Omaha poker can be classified as one of the derivatives of the Texas Hold’em. In this game all of the players are provided with four “hole cards”. These cards are to be used along with the five community cards dealt by the dealer to form a best hand. Players are required to use three of the community cards along with two of their hole cards to create the best poker hand.
The most prominent difference between Omaha poker and Hold’em is that the players are provided with four hole cards instead of two as in the latter. The similarity between these two games is that both of these games are community card games with a flop, turn and river along with somewhat same betting rounds in the game play.
Formats of Omaha Poker
Omaha poker can be broadly classified into three different formats depending upon the betting limits. The three types of Omaha poker games are
- Pot Limit Omaha Poker
- No Limit Omaha Poker
- Fixed Limit Omaha Poker
Pot Limit Omaha Poker: In this type of Omaha Poker, you can only bet that amount which is currently available in the pot. This means that if there is £50 pot then you can only bet with £50. This variant of Omaha Poker is the most popular one.
No Limit Omaha Poker: This variant allows the player to bet any amount as per his or her wishes.
Fixed Limit Omaha Poker: There is a definite betting limit for each game and for every round of the game.
It should be noted that the basic game play of the three variants mentioned above remains the same with slight difference in the betting structure.
Game Play of Omaha Poker
Omaha poker comes in two variations that are Omaha High and Omaha 8 or Better. The Omaha High is quite similar to Texas Hold’em and game play involves creating a best high hand to win the pot. On the other hand in Omaha 8 or Better, the pot gets divided between two players having the high and low hand. There is a condition called 8 or better in this type which makes it compulsory that a player with lowest hand must have five different cards lower than eight.
Basic Game Play for Omaha Poker
The Pot Limit and No limit Omaha are usually referred by their size of blinds allowed in the game. For example if a game involves a small blind of £1 and big blind of £2 then it is referred as £1/£2 Omaha. The difference between these two and Fixed Limit Omaha is that the blind must be of the size of small bet and the latter should be half the amount of the big blind.
Once all the players are dealt with their hole cards, the player sitting next to big blind (clockwise) starts the betting.
Pre Flop: Players after going through their cards are now provided with a choice of calling or raising the big blind. The action starts with the player sitting on the left side of big blind with his or her options of fold, call or raise.
The Flop: It commences when the first round of betting is complete. The flop is dealt face side up for the players still in the game. Betting commences again.
The Turn: When the second betting round is completed, the “turn” which is fourth community card is dealt. Another round of betting takes place.
The River: After completion of the betting, the fifth and the final community card called “River” is dealt face side up on the board. Betting starts again between the active players.
The Showdown: If there are two or more players, still active in the game, the last person who had made the bet or raise shows his cards and the remaining players do the same. The player with the best five card hand wins the pot.