Poker Strategy: Combo Draws in PLO
by Deke Marston
|If you want to play profitable
Omaha poker, you have to understand the draw. Drawing hands can be so powerful that you
can actually come out ahead, even if your opponent is holding a set. If you're holding a
combo drawing hand such as 7d8dTcQc and your opponent has a killer-looking hand with
6h6dJhJc, a board such as 6c9dJd gives you 66% pot equity, even if your opponent has a top
With two sets, a player has two cards removed from the deck that can give them a full
house. A combo hand like the one described above gives you a flush draw, a massive
straight draw and even a backdoor flush draw. That means you're 2:1 to win! Let's break
down what two types of hands can make great combo draws and how to play them.
Four Connected Cards
Holding four connecting cards that make chunk of a straight, something like 5-6-7-8 will
give you the greatest probability of getting a straight draw on the flop. In fact, it's
possible that you can see a wrap straight draw that gives you the chance to make multiple
straights with the hand you're holding.
Connected And Double Suited
Even stronger than the four connected cards is a connected string of cards that are
double-suited. While you do need to hit your draws on the flop to have a strong hand,
you've got a combination that offers up the nuts more often. The only problem is that you
need to be careful with double-suited connected cards: don't raise with them right off the
bat. Yes, a hand like 9dTdJsQs has a good chance of winning, but you need to board to
complete what you're holding.
You Need The Flop
You're not going to choose which cards hit the flop, but you do get to choose the flops
that you're going to play. If you're holding 9dTdJsQs, you're aiming to flop the nuts or
hit enough draws that going to the next hand is an easy choice to make. With the hand
described, hitting 9dQd3c is near-perfect: you hit the top pair, you have a flush-draw and
a straight draw that works both ways. You've got a good chance of holding the best hand
before the turn and you have a number of redraws open for you.
Even if another player holds KQ and keeps playing, any King they hit completes your
straight. You really only need to be concerned that someone has flopped a set or they've
got the Ace-High draw on the Diamond flush. The key is to make sure that you've got as
many outs as possible. If you've got a single draw, you're maxing out at nine outs versus
holding a combo hand that can increase that number to almost double.
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