How to Play Omaha Poker

How to Play Omaha Poker

Omaha Poker is considered a variation of Texas Hold’em Poker. In both games players are dealt cards which they combine with community cards to form the best possible poker hand. Both games employ a four-round betting structure. Nobody calls this game "Omaha Holdem" - just "Omaha".

While similar to Texas Hold’em, Omaha Poker is often considered a thinking man’s version of poker. The major differences between Omaha and Hold’em are that in Omaha, players are dealt four pocket cards and must use exactly two of them when forming the best possible five-card poker hand.

Starting the game

The game is identical to Texas Hold'em in respect to dealer button and blinds.

Dealing the cards

In Omaha Poker, each player is dealt four hole cards (also known as "pocket" cards) instead of the two dealt in Hold’em. In order to make a hand, the players must use precisely two hole cards out of the four in combination with exactly three cards from the board.

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Betting rounds and community cards

The betting rounds, the blinds structure, and the dealing of the community cards are identical to Texas Hold'em. The 1st round of betting takes place; then
The flop (3 community cards) is dealt face up; then
The 2nd round of betting takes place; then
The fourth community card (also known as the "turn") is dealt face up; then
The 3rd round of betting takes place; then
The fifth community card (also known as the "river") is dealt face up; then
The 4th and final round of betting takes place.

The winner

At the showdown each remaining player's hole cards are considered to verify who won the pot. The player with the best five card hand is the winner of the round and wins the pot. If there are multiple poker winners with the same hand, the pot is split between these players.

 

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