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Omaha Poker is similar to Hold'em poker using five community cards. You'll
find a few different variations of this game including Omaha high only and
Omaha high/low split. It can be played with a structured betting or with
no limits. Here we will explain the Omaha High game with a betting limit.
For example, the lowest limit game you'll find in a casino is probably $2-$4
game. You can only bet $2 or $4 depending on the round of the game.
In casinos Omaha Poker is similar to Hold'em with a button passing from player to player indicating where the betting is to begin. Not all players ante, but blind bets are placed to open the betting.
The first player to the left of the button places a blind bet of the lower limit. The player to their left places a blind get of the higher limit. No other player place blind bets.
The dealer then deals each player four cards face down. The first round of betting begins with the player to the left of the big blind player who may either bet $2 and call or raise another $2 and put in a total of $4. Betting goes around the table until all players have finished raising or folding.
The dealer will burn the top card, in case someone saw it the then flop three cards, turning them face up in the middle of the table. These are community cards, which players may use to make up the best five card hand they can. Another round of betting begins with the player to the left of the button.
The dealer burns another card off the top of the deck and deals another community card face up on the table. Another round of betting begins with a minimum bet of $4.
After this round of betting, the dealer burns another card off the top of the deck and deals another community card face up.
A final round of betting begins with a $4 minimum bet. In some games you'll find a three or four raise maximum, except when it comes down to two players and the number of raises is unlimited.
Players then reveal their hands. Players must use the two cards in their hand and three of the community cards to make up their hand.
There can be two winners on a given hand, if the low hand qualifies. The pot is split between the player with the highest hand and the player with the lowest hand. A low hand qualifies if there are no cards in your five card hand higher than an 8. Since players must use the two cards in their hand and three from the community cards, there must be at least three community cards lower than 8. If there is no qualifying low hand, then the high hand wins the pot. This can be a very exciting game with big pots and people raising with both low hands and high hands.
Why do people play Omaha Poker? Omaha Poker is mathematically simple. If you only proceed with good cards at the start and other players play almost every hand and don't care if they play for one bet or four, the mathematics will give you an edge. This is the best game to make money at, especially if you bankroll is small. You don't need as large a bankroll as you do with Hold'em poker and your win rate will be higher.