Basically, Omaha Poker is a variant of Texas Hold’em poker. The difference is that instead of each player receiving two cards, they receive four. Two of these cards are used with three of the five community cards to try and make the best five-card hand.
You can play where a limit is set for each game and on each betting round in Limit Omaha. Or you can play Pot-Limit Omaha poker where you bet the amount that’s in the pot.
Like Texas Hold’em there is a disc to indicate the player that acts as the dealer position for the upcoming game. This is the player who is sitting immediately clockwise of the button. This ‘dealer’ places a bet called the ‘small blind’, which is usually half the value of the small bet for the stakes at the table.
The player immediately clockwise of the small blind then places a ‘big blind’. This bet is equal in value to the small bet for the stakes at the table. Following the placing of the blinds, all the players receive four hole cards.
Now the player immediately left of the big blind places his/her bet, followed by the other players, going in a clockwise direction. When all the players have played – whether folding, calling, betting or raising – the three Flop cards (community cards) care dealt onto the board, face up.
The players again act, beginning with the player directly left of the button. Following this a fourth community card, the Turn is dealt face up. During this round the betting doubles from the small to the big blind value.
Following this round of betting the fifth community card, the River is dealt. Once all bets have been made, the players who still remain in the game reveal their cards. The player with the best hand wins the game. For the next game the button is moved clockwise to the next player.
Omaha poker, like three card poker, is a more technical game than Texas Hold’em. The best strategy is to play aggressively when you have the best hand – straight, flush or full house. You are more than likely to be playing with four or five other players so it is unlikely that you will win without a flush or full house.
Getting to the River with a two pair is more than likely not going to cut it. There are just too many good combinations that could be made. Your starting hand is crucial, much more so than in Texas Hold’em. That is because you are working off four cards and therefore need strong combinations.
In Pot-Limit Omaha poker, in particular, if the odds are in your favour either bet or raise. If they are not then quickly fold. Don’t call just for the sake of it, unless you have a good reason for doing so, such as wanting to trap your challenger.
And bluffing won’t help you like it would in Texas Hold’em, as it is a hand-driven game.
So they are the basics to Omaha poker. If you fancy giving it a go, check out reputable and trustworthy poker rooms at bookmakers such as Betfair or Ladbrokes. Alternatively, poker specific sites like FullTilt and Poker Stars are also good options.