Hello everyone. My name is Sarah Grant. You're watching Poker News and, I'm about to teach you Omaha.
Omaha poker is an exciting game derived from Texas Hold'em. Each player is dealt four private cards know as hole cards, which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the board. In Omaha games, all players use exactly three of the community cards together with two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. No more, and no less. For more information on hand rankings, keep scrolling through the Poker News rules section.
Types of Omaha Poker Games
There are several types of Omaha Poker Games. Pot Limit Omaha Poker a player can bet what is the pot i.e. $100 into a $100 pot. This is the most popular form of Omaha Poker. In No Limit Omaha Poker a player can bet any amount, up to all of their chips. In Fixed Limit Omaha Poker there is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting.
In Omaha, a marker called the button or dealer button indicates which player is the nominal dealer for the current game. Before the game begins, the player immediately clockwise from the button posts the small blind, the first forced bet. The player immediately clockwise from the small blind posts the big blind, which is typically twice the size of the small blind but, the blinds can vary depending on the stakes and betting structure being played.
Betting action in Omaha Poker
Each player is dealt their four hole cards. Betting action proceeds clockwise around the table starting with the player under the gun which is immediately clockwise from the big blind.
After seeing his or her hole cards, each player now has the option to play his or her hand by calling or raising the big blind. The action begins to the left of the big blind, which is considered a live bet on this round. That player has the option to fold, call or raise.
After the first round of betting is complete, the flop is dealt face-up on the board. The flop is the first three community cards available to all active players. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues.
When betting action is completed for the flop round, the turn is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in an Omaha game. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues and, then you have the river.
When betting action is completed for the turn round, the river is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in Omaha poker. The final round of betting begins and the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Finally, we have the showdown.
If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last person to bet or raise shows their cards. Unless there was no bet on the final round in which case the player immediately clockwise from the button shows their cards first. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. But remember in Omaha, players must use two and only two of their four hole cards in combination with exactly three of the cards from the board.
Button then move clockwise and the action starts again.