The ten golden rules of Omaha 8 – Rule 9

By | March 4, 2014


9: Rarely or never slow play

There are number of reasons that you should rarely slow play including the following:

  • Omaha is a drawing game and it is rare that you will flop the immortal nuts, for either high or low. You need to charge others to draw against you.
  • Even if you have half the pot locked up, the other half may still be all to play for. As an example, suppose you flop quads with a single low card. Don’t allow your opponents a free pass to a runner-runner low, which will split the pot.
  • Omaha players love to draw and will frequently pay you off when drawing nearly dead.


This is an extract from Omaha 8 or Better: Winning at Hi Low Poker by Andy Mack

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Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

About Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

Andy's first love was chess. Three times a competitor in the British Championships, he has played regularly at international level, achieving the rank of FIDE Master. On a fateful day in 2007 Andy visited Las Vegas for the first time. Since that point, his attention has switched from chess to poker. Initially focusing on Hold'em, Andy has branched out, and has been working hard over the past couple of years to perfect his Omaha 8 game. He also plays all the other variants of the 8 Game. Away from poker, Andy's hero is rock star Iggy Pop. Andy claims to love Iggy's wild man image, although even his best friends would find it hard to compare Andy's solid poker style with that of the Godfather of Punk.