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Omaha Poker

Omaha is a popular poker game among the players in Europe and not only. For the last years, the number of its fans has been surging, so now it is the second in line after Texas Hold’em.

The rules for Omaha Poker are quite similar to the Texas Hold’em, with slight differences. Thus, the players are dealt four cards. A player must use two of their hole cards and three from the board. Ten is the maximum number of players. As in Texas Hold’em, the betting segments repeat themselves and have the same name: Flop – the first three community cards; Turn – a fourth card and River – the fifth and last card.

Playing variations

Omaha has few variations, among which Omaha Hi – where the player is trying to have the highest poker hand of five cards, and Omaha Hi Lo – where the players can both play the highest hand and also the lowest hand, while Ace plays both high and low.

Omaha Hi Lo is also called Omaha 8, and the game is quickly catching among the poker players looking for a change from the good old Texas Hold’em.
As said before, the main difference between the two is that a player will be dealt four cards in Texas Hold’em and five community cards, while in Omaha the number is four cards to each player, but the same community five cards. Likewise, each player has to use two of his hole cards and three cards on the board, whether playing Omaha Hi or Omaha Hi Lo.

Omaha Hi and Omaha 8 in No Limit variation

Very similar to Texas Hold’em in terms of betting, Omaha No Limit the betting limit is as high as desired, whenever the player wants during his turn and the minimum is given by the current high blind.
Omaha Hi and Hi Lo in Pot Limit variation

The most popular variation, Omaha Pot Limit, either Hi Lo or Omaha Hi only, will allow you to bet only on the existent pot at a certain moment. For example, if 200 USD in the pot and raised by 100 USD, you can raise twice by 300 USD, as the bet of the first player has been added in the pot.

Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi Lo with Fixed Limit

For the Fixed Limit Omaha, there is a pre-established manner of betting for each player when his turn is up. Generally speaking, the first two bets are identical and the last two are also identical.

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