Omaha Poker

Omaha poker can be a very confusing game if you do not understand the rules, especially if you absolutely don’t have any poker experience at all. If you’ve already played Texas Hold’em, probably you will understand the rules of this game a lot faster. It is very difficult to play, but very confusing if you are new to this game. Everyone needs to start somewhere and eventually what is a better thing to start with than the Omaha poker rules?

The objective of Omaha

The goal of the game is the same as that of most poker games. You try your best to make the best possible five-card poker hand. At the end of the game the player with the highest hand wins everything available in the pot. If there are more players with the same hand, then the money in the pot is equally divided between the players.

Dealing the cards

Each player receives a total of four “hole” cards (cards which are dealt face down for each player personally). These cards are thus dealt face downwards and shall only be visible to that particular player itself. Subsequently, a total of five cards, are dealt on the table, face up. These cards are known as the “community cards”. Each player tries to combine his personal card with the cards on the table, in order to make the best possible hand.

There are a total of four rounds in which the cards are dealt. During the first round, the hole cards of the players are dealt. As mentioned above, each player receives four cards. In the following round, also known as the ‘flop’, three common cards are dealt on the table. Currently there are a total of three cards turned up in the center of the table. In this next round, also known as the ‘turn’ again one card will be dealt face up, which can be used by each player. Finally, the ‘river’ follows, where the fifth and final community card is turned up on the table. Once all have placed their bet the showdown follows.

Betting in Omaha

The betting structure in Omaha is very similar to the sectional structure of the game. You just have to remember that after each new card again you will get a turn to act. Those are the only moments that you have the opportunity to bet. There are also a total of four betting rounds in the game. There are actually three different varieties of Omaha, merely differing in the way of betting. There is Fixed Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit.

Depending on what form is played, the betting limits differ. Anyway, the basic betting structure always remains the same. Very important is that a player is limited to a certain amount which he or she can bet with this varieties. At the beginning of these variants, there is still a small blind and a big blind. On the left of the dealer you can find the small blind and then again left from the small blind you can find the big blind. For example, in a $2/$4 Fixed Limit game the small blind is $ 1 and the big blind is $ 2. After the blinds are placed, the hole cards will be dealt.

From that moment the player on the left of the big blind is the first who gets to decide what to do, call, raise or fold. From that moment a new betting rounds follows after each card has been dealt. The only difference is that in the next rounds the player directly on the left side of the dealer, is the first player able to start off acting. Then the action continues around the entire table until the dealer is the one to move. The betting structure immediately before and after the flop is $ 2. The flop is where the first three community cards are dealt. The bets in the next two rounds, known as the turn and river, will be increased to $4.

Routine leads to more profit

Omaha is a very complicated game that actually requires a lot of experience before it can be played well. Basically it takes years to become a good and experienced Omaha player. Once you are aware of how the game is played, you will very soon be a solid player. However, it takes years of time before you have the experience to cope with every situation in the game. Obviously it is always best to start with the basics. After that you will find yourself a unique and winning Omaha strategy fast enough.