Fans of Texas Hold’em poker are sure to enjoy learning and playing Omaha Hold’em as the two games are closely related, although Omaha Hold’em features a few twists to keep players on their toes. With this version the dealer does not usually play and a button is assigned to mark the dealer, with the button advancing clockwise from player to player with each hand. Omaha Hold’em poker features four rounds of betting, which run as follows.
Shuffling, dealing and blinds
The dealer begins by shuffling a standard 52-card deck and the first two players to the left of the dealer place a certain amount of money in the pot before the cards are dealt. This is known a posting blinds and the player immediately to the left of the dealer posts the first blind of half the minimum bet, while the next player posts the full minimum bet. Four cards are then dealt face down to each player, which are known as hole cards.
A round of betting then starts with the third player to the left of the dealer and goes round with each player choosing to call, raise or fold.
The dealer then discards the top card on the deck and puts the next three cards on the table face up. This is followed by another round of betting starting with the player on the immediate left of the dealer.
After the dealer burns another card they place one more picture face up on the table. The third round of betting them commences with the player on the immediate left of the player. This action is repeated so that there are now five cards face up on the table and the move is known as fifth street.
Winning the game
Players now have the option of making the best possible hand using three of the cards that have been placed face up on the table and two cards from their own hand. The final round of betting starts once again with the player on the immediate left of the dealer and goes around until everyone in the game with the exception of the dealer) has had the chance to raise, call or fold. At the end of this round all the remaining players have to reveal their hands, starting from either the player who made the last raise or the player who made the initial bet. As with other types of poker, the winner is the player with the best hand. One of the great things about Omaha Hold’em is that the odds of getting a good hand are higher than with Texas Hold’em poker, which gives players the chance to put their strategy skills to the test.