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Omaha Holdem Rules

Söndag 08 Mars, Haylie Kramer

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In Omaha Poker, which is similar to Texas Holdem, the action begins with the position to the left of the dealer; this player is the big blind. The player at the next left is the small blind, which is usually half of the big blind. To begin a hand of Omaha Poker, the blinds are first posted, and then the dealer deals in each player with four hole cards. These four cards are also referred to as pocket cards and represent a player’s hand.  

Playing the game

Like in Texas Holdem and other poker variations, the action in an Omaha Poker game starts at the left position of the big blind. In order to stay in the game, this player must call the big blind or raise the pot. Or, if he doesn’t want to stay in the hand, he can fold. It is often common for players who have nothing in the pot to fold, but Omaha players in the small and big blind are more likely to stay in the hand to protect their blinds. This is the purpose of blinds—to force the action.

In Omaha Poker, the action continues clockwise around the poker table until it reaches the small blind. With only half the blind in, this player may decide to fold, losing only half the blind, or he can call, putting the remainder of the blind in the pot to stay in the hand. If this player has a great hand, he may want to raise the pot. Ultimately, the action must continue through to the player in the position of big blind, who can check or raise. It is least likely for this player to fold because he already has a significant bet in the pot. In Omaha Poker, players will have a better feel for their hand following the flop and more action takes place during this round. 

Placing bets

As in other poker games, in Omaha, after the first betting round is complete, the dealer burns a card and deals the flop, which is the first three communal cards. The game includes another round of betting, and two more rounds, the turn and the river. Both the turn and the river begin with a burn card and are followed by one communal card dealt to the table. By the last round, there are five community cards face up on the table.

Following the final bets, the best five card Omaha hand wins, but the winning hand must be made from exactly two of a player’s hole cards plus three of the communal cards. This is what makes Omaha Poker different than other poker variations and is the only winning hand combination possible in Omaha Poker. Winner takes all, unless two hands share equal rank, and then the pot is split.