Learning to Play Omaha Hold-Em Poker
Learning to Play Omaha Hold-Em Poker
Learning to Play Omaha Hold-Em Poker

Learning to Play Omaha Hold-Em Poker

Omaha poker, or Omaha Hold-Em, as it is sometimes known, is not as popular as Texas Hold-em, but still remains a popular poker game at many poker venues, including casinos and online poker tables. Unlike Texas Hold-Em, Omaha Hold-Em poker is played with nine cards - four personal cards and five cards placed in the center of the poker, face up, for all players to use. Each player has to use these nine cards to create the best possible five card hand for themselves.

To play Omaha Hold-Em poker, begin by collecting an ante or token bet from each player to get the pot started. Then, deal four cards to each player. Follow the dealing with a round of betting, with each person either choosing to fold or to meet or raise the previous bet. Next, take the top card from the deck and discard it. This is also known as “burning.” Then, deal the flop, which means dealing the next three cards in the pack face up in the middle of the table. Follow with a round of betting. Again, “burn” or discard the top card of the deck and add the next card in the deck to the other face up cards in the middle of the table so that everyone can now see four community cards. Follow with yet another round of betting. Again, burn the top card on the deck and deal the next card in the deck face-up in the middle of the table. There should now be five cards face up in the middle of the table. Finish with a final betting round for the players who remain in the game.

Now, everyone will look at their cards. Using two personal cards and three cards from the table, each person will have a hand. The person with the highest hand wins the game in most cases, however many Omaha Hold-Em games are played hi-lo. This means that both the person with the highest card hand and the person with the lowest card hand split all the money in the pot.

Omaha Hold-Em poker, like other hold-em styles, depends a lot on position, because the players who bet first have less information to make informed bets than people who bet last. If you bet early, you may want to bet small stakes in order to encourage others to increase the stakes. If you are betting later, betting large may encourage others to fold, possibly leaving you with the winning hand.

Since Omaha Hold-Em lets you look at player cards (the community cards used by everyone) you can make educated guesses about the hands that people may be holding. When playing this style of poker, it is important to look at the community cards and evaluate what the highest hand is possible from those cards. If your hand is much weaker than the best possible hand, then you do not have a great chance of winning the pot, especially if you are playing many other players.

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Date Added: 2005-10-15

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