Learn How to Play Omaha Poker Online
Omaha Poker is played similarly to Texas Hold’em in most respects. Omaha Poker, like Hold’em, is a flop game, and the community board cards are laid out in exactly the same manner as in Hold’em: three card flop; one card turn; one river card. Button and blinds operate exactly like Hold’em.
However, unlike Hold’em, in Omaha, each poker individual player holds four private hole cards from which to choose to combine with the community cards. A player MUST use TWO cards from his or her hole cards combined with exactly THREE cards from the board. To reiterate, out of the four hole cards, a player must use exactly two and only two of the four cards, and must combine those two hole cards with exactly and only three cards from the board. Rank of hands is exactly the same as in Hold’em, and only the best high hand takes (or splits, in case of a tie) the pot.
Omaha Poker Rules:
- Omaha Poker is a community poker game that can be played with anywhere from 2-10 players.
- One player acts as dealer. This position is called the button and it rotates clockwise after every hand.
- The two players to the left of the dealer are called the small blind and the big blind, respectively.
- These two positions require forced bets of a pre-determined amount and are the only players to put money in the pot before the cards are dealt (if no ante in place).
- Every player then receives FOUR cards face down. These are called “hole” cards.
- Once all hole cards have been dealt, the first betting round begins with the player sitting immediately to the left of the big blind. This player can fold, call (match the amount of the big blind) or raise.
- Betting then continues clockwise, with each player having the option to fold, call the amount of the highest bet before them, bet or raise.
- When the first betting round is completed, three community cards are flipped face up on the table. This is called the flop.
- The betting resumes, clockwise, with each player having the option to check (if no bet is in front of them), bet (or raise if a bet is before them), call or fold.
- When the second round of betting is finished, a fourth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the turn.
- The third round of betting commences with the first remaining player sitting to the left of the button.
- When the third round of betting is over, a fifth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the river.
- The fourth round of betting starts with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. The betting continues to move clockwise.
- The showdown occurs: all players remaining in the hand compare cards. In Omaha, to win part of the pot, you must show all four cards, though you can and must use exactly TWO and only TWO cards from your hole cards, plus three on the board. It is essential to remember this fundamental difference from Hold’em; in Hold’em you can use one or none of your hole cards! In Omaha, you MUST USE TWO HOLE CARDS.
OMAHA Poker HI/LO 8
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Omaha Hi/Lo play procedure follows exactly the same steps as Omaha. The twist is that the final pot is split between the best high hand and the lowest hand. It is possible that one player may take both sides of the split pot; namely, a player can make the best high hand AND the best low hand from the combination of hole cards and community cards.
Omaha Hi/Lo is played “8 or better” for low. In order to Qualify for a low hand to split with the high hand, the highest card in a low hand must be 8 or lower. Also, a low hand cannot contain a pair. So, a hand like A 2 2 3 5 does not qualify for a low, even though the highest card in that hand is a 5. Pairs kill a low hand, but straights and flushes do not. The best low hand is A 2 3 4 5. Such a hand is called a “Wheel” because not only is it the best low hand, it can turn around and be used as a straight to attempt to take the high end of the pot as well.
The most powerful of all Omaha Poker hands in a Hi-Lo game is a “Steel Wheel” which is A 2 3 4 5 of the same suit… it is the best low as well as being a straight-flush for high.
The procedure of play is exactly the same as Omaha High, but the High and Low hands split the final pot at showdown, IF there is a qualified (8 low or better) low hand; if there is no low, then the high hand wins it all.
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