By Andrew Fullard
Introduction: What is Omaha poker.
Omaha poker also known as Omaha holdem is a community card game and one of many variations of the poker game. The idea of the game is to make the best five card hand you can from the cards available to you, this is the cards you are given plus the community cards.
It is very similar to the popular game Texas holdem apart from a few small changes in the game play. The game can be played with any standard deck of 52 cards and anywhere between 2 to 10 players.
The main difference between Omaha and Texas holdem is that when playing Omaha poker you are dealt out four cards personal at the start of the game instead of just two. However you are only permitted to use two of the four cards plus any three of the five community cards.
The game play:
The game starts with the player to the left of the dealer posting a small blind bet, the player next to that then posts a big blind bet. The cards are then dealt out before the betting starts – four face down cards to each player. Once all the cards have been dealt out the action starts with the player to the left of the big blind, players may bet, raise or fold their cards at this stage.
After betting has stopped the three community cards are then dealt out for everyone to see, in poker terminology this is called the flop. The players can now adjust to the situation and a second round of betting starts. If no one places a bet then players have the option to check, fold or bet. If a bet has already been placed players can choose to call, raise or fold.
Once the betting is over a fourth communal card is dealt out before betting starts again, In poker this card is known as “the turn” card. Once again when betting players have the options to check, raise, call or fold.
Finally the last community card is dealt out, known as the “river card”. Then there is a final round of betting. Once the betting is over the player with the best five-card poker hand wins. The position of the dealer then moves one place to its left and the whole process is started all over again.
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