Poker Rules

Omaha

Pot Limit Omaha

Despite the fact that Omaha has different variations, it is a game as easy to learn as Texas Hold'em game. All of the same things are important. For example, position. However, in Pot Limit Omaha you are dealt four cards instead of two and if you go to the showdown you must use exactly 2 of your hole cards to make the best 5-card combination. Here we will also explain the main differences between different Omaha variations.

Rules of Omaha

Omaha is a trending variation of poker and more people everyday start learning this action-packed game. The points that poker stars make about this game is that Omaha is easy to learn as the actions are very similar to Texas Hold'em. The Small blind and the Big Blinds start by putting the forced bets and everybody is dealt cards.

Your position at the table is determined by the relation to the dealer of that round and like in Texas Hold'em, the later you act, the better so Dealer position is considered to be the best. The positions are moved clockwise.

Here is the basic PLO Strategy from the pros:

As you see, Omaha has many similarities to the Texas Hold'em. This may be the reason why Omaha is second most popular game in the world played and televised. The key to remember is that PLO in some cases in very different from Hold'em. For example:

  • Omaha is played with Four Cards
  • At the showdown you MUST use exactly TWO cards out of 4 and 3 Community cards to make the best hand.
  • There are much more marginal situations because more cards are in play.
  • When at the Showdown, the player who made the last aggressive action (Bet or Raise), shows cards first.

The betting rounds in Omaha are just like Texas Hold'em:

PREFLOP: Players get two cards each and taking turns they place their bets.
FLOP: Three cards are dealt on the table.
Players place their bets.
TURN (Fourth Street) : One more card (fourth community card) is dealt
Players place their bets.
RIVER (Fifth Street) : One more card (fifth community card) is dealt
Players place their bets and show their cards.

Best 5-card combination wins.

Take a look at some of the pros playing Omaha in WSOP 2008:

Hand Strength in Omaha

Omaha Variations: Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha is differentiated by maximum amount you can bet in a turn like in Texas Hold'em so there is Fixed Limit Omaha and No Limit Omaha. The most popular kind of Omaha played online and live as well as televised and discussed is Pot Limit Omaha.

Omaha Games are also differentiated by the hands that qualify for the game. Such variations include Omaha Hi/Lo (8 or better, 8OB) – a quite popular Omaha game. Omaha Hi/Lo is no different from, for example Pot Limit Omaha in terms of paying the blinds before getting dealt cards, taking turns in betting rounds, etc.

But in Omaha Hi/Lo the pot may be split between the Low hand and the High Hand. To have the Low hand, you must have an eight or less. In case when there is no one with an eight in a hand the High hand wins the pot.

Also, in Omaha Hi/Lo you can use any two cards for Hi as well as any of the two cards for a low. This makes possible for the single player to take the high and the low.

To make the Low hand, you must have an 8 or worse among the whole cards as well as there must be 3 cards on the table that are 8 or lower.

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