Omaha Poker – How to Play

Omaha PokerOmaha Poker is one of a group of so-called community card games.  The game first appeared in Detroit in the early seventies, it was first known as “twice three”.

The game quickly spread across the big cities in the north and midwest of the US, especially Chicago and New York.

The early five-card version of Omaha to eight players so it ended up being largely replaced by a four card version. It was also known as “Fort Worth” in Dallas and “Oklahoma two by four” in Oklahoma City. It was also known as “nine cards” in Seattle.

Finally it found fame in Nevada during 1982 when it was introduced to the card halls of the Golden Nugget Casino, it became popular instantly. In 1983 it became the most popular game for poker tournaments in Nevada.

The Object of the Game

In Omaha the players try to win money by either out betting the other players out of the pot, or by showing the best hand at the end of the game.

A good strategy is to bet lean when you have a poor hand and bet high when you have a good hand. That way you save your money for when the odds of winning are better.

Players compete for the pot to which all players contribute by way of betting. If playing in a casino the pot will be held in casino chips.

The cards are dealt randomly and each player attempts to make the best hand to win the pot. It is not always the best hand which wins. The pot is awarded at the conclusion of each hand. The game is played hand by hand and players can join or leave the game between hands. When a players folds their cards any claim on the pot is forfeited.

It is an extremely psychological game. The players make decisions based on their prediction on events. The decisions are bet, raise, call or fold and it can be a game of bluff. Players can improve their position by being deceitful because the primary cards dealt can be kept secret.

The object in Omaha is to make the best four-card hand.

How to play Omaha poker

It is important for the players to read all visible cards and pay attention to the dead cards.

Omaha Poker is probably the second most popular game of poker behind Texas Holdem. The reason for that is because it is so easy to play and the games can get very exciting with lots of action. It is interesting for novices and professionals alike.

Firstly the dealer is selected, each player is dealt a single card face up and highest card wins. Aces are high and in the event of a tie the suit order comes into play, the order high to low is Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and finally Spades.

The cards will be shuffled by the appointed dealer and each player is dealt four cards face down but only two are used to make a hand. It can be played with two to ten players.

First Betting Round

Before the cards are dealt the blinds are put out. The player to the left of the dealer puts out the “small” blind and the player to the left of the small blind puts out the “big” blind. The value of the blinds is determined before the first game commences.

Players can call the big blind amount or the raised amount it they have a good hand. Not forgetting it may be improved in the flop round.

If a player’s hand is really good there is the option to raise. Players can also fold their cards and forfeit their first betting blind.

When all players have made their decision the first or preflop betting round is over.

Dealing the flop

As soon as the preflop betting round is concluded the flop is dealt. The dealer removes the top card on the deck and discards it face down, this is called the burn card.

The dealer the deals three community cards face up in the middle of the table.

The Second Betting Round

The first player to the left of the dealer begins. Remaining players are known as live players. This betting round is sometimes known as the flop betting round.

Each player can either check or bet, players are not required to bet or fold. A bet in this round is typically equal to the big blind. Players can check for free.

Dealing the Turn

The turn begins with the dealer discarding the card on the top of the deck, face down, another burn card.

Another new community card is dealt in the middle face up, next top the flop.

The Turn Betting Round

This betting round is the same as the second or flop except that the betting limit is normally double that of the big blind.

Dealing the  River

After the turn betting round has been completed the final community card is dealt. The first card from the deck is discarded face down and the next card is the final community card. It is dealt face up in the middle.

The Final Betting Round

The final betting round on the river is the same as for the turn betting round.

Enter the showdown.


Remaining players show their hands and the player with the best ranked hand wins the pot.

Then a new game begins.

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