Omaha Poker rules (aka Omaha Hold’em) are quite similar to Texas Holdem Poker rules. However, there are some rule differences between the two games.
There are two basic differences in Omaha Holdem than in Texas Holdem Poker.
- Players are dealt four hole cards rather than two
- Player must use exactly two cards to make their poker hand
There are no flush ties in Omaha
Omaha Poker Betting
Omaha begins the same way as Texas Holdem Poker. A dealer button moves around the table in a clockwise motion after every hand and the two players to the left of the dealer button put in forced bets known as the small blind and the big blind.
Beginning an Omaha Poker Game
The dealer gives each player four hole cards, all face down, in a clockwise motion beginning with the player directly to their left. After receiving their hole cards, players must decide whether they want to call, fold, or raise, beginning with the player to the direct left of the big blind. The betting round ends and the dealer continues to the flop.
Omaha Poker Flop
The dealer “burns” (discards) one card then takes the next three cards and places them face up in the center of the table. This is known as the flop. A round of betting occurs beginning with the person directly to the left of the dealer.
Omaha Poker Turn
The dealer burns one more card, then takes another card and places it to the right of the cards already on the table. A round of betting occurs and then we move to the river.
Omaha Poker River
The dealer burns one more card and places a final fifth card on the table to the right of the other cards. A final round of betting occurs and then a showdown occurs.
Omaha Poker Showdown
After the final round of betting, players show their hands to each other beginning with the person who made the final bet. The player that makes the best five card hand wins the pot.