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Omaha Poker

Omaha is similar to Texas Hold’em, but instead of being dealt two cards face down you are dealt four cards face down before the initial betting round. Then there is a three card flop, followed by another betting round. Next up comes a one card turn, another round of betting, then a one card river and a final round of betting. So the game’s structure is very close to that of Hold’em. Omaha uses a rotation blind system just like Hold’em, and a table usually seats 9-10 players.


At the showdown, like with Hold’em, you are trying to make the best five card hand possible. You must use two of your four cards in your own hand and three from the community cards on the table.
Omaha is sometimes played with a high/low split. This form of the game splits the winnings between the lowest hand and the highest hand. High/low is the most popular version of the game. Usually for a hand to qualify as a low, it must have five unpaired cards ranked eight or lower e.g. A2378.


A hand containing an ace that is suited to another card in your hand is a great starting position because you can low with the ace and win high with an ace high flush. Starting hands with aces are the likeliest to scoop both the high and low pots – and that is what you are looking for in Omaha High/Low.


Omaha is usually played with a fixed limit or pot limit betting, rather than no limit (although you can of course find Omaha no limit; it’s just a lot rarer than the other two forms). This is mainly because Omaha can be brutal (especially for beginners) on your bankroll. You can lose a lot of money very quickly in a very short space of time. If you know the basics of Omaha though, you can make money online because there are lots of players who haven’t got a clue what they are doing with this game.

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