Omaha Poker Rules – Omaha Hold Em is very similar in format to Texas Hold Em. The dealer will deal a 3-card Flop and then a fourth card. Finally, a fifth community card will be dealt. Although the betting is identical, the cards dealt and the method by which the player makes their hand during the showdown are different.
The player will receive four cards (hole cards) during the initial deal. The objective of the game is to create the best 5-card hand possible using only two cards from the initial deal, which was four cards. Three cards are from the board (community cards).
Omaha Hold Em uses a small disc, known as the button to identify the notional dealer for each round. The button is rotated clockwise around the table before each hand. The dealer is the one who receives their cards first and has the right of the last action during the round.
The dealer's left player should place a small blind, and the dealer's right player a large blind to start the game. In a $1/$2 game, the dealer's left player would place $0.50 and the player in front of him $1.
After that, the dealer will deal four hole cards to each player. Then there will be a round for betting.
Each player will have to choose whether they want to bet, check, fold, or raise during each round. These terms are defined in our Poker Dictionary.
The Flop is when the dealer places three community cards face-up onto the table. The dealer will then place three community cards face up onto the table, called the Flop.
The dealer places another community card on the table called the Turn or Forth Street. The dealer then places another community card onto the table, called the Turn or Forth Street.
The dealer will then place the fifth street or river community card on the table. The dealer will then place the last community card onto the table, called the River or Fifth Street.
After the last round of betting is over, the Showdown begins. This is where the best hand is decided. See our Hand Values page for more information about the hand rankings and their respective values.
The Showdown will see the players use three of the nine community cards as well as two hole cards to complete their hand.
The pot's value is then split between the player with the highest hand. The pot will be equally divided if two players have the exact same hand value.
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