name in the industry for his impressive poker skills.

It has been more than four years that PokerBaazi has been serving the online poker circuit of India. We are proud to announce that we will soon be offering a new poker variant- Open-Face Chinese (OFC) poker, in addition to our recently launched 5-card PLO games. Tune in to our social media channels for the latest updates!

It Was An Action-Packed Series For The Indian Pros!

World Series of Poker 2019 has wrapped up for this year and we would like to take this opportunity and congratulate all our Indian challengers who made us proud.

Here’s a quick glance over the last few events of the WSOP 2019 between July 11th & July 16th:

Event #81 ($1,500 50th Annual Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold’em)

July 11

Indian pro Nikita Luther stormed into Day 2 of the event as the chip leader with a stack of 538,500 (215 big blinds). By the end of Day 2, Luther left the felts securing the 13th place for prize money of $3,584 (~₹2.45 Lakhs).

Event 82 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Double Stack)

July 11

Six Indians made it to Day 2 among a field of 1,591 entries. This group was led by Kalyan Chakravarthy with a stack of 1,174,000 (73 big blinds).

The remaining five included Karan Radia (778,000 – 49 big blinds), Himmat Singh (726,000 – 45 big blinds), Kunal Punjwani (705,000 – 44 big blinds), Goonjan Mall (266,000 – 17 big blinds), and Sachidananda Sivakumar (102,000 – 6 big blinds).

July 12

Only eight finalists remained in the action among a total of 357 players, and two Indians remained in the fray- Kunal Punjwani (15,500,000-31 big blinds) & Kalyan Chakravarthy (9,925,000-20 big blinds).

Others who finished in the money were Goonjan Mall (19th for $17,063 – ₹11.69 Lakhs), Himmat Singh (120th for $3,654 – ₹2.50 Lakhs), Young Gun Karan Radia (209th for $2,911 – ₹1.99 Lakhs) and Sachidananda Sivakumar (253rd for $2,911 – ₹1.99 Lakhs).

July 14

Eventually, two of our representatives at the event were eliminated after reaching the FT. Chakravarthy secured the 8th place for $56,850 (~₹39 Lakhs) and Punjwani finished at 7th place for $74,401 (~₹51 Lakhs).

Event #85 ($3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed)

July 12

A total of 173 players charged towards Day 2 among which is Indian poker pro Vikram Kumar (41,200- 26 big blinds).

July 13

The lone survivor, Vikram Kumar ended his run in the event posting his career-first WSOP score finishing at 50th place for $6,392 (₹4.38 Lakhs).

Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty

July 12

Day 4 ended with three Indians finishing in the money namely Minissha Lamba (64th for $2,266 – ₹1.55 Lakhs), Aditya Sushant (113th for $1,551 – ₹1.06 Lakhs) and Kunal Patni (132nd for $1,469 – ₹1.05 Lakhs).

Event #80 ($1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em Pot-Limit Omaha)

July 12

Day 3 of the event saw two Indians finishing in the money- Yasheel Doddanavar (121st for $2,521 – ₹1.73 Lakhs) and Akshay Nasa (175th for $2,260 – ₹1.55 Lakhs).

Event #84 (The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em)

Abhinav

July 13

Day 1B saw a field of 724 players whittling down to 45 survivors. A group of six Indians was seen in the action. However, only Abhinav Iyer survived to enter Day 2 with a stack of 782,000 (49 big blinds).

While Nishant Sharma (74th for $2,530 – ₹1.73 Lakhs) made it to the money, Dhaval MudgalPaawan Bansal, and Raghav Bansal left empty-handed.

July 14

Kalyan Chakravarthy entered Day 2 with a stack of 493,000 (31 big blinds) on Day 1C.

Three other Indians who made it to Day 2 were Siddharth Mundada (433,000 – 27 big blinds), Himmat Singh (63,000 – 4 big blinds) and Shashank Jain (53,000 – 3 big blinds).

July 15

Day 2 of the event was wiped out by India’s Abhinav Iyer who became India’s first-ever solo WSOP gold bracelet winner. He posted his career-best score of $565,346 (~₹3.87 Crores).

There were four other Indian’s who made it to the money namely, Siddharth Mundada (73rd for $5,956 – ₹4.08 Lakhs), Kalyan Chakravarthy (98th for $4,401 – ₹3.01 Lakhs), Himmat Singh (176th for $3,500 – ₹2.39 Lakhs) and Shashank Jain (239th for $3,500 – ₹2.39 Lakhs).

Event #86 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed) 

Anuj

July 14

Day 2 of the event saw 113 players, a field which later shrunk down to 16 players. Headlining this group is Indian-origin player, Anuj Agarwal who will be entering Day 3 with a massive stack of 2,171,000 (109 big blinds).

July 15

There were only 6 survivors on Day 3 among which was Indian-origin pro Anuj Agarwal with a stack of 4,350,000.

July 16

Day 4 witnessed Agarwal destroying the felts. He won his first WSOP bracelet and went home with staggering prize money worth $630,747 (₹4.34 Crore).

Event #89 ($5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em Turbo)

July 16

Team India’s pro, Yasheel Doddanavar secured 54th place in a field of 608 players. Doddanavar walked away with a cash prize worth $10,382 (~₹7.14 Lakhs).

WSOP 2019 rolled out impressively well, especially for the Indian cadre who had some major deep runs. Several of them have had a chance to post their first WSOP scores and headlining this achieving group is Abhinav Iyer, India’s first solo WSOP gold bracelet winner!

Two Lanes on the Highway

The two most-loved poker variants- Omaha and Texas Holdem are similar in terms of hand rankings. In terms of betting structure, the two are identical because both have four betting streets- preflop, flop, turn and river. So, what exactly differentiates the two?

The Rules

The first difference is that each player gets two hole cards in Texas Holdem, whereas in Omaha, players are dealt 4 hole cards. In both the formats, every poker hand consists of 5 cards. Players use a combination of the hole cards and the community cards to construct their 5-card hand.

While Holdem gives the luxury of using all the community cards to construct a hand, in Omaha a player has to use at least two hole cards out of the four to create their hand.

Betting Structure

Both Omaha and Texas Holdem can be played with different betting structure- no limit, pot limit or fixed limit. However, commonly both follow a certain structure. Holdem is generally played in the no-limit format, while Omaha is played in the pot-limit format.

The no-limit format attracts all the players who want a pinch of thrill in their game. The excitement created by this format has gathered love for Holdem, commonly played in the no-limit format.

This factor has acted in the increased popularity of Texas Holdem than Omaha. It is possible to find a no-limit Omaha game online, but it is a rare occurrence.

Making Hands

Omaha generates a lot of action as compared to Texas Holdem because of the value each hand represents, and a player’s style of reacting to them.

A pair of aces is a premium hand in Holdem and is also a strong hand in Omaha. However, a professional Omaha player would play such hands warily because the other two cards can effectively turn a good hand into a trash hand.

Complexity

The complexity level of both formats varies due to different reasons such as the expertise level of a player and betting structure.

In case of a new player, Omaha can be a more complex game because you have to see how nicely your hole cards interact with the community cards. Additionally, you have to put your opponent in a range of hands, someone who is holding 4 hole cards instead of 2 (in Holdem).

However, if you’re a professional, then it all boils down to your preference and your style of playing.

Standard of Play

The competition has risen exponentially in case of Texas Holdem which makes a professional player who plays Holdem a better-versed player than an Omaha player. This factor owes to the fact that there is easy access to study material- both online and offline for Holdem players as compared to Omaha players.

If you ask what to choose amongst the two- there is no correct answer to that question. While Holdem is relatively easier to learn and is easily available, Omaha offers higher profit margins. Deciding to learn both can be the smartest idea.

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