Omaha Poker is a game eventually played by many Texas Holdem players. Quite easy to learn as it is played in a similar fashion to Texas Holdem; however, the difference lies in being dealt 4 cards instead of 2. At the time of the showdown (end of round), the players must use 2 of their cards in combination with 3 of the community cards for their five-card poker hand.
OMAHA RULES – HOW TO PLAY OMAHA
First off, understand that in non-live-casino settings there is no dealer provided, so a player must be the designated dealer who acts last on a betting round. A disk or “button” is used to identify the dealer, which is rotated to the left after each round.
Following the above, you are ready to go through the Omaha Poker Steps:
- Before dealing out the cards, the 2 players left of the dealer must bet or ante up a small and big blind. The first player left of the dealer must put down the small blind, which is generally half the amount of the big blind.For instance, if playing in a $0.25/$0.50 No Limit Omaha cash game, the small blind must put down $0.25 and the big blind must put down $0.50.
- After blinds have been posted, the dealer now deals one card at a time (clock-wise) until all players have their 4 cards faced down.
- After the cards are dealt, the players –starting with the first left of the big blind- will have their opportunity to either call the current big blind bet (check), forfeit the round (fold), or “raise” (must be at least the same amount of the big blind). This includes the small and big blind player once their turn arrives.NOTE: If playing in a Pot Limit game, you cannot raise more than the current pot amount.
- After the betting round is over, the dealer will deal the first 3 cards out of the total 5 community cards, known as the “flop”.
- A second betting round begins with the first active player left of the dealer making the choice of “check”, “fold” or “raise”.
- The dealer will deal the forth community card, known as the “turn”.
- Once again, another betting round begins as in step #5.
- The dealer will now deal the fifth and final card, know as the “river”.
- This will give to a final betting round following the above steps. The players still active will then flip over their cards to see who has the best 5-card poker hand to win the pot and giving an end to this round. The button will be moved to the left, and a new playing-round will start.
OMAHA – POKER HANDS
Here you will be able to find examples of the poker hands from best to least strong.
|Royal Flush (must be of the same suit):|
|Straight Flush (must be of the same suit):|
|Four of a Kind:|
|Full House (2 of a kind and 3 of a kind):|
|Flush (all of the same suit):|
|Straight (in order regardless of the suit):|
|Three of a Kind:|
|High Card (when there is nothing better, using your higher value card):|
WHERE TO PLAY OMAHA POKER
As you can see, Omaha is quite similar to Texas Holdem and quite simple to learn. All you have to do now is play to get better. When it comes to convenience, there is no better place than home.