Omaha High Poker
How to play Omaha High Poker
Omaha high poker is a type of community poker like Texas hold em poker. In fact, Omaha high poker is extremely similar to Texas hold em poker. The two main differences between these two poker games are that in Omaha high poker, the players are dealt with 4 holes cards instead of 2 cards as in Texas hold em. In addition, instead of using 2 hole cards and 5 community cards to form their best possible hand, players have to use 2 hole cards and 3 community cards. Although there seem to be very little differences, the strategy for Omaha high poker is completely different to that of Texas hold em poker. Before the game can commence, the first two players on the dealer's left must place the blind bets as in Texas hold em.
Before the game can commence, in Omaha high, the first two players on the dealer's left must place the blind bets as in Texas hold em. Once the blind bets have been placed, the each player is dealt with 4 hole cards as his private hand. The first round of betting begins after all the cards have being dealt out. Starting clockwise from the player who placed the big blind, this player will have the option to bet, call, raise or fold. The others will then either call, raise of fold. To “call” means placing the same bet as the preceding player.
In Omaha high, after the first 3 community cards have been dealt (the Flop), the second round of betting will ensue. This time, the player who placed the small blind will be the first player to act in the betting round. Again, if this player places a bet, the others will have no option but to call, fold or raise. After the completion of the second betting round, the next sequence of game play in Omaha high poker will be the dealing of the fourth community card, the “Turn”.
After the Turn, the third round of betting will start. The betting round will also begin from the player to the dealer's left. If no bet is placed, then each subsequent player will have to opportunity to call, check, fold or raise. The last card to be dealt in Omaha high poker is the “River”. The final round of betting also comes after the river. Betting will also starts from the player who posted the small blind. This will continue clockwise around the table and like the rest of the betting rounds, players have the option to call, check, fold or raise if no bet is posted.
The showdown takes place if there is more than one remaining player left after all the betting rounds. In Omaha high poker, the players must use of their two cards from their private hand and three of the community cards to make their best hand. In addition, when it comes to a tie, players have to split the pot equally in Omaha high poker.