Ins and Outs of Omaha Hold’em

Omaha is very similar to Texas Hold’em. The difference is in the number of cards played. It is a fun and exciting game that takes years of practice, which is what makes it so rewarding.

In Omaha each player gets four cards face down, beginning with the “small blind”. In the first round of bets, the player can fold, call or raise. Once the round is over, three cards are placed on the table face up, also known as the “Flop”. Each player can choose to check, if they want to keep playing, to call, to raise (if there was a bet made and they want to raise that bet) or to fold (abandon the hand). Learn more here.

After finishing the bets during the Flop, the fourth card is shown face up (known as the ‘Turn’), the betting round starts once more. After all the bets are completed during the Turn, the fifth and last card is then placed face-up (the River’), with a final round of betting.

Each player is obliged to use two cards in their hand and three from the table. If the player has a diamonds card and a clubs card in his hand, and there are four clubs on the table, it’s not considered a flush since it is absolutely mandatory to use both two cards from his hand.

If more than one player remains in the final round of betting, the last person to bet or to raise shows their cards, unless there isn’t any bet in the final round. The winner is the player with the highest hand. Should there be identical hands; the pot will be divided equally.