Omaha also branded as Omaha Holdem poker is a variation of poker, it is a community game that is played with a regular deck of cards and between 2 to 10 people.
If you can play Holdem poker then you should be able to pick up Omaha poker easily. It is extremely similar to Texas Holdem apart from a few little changes in the way the game is played. Omaha Poker is a high hand poker game, the point of the game is to create the best hand you can by using the cards that are available to you, this is the cards you are given in addition to the community cards.
The first difference between Omaha poker and Texas Holdem is that at the start of the game you are dealt four personal faces down cards instead of two. The next difference is that you can’t use all of your four cards; you are only allowed to use two of your cards plus any three of the other community cards.
So in Omaha the rules are that you must play three of five communal cards and only two from your hand of four. Just like Texas Holdem the five community cards are dealt out to the centre of the table face up over stages of betting.
The game play:
Just like Holdem the game starts with the two players left of the dealer posting small and big blinds. After this the cards are dealt out to each of the players, four cards to each player with their faces down so only the player can look at them. Once all the cards are dealt the first round of betting action starts. This starts with the player left of the big blind. At this point players may raise, call or fold their cards.
Once the first round of betting has been completed there is a “flop” this means the first three community cards are dealt out to the centre of the table. Players can now re-asses there hands before the second betting round begins. If no one has placed a bet players may check. However if a bet has been made once again players can fold, raise or call.
After the second round is over a fourth community card gets turned over, this is called the “turn” card. Once again another round of betting, this is the same as the round before.
Finally the very last community card is dealt on to the table, this is known as the "river". There is a final betting round which leads to a showdown. The showdown is where all the players reveal there best poker hand and the winner is decided. The position of the dealer button is then moved one place to the left and the whole game is started again.
Compared to Texas Holdem the winning hands in Omaha are normally much higher hands, this is due to the fact the players have nine cards to create a hand from choose instead of seven so three of a kind and flushes are much more common.