With so many cards being out on the deal, the board pairing at any stage can cause panic on the table. Depending upon how many people are still in the hand and how the preflop action went will dictate exactly how you play from that point forward. In most cases, if you don’t have a card that matches, you are going to let your hand go. However, that is not always the case and there are times when you can actually steal the pot away.
When you see the flop with multiple callers and you are not on the pair, you absolutely have to let your hand go unless you are on the nut flush or the nut straight draw. Even then, you are going to have to play very cautiously as any match will crush you. This will be more of a feel for your opponents at that point, but be very careful.
The best opportunity that you are going to have to steal away the pot is when you are heads-up with a prefop raiser and a small pair hits the board. As long as you don’t see an A or a K out there, you very well may be able to snatch the hand by keeping the pressure on all the way through the river regardless if you have the matching card or not. The preflop raise is a definitive sign of a player that is sitting with AA or KK in their hand.
Now when the pair hits the board and you do end up hitting your boat, you have to pay particular attention to how you hit the boat. When that river comes around and you are sitting with the low kicker, you may still paying someone off. Throw the bet out there and see what the reaction is. If someone is banging you right back, you may have to actually let the hand go.
When you flop the nuts and there is no danger of anyone outdrawing your boat, you want to encourage the action. You can do this by putting out cautious bets that will now show your hand, but still let everyone know that you have something. With a little luck, someone with a weaker boat will come over the top and you can drop the hammer on them.
Remember, Omaha Poker is a dangerous game when you are playing on a full table. More than likely, the nuts are out there on each and every hand so you need to make sure that you don’t go to aggressive on a hand, regardless of its strength, if it is not the nuts. Learn how to read the board and pay attention to how each and every opponent plays different hands. Do this, and they will be reloading when you catch them with their hand in the cookie jar.