The Rules of Omaha Poker
Omaha Poker is very similar to Texas Hold’em with a couple of different game-changing factors. Firstly, instead of two hole cards each player is dealt four hole cards.
Secondly, in Omaha players must make the best possible hand using exactly two of their hole cards (no more and no less) and three from the five community cards.
So if your hole cards are 3♠ 5♣ 9♦ A♥, and the community cards are 2♠ 5♥ 10♥ Q♥ K♥, you do not have an A♥-High Flush (5♥ 10♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥), as you have only used one hole card, rather than the two necessary, but instead have a pair of 5’s (5♣ 5♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥).
In Pot Limit Omaha (most popular form of Omaha Poker), the maximum a player can bet is the amount that is in the pot. For example, a $100 bet is the biggest that can be made into a $100 pot.
Positions on the poker table – Big Blind, Small Blind & Dealer Explained
The image shows the positions that you should know before playing online poker. The “Dealer” chip will move clockwise around the table after every hand.
- Big Blind – The player on the left of the small blind. The big blind is the same as the minimum bet size.
- Small Blind – The player immediately left of the dealer has to post the small blind.
- Dealer – Each hand has one designated dealer. The dealer position determines the small and big blind positions. The dealer button is passed clockwise after every hand.
Your options at the poker table – Check, Bet, Raise, Call or Fold
In each round of betting, the player has the option to do each of the below.
- Fold – The player feels they can’t win the hand, so forfeits any chips they have in the pot. They give their hole cards back to the dealer without showing anybody.
- Check – If there is no new bet, the player can pass the bet to the next player without betting or folding. But if another player raises before the round of betting is complete, the player will then need to call, re-raise or fold.
- Bet – The player bets a certain amount based on the strength of his cards (or bluff if they’re feeling adventurous). The bet must be more than the Big Blind.
- Call – If a bet has been made before it reaches the player, they can choose to Call to match the bet. If you don’t have enough to match the
- Bet and you still want to play, you can go “All-In”; but you can only win the amount of chips you have left.
- Raise – You can choose to bet more than the other bets that have been previously made. It needs to be at least double any previous bets made.
Just like Texas Hold’em, there are four betting rounds during a hand of Omaha.
The Pre-Flop – Everybody gets their first two cards (Hole Cards)
The betting round that takes place after the players receive their four hole cards and before the flop takes place.
The Flop – 3 Community (Everyone’s) cards are dealt
After the first three community cards are dealt face up on the table, a betting round takes place as you combine two of your hole cards and all three community cards to make your best five cards combination.
The Turn – A 4th community card is dealt
The fourth community card is dealt and a third betting round takes place. The player must combine two of their hole cards with three of the four community cards on the table to make their best five-card hand.
The River – A final 5th community card is dealt
The fifth and final community card is dealt and the last betting round takes place. The player uses two of their hole cards and combines them with three from the five community cards to make their best hand.
If there’s 2 or more players left, the betting that continues is the showdown
When there are two or more players who are still in play after the river, it’s time for a showdown. Once all betting is done, the player with the strongest hand is determined and they take the pot. If the showdown ends in a tie, the pot is split evenly among the winning players.
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