Poker basics – Omaha Poker

July 20, 2010

Omaha Poker

same to Omaha Hi/Lo Poker and Texas Hold’em, Omaha, required its two to ten players to create the best five-card combination from a total of nine cards.The pot is won by the strongest combination . Because the nine cards are made up of five community cards and four hand cards , the resulting combinations are stronger than those in other Poker Games.

How to play the game

The game begins with the players from the left of the dealer by posting the blinds . The player on the Dealer’s left posts a small blind and the player on the Small Blind’s left places a big blind. Each player receives four pocket cards .  In the first round, the player to the Big Blind’s left plays first and can either Fold/ Bet/ Raise.In the second round the Flop is dealt then  a round of betting follows and the players can either Check/ Fold/ Call/ Raise. In the third round, the Turn is dealt . Another betting round follows . The River is dealt, this starts the final round of betting . After the betting ends, the remaining players, can use 2 out of their 4 pocket cards and any 3 community cards out of the five from the table to create the strongest 5-cards possible hand

To improve you winning chances, use the next strategies :

  1. Watch out for the low cards, you are looking for a high hand only ;
  2. As there are five community cards that you can select from, Straights and Flushes are common .

Omaha Hi/Lo Poker

A very popular version of Omaha Poker is the Omaha Hi/Lo variation and, is also known as Omaha/8.In this game, the highest hand and the lowest hand split in half the winning pot . The low hand must contain an 8 or better, and pairs.. For these two hands you can use different cards , and it is possible to win both the low and the high  pot. If there is no qualifying low hand, then the high hand wins the whole pot. As in Omaha, you must use two cards from your hand and three cards from the community cards, but you can use a different two cards for your high and low hands.

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