Everyone loves to play suited cards, especially suited cards in very specific situations. This is a point that I have hammered home time and time again in my poker articles, and time to time I will discuss it in articles like these. But there is one more case that makes sense in particular applications, and that is in limited ring games. Sometimes you can really get away with playing suited cards, and in fact, by playing them you might even be able to get the best of them if the other person is an suck out while you arefigure out your poker hand mathematically.
There are a couple of special situations in limit that make playing suited cards excellent possibilities. One of the more well known is that in Omaha/8, you are in fact, raising hands. Unlike in NLHE, you do not need two hole cards to have a raise. You need only a high card, no pairs or three of a kind, and more than that if you have two cards to come that are pairs within their community card sequence. This gives you a lot of leeway in several aspects of your play, and because of that, playing suited cards in Omaha8 is a safer opportunity to be playing in a lot of pots.
Another situation where playing suited cards in Omaha Hi-Lo makes sense is when you are playing the Small Blind and the Big Blind is not yet in play. Neither one of these players are going to chase their half of a low bet size bet out of the pot. In fact, they might fold it pre-flop if they feel the raiser has a hand like AA-JJ-TT. If that is the case, you can then be in the Small blind, and you will be able to make a big sized raise in to try and weed out as many of the drawing hands as you can, giving you better odds of winning the pot.
Suited cards also make a lot of sense in a Turbo STT because you will find that the most powerful cards in a turbo are often the ones that are in your hand pre-flop, and you can often hang around for some monster flops that can double you up. If you have some chips on the table, you can really try to make a lot of bets: you will be more likely to get some action on your monster hands, and if you don’t happen to connect on the flop, you can simply get out of the hand and wait for the next opportunity to be in the Big Blind.
In limit Lowball, you are much better off playing suited cards because you have the predictability in low limit games that you can easily get into a pot with any half-good hand. You know that you are likely to be out-kickered by the professionals if you go up against them, so you have to make sure that you at least have a chance to win. Suited cards in Lowball are very good in that respect.
Suited cards are also good for those times when you do not have a distinct favorite hand, but when you are drawing to a flush or a straight. Those hands are more difficult to play in Omaha, and even in No Limit Hold’em, with the ESPN tape limit, suited cards make for some interesting play decisions.
There is usually a flushed board in 7Meter, and if you happen to hold two cards to the flush, you are going to be facing quite a betting battle. The best plan, as it often turns out, is to get out a bet big and see if you can extract more chips from your opponents. That way, you will end up with the blinds. However, whenever you have a monster, you should try to get some of your opponents to throw a big bet at you, so that you can protect your monster for a more profitable future hand.
Let’s say that you have an ace and a king in your hand. There are several options to you move into on the flop. You either bet strongly at the pot, or you can do the same by shoving it all in. I would recommend the latter, although if you have a big enough raise, you can always get the paranoid players to call. Either way, you need to be confident that you’ve got the best hand before you push the chips forward.
Suited cards also provide another strategic option in that they are not methodical in how they connect with the board. That means that you will have to be very clear about the hands that you are playing, so that your opponents can not guess at the same time that you are trying to do the same thing to them. That can be good or bad depending on the Fleming story.
If you are going to play Omaha more seriously than just a hobby, you should be aware of some of the strategies used by the people at your table.