Omaha Hi or just Omaha is played in a similar fashion to Texas Holdem, except that nine cards are played, creating a wider range of mathematical combinations. This makes for a much more sophisticated game where you have to be good in.
Omaha rules are really similar to Texas Holdem, so if you experience in those you are almost there. If you don't, they're easy to learn. The basic differences are these: each gambler is dealt four hole cards (rather than 2), and the showdown uses 2 of their hole cards along with 3 board cards (instead of a choice of any combinations of board and hole cards).
Poker rooms offer both Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi-Lo to their players. The differences between the games involve the manner the pot is shared. In Omaha High, the person with the strongest combination takes the whole pot, while the pot Omaha Hi-Lo is split between the gamblers who hold the strongest and lowest poker combinations.
And remember - exactly TWO pocket cards MUST be played to make a combination - no more, no less. In this guide we will learn all important steps to help you feel comfortable on the poker tables.
Blinds. Omaha Hold’em is played with a obligatory bet called blinds. Before the cards are dealt, the first two persons, known as Big and Small Blind, immediately to the Button’s left side are forced to place a small and a big blind accordingly to fill a initial pot.
The Deal. Each player is dealt four cards from the deck, known as hole cards. The cards are open only to the person holding them.
Betting. After the deal, there is a pre-flop round of betting. The player after the Big Blind begins the first. Depending on prior activity in the hand a player has the rights: check, call, bet, raise, re-rase or fold. The action proceeds clockwise around the poker table several times if there are raises and re-raises. The betting round concludes when all persons have either called the last bet or folded.
Buying the Pot. If during a round of betting you make a bet and all opponents fold to you, you've stole the pot. You have the option to demonstrate or muck your hand.
The Flop (third street). The flop consists of 3 cards being dealt face up in the middle of the board. These are communal cards, they are common to the players.
Another betting round will now follow, beginning from the 1st active person, a.k.a “under the gun” (to the dealer’s left) and proceeding clockwise around the poker table.
The Turn (fourth street). After the second round of betting, the fourth community card is given. The third betting round begins, starting with the first remaining person to the button’s left side who is still in the game.
The River (fifth street). The final card is the river. The fifth street is dealt open in the middle of the poker table, and is also a common card. The idea is to get the strongest 5-card hand from the seven accessible (the two hole combined with the five board cards).
The last round now follows in the same manner as early rounds. Those players that still remain after the ending of the betting round then go to the showdown.
The Showdown. It's time to demonstrate the hole cards. The active gambler's cards will be shown moving in a clockwise manner, unless a hand is weaker than the best combination shown. In this case, you'll have the choice to show, or muck (without opening). The highest five-card hand gets the pot.