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
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