Rules for Omaha
Omaha, a.k.a. Omaha Holdem, is a variant of community card poker, derived from and similar, in many respects, to Texas Holdem. However, in Omaha, each player is dealt four ‘hole’ cards, exactly two of which must be combined with exactly three community cards to form a complete, five-card hand.
So-called ‘Pot Limit’ Omaha, in which the maximum bet, at any stage, is equal to the amount that is already in the pot, is the most popular variant of the game. Other versions include ‘No Limit’ and ‘Fixed Limit’ Omaha but, slightly different betting structures aside, the rules for all variants of the game are basically the same.
As in Texas Holdem, the two players immediately to the left of the dealer, or dealer button, are required to make compulsory ‘blind’ bets before any cards are dealt. After the cards are dealt, betting commences with the player immediately to the left of the ‘big blind’ and continues clockwise around the table.
Once the first round of betting is complete, the first three community cards, collectively known as the ‘flop’, are dealt, face up, in the centre of the table. Another round of betting follows, although this time starting with the player immediately to the left of the dealer, or dealer button, a.k.a. the ‘small blind’.
Thereafter, the fourth community card, known as the ‘turn’ is dealt, followed by another round of betting, the fifth, and final, community card, known as the ‘river’ and a final round of betting. Once the final round of betting is complete, the so-called ‘showdown’ commences with the last player to bet, or raise, revealing their hole cards; if all the remaining players pass on betting, or ‘check’, in the final round, the player immediately to the left of the dealer, or dealer button, reveals his cards first.
Hand rankings are the same as in Texas Holdem, ranging from the highest, the Royal flush, to the lowest, a high card or no pair hand, and the highest five-card hand - incorporating two hole cards and three community cards - wins the pot. Again as in Texas Hold’em, in the event of a tie the winners split the pot.