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Omaha Poker Rules

Omaha Poker has very similar set of rules as those to Texas Holdem. The hand  rankings are the same, the betting structure is the same. However the amount of cards dealt at the beginning of the hand varies. The aim of Omaha is to make the best 5 card hand you can from four pocket cards and five cards on the board dealt in total, using only two pocket cards board cards.

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Omaha Stage 1 - First off, the blinds need to be posted. Blinds are there as seed money to make sure everyone keeps the game going. This ensures that players will not just sit there and wait to get the best hand before putting any money in. The movement of the action rotates clockwise around the table and normally two players will pay a blind each hand (i.e. 50c and $1). To know who is to post the blinds then a dealer button is used and it is the two players on the left that need to contribute.

Omaha Stage 2 - Once blinds are posted one, four cards (pocket cards) are dealt (face down) one-by-one to each player. Now the first round of betting takes place. Betting starts with the player to the left of the blind and goes around clockwise.

Omaha Stage 3 - After the betting is finished, three cards are dealt (face up) in the middle of the table, this is called the flop. These are community cards that are shared and seen by all players. These cards are used to help you make the best possible poker hand, using a combination of two pocket cards and 3 cards on the board. Another round of betting commences but this time the player to the left of the dealer button makes the first move.

Omaha Stage 4 - After this round of betting is over then another card is dealt to the communal pile in the middle of the poker table. This is the turn card. Now there are four cards in the community pile, and each player still has their own four cards in their hand. Another round of betting takes place starting at the very left of the dealer button once again.

Omaha Stage 5 - Once the betting is over in this round then the last card is dealt to the communal pile. This is the RIVER! At this point a total of five communal cards will be in the middle of the table and each player still in the hand will have four cards in their hand. This is where you make the best five card hand using a combination of three cards from the board and two of your face down cards. A final round of betting takes place. Once this is over then everyone left shows their cards and the highest hand wins!

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