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Omaha

If you know Texas Hold'em it will be easy to learn how to play Omaha. There are two major differences between Omaha and Hold'em you need to know:

  • You receive four cards, rather than two.
  • You must use exactly two of your own cards and combine them with exactly three of the five cards available to all players.

The Dealer

The dealer is identified by a disc, called the 'dealer button'. The cards are dealt around the table, starting with the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

After each hand has been completed, the 'dealer button' moves clockwise to the next active player.

Time to Play

The Deal

After the blinds are put into the pot each player is dealt four cards face down. Only you can see your own cards.

On the first round, the betting starts with the first active player to the immediate left of the big blind. The minimum bet in this round is the size of the big blind. Each player then has one of three choices: call, raise, or fold.

The Flop

Once the first round of betting is over, three cards are dealt face-up on the board. These three cards are known as the flop. They are available to all players who are still in the game. Betting in this round begins with the player to the left of the dealer.

The Turn

When betting is completed for the flop round, the turn card is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth card dealt face-up. The same rules apply as in previous betting rounds.

The River

When betting action is completed for the turn round, the river card is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final card dealt face-up and the same rules as 'the turn' apply.

The Showdown

When all the betting is done, the player with the best 5 card hand wins the pot.

Types of Omaha

There are two different types of Omaha poker games:

  • Limit Omaha: Players must bet a pre-determined fixed amount per each round. The betting amount is equal to the big blind for the first two rounds of betting and doubles up for the last two rounds of betting. A maximum of 4 bets is allowed per round which includes a bet and three raises.
  • Pot Limit Omaha: The minimum amount a player can raise must equal or be greater than the last bet or raise within the same round. The maximum a player may bet is equal to the amount in the pot including his call before making the raise.

Omaha Hi-Lo games

On top of our two regular Omaha games, we offer two Omaha Hi-Lo games. In Omaha Hi-Lo the pot may be shared between a player holding the high (Hi) hand and a player holding the qualifying low (Lo) hand. A high hand is the same as the usual winning hand in a game of Omaha. A low hand is a five card hand that includes non-paired cards from ace to eight. If no low hand exists, the pot goes entirely to the high hand.

  • Limit Omaha Hi-Lo: Players must bet a pre-determined fixed amount each round. The betting amount is equal to the big blind for the first two rounds of betting and doubles up for the last two rounds of betting. A maximum of 4 bets is allowed per round which includes a bet and three raises.
  • Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo: The minimum amount a player can raise must equal or be greater than the last bet or raise within the same round. The maximum a player may bet is equal to the amount in the pot including his call before making the raise.

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