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Feb 03, 2011 No Comments

.05e saw the new Omaha filters added and I've finally had a chance to sit down with them.  One thing I always love looking at, especially Omaha, is EV.  Check out the EV report or add the EV$ next to your winnings in your favorite report to see if you are getting lucky or unlucky.  EV is critical when analyzing your game, you can't just look at the won or loss figures because they only tell you the results.  To see how you are really doing, you should be using EV too.  Check out the EV video in the FAQ's for more information about EV. 

In my limited time with Omaha there tends to be big EV swings vs Holdem.  This is probably the poker player in me asking why I'm always on the negative side of EV.  🙂  Well, that's a totally different subject for a different blog post.  Lets dive into the Omaha Filters and hopefully you can learn a thing or two about Omaha game analysis.

Below are the new Hole Card filters.  I'll hit each of the filters so they hopefully make sense to those beginner-intermediate Omaha players like myself.  Here's a link since the below image is a little small.


Before we start, these are all hole cards.  These are not made hands for the flop, turn or river.  All preflop hole cards.

Hole Card Pairs

Hole Card Pairs simply asks if you have any pairs in your hand.  For hands where you do have a pair you can filter it deeper by:

  • At least
  • At most
  • Between
  • Equal to

Use these options to specify exactly what pairs you want returned with the filter.


Hand Texture

Hand Texture tells HM what texture of hand to return.  This is broken down by:

  • Number of Broadway cards
  • Number of Mid cards
  • Number of Small cards

So a typical filter you might use for hi/lo here is 2 Broadway and 2 small cards but you can filter for any combination your heart desires. 



Suitedness is fairly straightforward.  You can have a singe suit here or double suited.  You can also define a ace suited or non-ace suited starting hand.

  • Any
  • Four Different Suites
  • Non Ace Suited
  • Ace Suited
  • Double Suited


Rundown and Wraps

Rundown and Wraps get me excited.  The more I learn Omaha the more I've realized I need to play more hands like this.  The Rundown and Wraps allow you to filter starting hands by:

  • Any
  • Two Card
  • Three Card
  • Four Card

Once you've selected a wrap from above, select the gap size.  This is also customizable to:

  • At least
  • At most
  • Between
  • Equal to

I always get excited when I get a 4 card no gap wrap.  But when I look in my database filtering for this I see I'm a loser; however, when I look at the EV it says I should be a winner in these spots.  This is a perfect example of how EV tells the true story.  If I just looked at results I'd be scratching my head on why I'm losing with these hands. 

Hopefully this gives you some pointers on how to use the new Omaha Hole Card filters to analyze your game better.



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