Omaha Poker Rules
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What is Omaha Poker?
Let’s start with the basics: Omaha Poker is a popular variety of Texas Holdem that uses pretty much the same game mechanics, save for two major differences:
- Each player gets four hole cards instead of just two
- Players are required to use two of their four hole cards (and couple it with three community cards) to build their respective five-card hands
The main objective of Omaha is, just like Holdem’s, to build the best five-card hand at the table and win the pot.
Posting of blinds
Omaha uses traditional Holdem Poker rules when it comes to the posting of blinds. The first two players to the left of the button (i.e., the dealer position that moves one seat to the left after each hand is completed) are required to post the small and big blinds respectively.
The respective amounts of the blinds each of these two players put in are deductible to the total amount of the bets they have to place once the first betting round begins. So, if, for instance, the amount each player is required to match to stay in the game is $6, the players who posted the small and big blinds would only have to make up the difference instead of paying the whole amount.
All players are dealt four hole cards each and the first round of betting begins.
Just like in Holdem, each player may choose to call (i.e., match the current bet amount), raise (i.e., bet more than the required amount) or fold (i.e., take themselves out of the hand) at this stage.
In Pot Limit games, the minimum bet is always equal to the value of the big blind. The minimum raise, on the other hand, is equal to the latest bet or raise amount. This means that if the last bet or raise amount is $2, the next player is required to put in an extra $2 on top of the $2 call amount for the raise to count.
Now, as for the maximum raise, it is always equal to whatever the current size of the pot is, which consists of the total amount in the pot, all the bets on the table and the current call amount.
You can raise as many times as you want in Pot Limit games.
The flop, turn and river
Once the first round of betting is completed, the first three community cards (collectively called the flop) are revealed, and then the second round of betting follows in the same manner as the first one.
After the second round of betting is done, another community card, called the turn, is revealed, followed by another round of betting.
The fifth and final community card, called the river, is revealed afterward, and the last round of betting begins.
Once all the final bets are placed, all active players reveal their best five-card hands, which, again, must consist of exactly two hole cards and three community cards. The player with the strongest hand wins the pot. If there’s a tie, the pot is split evenly among all winners.
Omaha uses the exact same rankings as Texas Holdem:
- Royal Flush – five consecutive suited cards topped by an ace, e.g., Ad Kd Qd Jd 10d
- Straight Flush – five consecutive suited cards topped by a king or lower, e.g., Kh Qh Jh 10h 9h
- Four of a Kind – four cards of the same rank plus one kicker card, e.g., 3d 3h 3s 3c 7d
- Full House – three cards of the same rank plus two cards of the same rank, e.g., 4h 4s 4c 9h 9s
- Flush – five suited cards, e.g., 10c 8c 6c 5c 2c
- Straight – five consecutive cards, e.g., Ad Ks Qc Jh 10s
- Three of a Kind – three cards of the same rank plus two kicker cards, e.g., Kd Kh Ks 9c 3s
- Two Pair – two distinct sets of two cards of the same rank plus one kicker card, e.g., Ad Ac 3s 3h 10d
- Pair – two cards of the same rank plus three kicker cards, e.g., 10d 10c 6h 3d 2s
- High Card – five random cards, e.g., Kd 9c 7c 5s 3h
Ready to play some Omaha Poker?
There you have it! We’ve pretty much covered everything you need to know to play Omaha Poker. But before you sign up for your first game, it would be a good idea to learn some strategy first, and once you’re ready to go, sign up for a SafeClub account to enjoy real money poker online anytime, anywhere!
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