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/Aug/2013

OmahaG: "What a fish"....the Introduction

By: heyboy17 @ 17:40 (EDT) / 250 / Comment ( 0 )

The life of a part time poker player is all about balance...your job, your life, your family and your part time obsession. However, just because you have a job and other things to do, this does not necessarily mean that you cannot put in the time and the patience to make poker a fun and profitable adventure. But enough of the big picture and the philosophy stuff, I feel like an introduction is neccessary.

 

 

My name is Chris, screename of "heyboy17" on pokerstars and a bunch of other non-relevant names on other sites. Why heyboy17....because the first other 16 heyboys were taken obviously....I have been playing poker off and on now for about 10 years, I did watch the moneymaker main event and it did fill my head with visions of greatness and the anticipation for playing these. I'd make sporadic deposits on a couple sites like partypoker, etc. and was able to run small buy ins up quickly with a inherent lack of bankroll management and the want to gamble. Not surprisingly, luck eventually caught up with me most of the time and id lose almost all my roll before taking out a small win and cursing about how unlucky i got. In reality, I didn't know anything about the game and had gotten lucky in the first place just to get some cash, although the games were softer back then. I was exclusively a holdem player back then, I did not want to expand my learning and felt that one game was enough for me. In 2005, I picked up Super System and Super System 2 from a friend and began to study hard. Over the next 4 months, I would study like mad, play some hands through my mind, pretend I knew what I was doing. Yet, it was during this time that I read the PLO chapter by Bobby Baldwin in Super System II and became instantly fascinated with the game and the possibilities.

I put my poker career on hold for the next 7 years as life took a hold of me. I got my degrees in Organic Chemistry and History (yeah....nice combo), went to teachers college and currently find myself on the absentee teacher list waiting for a few people to retire. However, old teachers are like calling stations in that they try to hold on for as long as possible even when logic dictates that they should get out. As a result, I got a part time job at the end of 2012 and started to rekindle my love for poker again while I waited for a spot on the teaching board. Holdem soon became ancient history to me, I started to find a passion for other games like Badugi, 2-7 Triple Draw and especially, Omaha and Omaha H/L. I would play play money on a couple of sites to get myself comfortable with the game, and I took advantage of some of the training sites free week trials to learn the basics of the game, and some simple strategy. I picked up Phil Gordon's Little Gold Book and was intrigued by the concepts presented in it, and the keys to winning in it. I would read articles on the game, picked up more books and learned about the philosphies the psychology of players who played it because I had so much free time that I wanted to make the best of it. I used PSO to learn about my most pressing need, the concept of bankroll management. I have always been a spewtard with chips, treating them as not money but as a means to get what I want, and I always had a lust for more even when I needed to be more conservative. These lessons gave me the confidence I required to deposit again on pokerstars in the spring of 2013, beginning at 2PLO. From that initial 50, I have advance to almost a four-figure bankroll in a few short months and maintaining a 30 buy-in minimum for a give cash level, have advanced to PLO25 through hard work and simple guidelines. All it took was some patience and a willingness to keep learning, that you don't know anything really and that any information you gather is good for you.

The best advice I have ever received for omaha is one simple concept: Always draw to the nuts. I have personally tried to amend that concept into a two part statement: Always draw to the nuts and make them believe that you have the nuts, even if you don't. This is my simple philosophy for a easy game to learn but a difficult one to make the most correct decision at any given time. This blog is intended to be used as analysis for some of my key hands as I try to work my way up the proverbial bankroll ladder to try and improve my game. As well, I intend to share my philosophies of the game that have gotten me to this point in my game in the hopes it might help someone else. I hope I can receive feedback from the community that is as honest as the information I have read on this site, and hope that we can both learn from it. In conclusion, I have been called "fish" a lot by people, but it is the fish that learn to swim elsewhere that can help them in the long run, and that's all I hope to do.

In Omaha We Trust

Heyboy17

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