A Omaha Poker Quiz – Answers

As promised, here are the answers to the Omaha quiz.  I’ve included at least one location (there may be several) for finding each answer (dependent on my printing of the books). 

The abbreviations used are:
Omaha Poker – 21st Century Edition by Bob Ciaffone (Last Revision, 2008) = OP
Pot-Limit Omaha Poker ”The Big Play Strategy”
by Jeff Hwang (First Printing, January 2008) = PLOP

Here are the Omaha High questions with their answers:

  1. From a “profit” standpoint, which is more valuable: a hand that hits one-fourth of the flops and wins half of those or a hand that hits half of the flops and wins a quarter of those?
    A: a hand that hits one-forth of the flops and wins half of those is much more valuable (OP, p. 47)               

  2. What two cards are an opponent likely holding if he/she reraises an earlier raise?
    A: Aces (OP, pp. 43, 44, 45)            

  3. Which player has the winning hand:
    Player A:  K ♦ J ♦ T ♠ 9 ♠ 
    Player B:  Q ♣ J ♣ 8 ♠ 8 ♥   
    Board:      Q ♥ Q ♦ 7 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 ♣    
    A: Player A with a king-high diamond flush; player B has three queens only (OP, p. 11)           

  4. Compared to Hold’em, position is more or less important in Omaha?
    A: more (OP, p. 13)           

  5. More players normally stay for the flop in Omaha than in Hold’em, true or false?
    A: True (OP, p. 20)           

  6. When it was originally introduced, Omaha was played no-limit.  However, players quickly realized that pot-limit was the superior form.  Why?
    A: because the nuts are out so often that too many pots have all the intricate play removed by a giant all-in bet (OP, p. 23)           

  7. Over _____ of the time that you make a straight will it not be the nuts:
    A. 1/2   B. 1/4   C. 1/3   D. 2/3
    A: “A. 1/2″ (OP, p. 27)           

  8.  What American author once said, “Learning how to play two pair properly is about as expensive as a college education – and is worth about as much”?
    A: Mark Twain (OP, p. 30)           

  9. A normal bet at pot-limit Omaha is half the size of the pot, true or false?
    A: False.  A normal bet is the maximum, which is the size of the pot. (OP, p. 80)           

  10. With the following starting hands, should you Call, Fold, or Raise?  Assume you are first to act before the flop in a nine-handed pot-limit game:
    (1) K ♣ Q ♣ 6 ♠ 5 ♠
    (2) A ♥ K ♥ Q ♦ 9 ♣
    (3) J ♥ T ♥ 9 ♣ 7 ♣ 
    A: (1) Fold. Two Hold’em hands do not make one Omaha hand. (OP, p. 48)
         (2) Raise (OP, p. 48)
         (3) Raise (OP, p. 49)           

  11. Your hand: J ♥ 7 ♥ 7 ♦ 2 ♣    The flop: Q ♠ 7 ♣ 3 ♦
    You are in the big blind.  Five other players see the flop.  You bet, and a little old lady on your left raises.  All the other players fold.  Should you give her credit for a set of queens and fold your set?
    A: I put this question on the quiz because I love Mr. Ciaffone’s answer: “Fold, and keep your mouth shut.  In one hundred cases, she will have three queens ninety-eight times, three crabs and buy the case crab once, and have misread her hand but backdoor a straight once.  She will never show you a bluff.”  (OP, p. 54)          

  12. What is a crab?  (Hint: you will need to know this to completely understand the answer to the previous question)
    A: Nickname for a “3″ (or a trey). (OP, pp. 54, 122)          

  13. What is a freeroll, as it pertains to Omaha?
    A: When two players have the same hand, but one player has a draw to a bigger hand. (PLOP, pp. 13-14, 320)          

  14. In pot-limit Omaha, if there is $25 in the pot before the flop, and the first player bets $25, how much can the next player raise?
    A. $50  B. $75  C. $100  D. $25
    A: “B. $75″.  The pot size includes the amount a player must put in to call the bet. (PLOP, p. 19)          

  15. True or False, eight-card straight draws are trash?
    A: True (PLOP, p. 24)          

  16. In contrast to Hold’em, there is more or less unadulterated bluffing in Omaha?
    A: Less. (PLOP, p. 28)          

  17. What is a wraparound straight draw?
    A: There is a difference between Ciaffone and Hwang about this.   Mr. Hwang says “Technically, any straight draw bigger than an eight-card straight draw is called a wraparound straight draw…though we will reserve that designation for the bigger straight draws in the next section for the time being.” (PLOP, pp. 38, 324)
    Mr. Ciaffone states: ” The number of ways to make the straight is higher if you have the flop “surrounded”, in other words, have the card immediately above and below the flop cards in rank, instead of all above or all below.  When you have the flop surrounded, you are are said to have a “wrap-around straight draw.”  And then a little later, he states: “I have heard the term wrap-around incorrectly applied many times to draws such as these nine and thirteen way straight-draws.” (OP, pp. 36, 37)       

  18. In order to flop a wraparound straight draw, your hand must have a _________ in it.
    A: gap. (PLOP, p. 41)          

  19. True or False, you should pretty much never draw to a non-nut flush when it is not your primary draw:
    A: True. (PLOP, p. 51)          

  20. One of the two best starting hands in PLO is A-A-K-K double-suited.  What is the other one?
    A. A-K-Q-J double suited  B. A-A-A-A  C. A-K-Q-Q double suited  D. A-A-J-T double suited
    A: “D”  (PLOP, pp. 54, 72)          

  21. As a general rule, any hand consisting of four cards ____ and higher is playable and is a premium drawing hand – especially when suited?
    A: ten (PLOP, p. 56)          

  22. All top-gap (i.e. 9-7-6-5, no “8″) hands are _________, unless they contain an Ace.
    A. premium  B. marginal  C. trash
    A: marginal (PLOP, p. 57)          

  23. Which rates as the better hand?
    A. A-K-Q-7 or B. A-K-Q-5
    A: “B”, because of the wheel card adding an extra straight potential (PLOP, p. 60)          

  24. When holding two pair you will flop a set what percent of the time?
    A. 10  B. 32.3  C. 21.4  D. 18.5
    A: “C 21.4″ (PLOP, p. 61)          

  25. When playing out of position, your first priority is to keep the pot multi-way pre-flop.  True or False?
    A: True (PLOP, p. 72)          

  26. You are on the button with A ♦ 8 ♥ 7 ♦ 6 ♥.  There is a raise and reraise to you.  Do you reraise, call, or fold?
    A: fold (PLOP, p. 82)          

  27. What is a blocker?
    A: A pair in your hand that are key cards to a straight, making it less likely that someone else has a straight (PLOP, p. 99)          

Here are the Omaha High/Low (aka Split) questions and their answers:

  1. If there is an odd chip left when the pot is split between the high and the low hand, who gets it?
    A: the high hand (PLOP, p. 181)        

  2. Few hands are playable without this card, what is it?
    A: An Ace (PLOP, p. 186) (OP, p. 59)        

  3. If you have A-2 and a couple of high cards, two low cards have come on the flop, with two cards to come, what are your chances of:
    (1) making any low?
          A. 25%  B. 48%  C. 59%  D. 33%
    (2) of making the nut low?
          A. 15%  B. 38%  C. 49%  D. 23%
    A: (1) “C” (OP, p. 58)
         (2) “C” (OP, p. 58)        

  4. Your hand is T ♥ 9 ♥ 8 ♣ 7 ♣, regardless of position, you should: raise (or reraise), call, or fold?
    A: fold (OP, p. 59)        

  5. What does quartering mean?
    A: When two players tie for one of the pots, usually the low. (OP, p. 64 & PLOP, pp. 214, 322)        

  6. Is there any time when you have flopped the nut straight, and there is not a three-flush on the board, that you should fold to any bet?
    A: Yes (OP, p. 65)        

  7. What is the most important principle in Omaha High-Low?
    A: Build hands that can scoop the whole pot (OP, p. 66)        

  8. Your hand is A ♥ K ♠ Q ♥ 2 ♦, the flop is 8 ♣ 7 ♦ 4 ♥. The pot is three-handed, there was a small pre-flop raise, and a bet and a raise after the flop.  What should you do?
    A: A fold is clear (OP, p. 71)        

  9. What are the only two starting hands with trips that you should even remotely consider playing?
    A: A-A-A-2, suited or A-2-2-2, suited (PLOP, p. 188)        

  10. What is the best starting hand in Omaha Hi/Lo?
    A: A-A-2-3 double-suited (PLOP, p. 192)
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