It may seem very trivial to many people but simply knowing the rules of the game is an area that many poker players don’t even bother with. The rules of poker differ somewhat and they certainly differ from game to game with huge differences in how various forms of poker are conducted at large poker sites. For example, I have run across many players who struggle when moving across from saying no limit Holdem to Omaha based on the fact that in Omaha then you have to use two cards in your hand and three from the board.
The game rules in Omaha confuse many a novice player and this can be easily highlighted for example with the following hand. Let us say that in four card Omaha you get dealt the Kc-Jd-10h-8s and the final board is 9s-9d-8c-4h-8h. In Holdem then you would have a full house of nines over eights because you can play one card from your hand. However in Omaha then the rules state that you must play two cards and so you only have one eight from your hand plus one other card! For you to be able to make a full house here then you need to have a four in your hand or a nine or possibly a pair of fours.
Another example could be if the final board is 9-9-4-4-9, taking your previous hand then you still do not have a full house. Remember that you must use only three cards from the middle and so the three nines must combine with two cards from your starting hand. Seeing as you do not hold a pair then you cannot have a full house. You would be amazed at just how many players I have seen commit huge errors in this area and even experienced players who should know better often misread their hand in Omaha. Just like in any form of poker then not knowing the rules of the game can really hurt you where it hurts the most and that is in your pocket.
The bottom line is that poker is a knowledge-based game just like chess and you really need to build up your knowledge first and then the results should improve. This is the process that any winning online poker player follows. There is a saying that knowledge is power……that is true but under no circumstances should you attempt to shortcut that knowledge.