OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME
- Omaha is a form of poker that is similar to Texas hold 'em in terms of its ultimate goal, which is to make the best five-card hand possible from all the available cards. Each player on the table is dealt four cards face down and then he/she is required to make his or her best hand of five cards using three of the five community cards, that shall be opened in the later rounds, and two cards from the four cards that were dealt initially.
BEGINNING THE GAME
- Omaha is played with a standard deck of 52 cards.
- A game of Omaha can be played with a minimum of two and a maximum of 9 players at the table.
- The game play can be broadly divided into 5 categories
- Pre flop
1st ROUND OF THE GAME (PRE FLOP)
- The player who has the dealer button in front of him/her deals four cards each to all the players on the table in a clockwise manner.
- Once the pocket cards have been dealt, the betting round starts.
2nd ROUND OF THE GAME (FLOP)
- The dealer places five cards face down in the middle of the table. These are your community cards, which are common to everybody who is playing on the table. The dealer then turns over three cards at a time, also known as the 'flop'.
3rd ROUND OF THE GAME (TURN)
- The next card that the dealer flips over to display the fourth community card is known as the 'turn'.
4th ROUND OF THE GAME (RIVER)
- The fifth and last community card that the dealer turns over is called the 'river' or 'fifth street'.
- The players who are still in the game after all the community cards have been revealed show their cards to the dealer. Players must use exactly two and not more than two of their four hole cards with exactly three of the community cards to create the best hand. For example, if the community cards are J♥ A♠ J♣ 7♦ 7♣ and your hole cards are J♦ K♠ Q♥ 9♠, then you CANNOT make a full house of jacks full of sevens because you have to compulsorily use two cards out of your four hole cards to make your final hand. In this particular example, the best hand you can arrive at is J♥ J♣ J♦ A♠ K♠. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands.
- As is the case in Texas Hold 'Em, all Omaha poker games also begin with some forced wager, in the form of 'small blind' and 'big blind', over which poker players compete. The actions available to the players in each betting round are as follows
- If there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may check to simply pass the action to the next person who sits immediately clockwise from the player
- If there hasn't yet been a wager on the current betting round, a player may bet with an amount greater than or equal to the big blind. If a player bets, the player immediately clockwise from him or her can no longer check and therefore must fold, raise, or call.
- A player who folds is not allowed to wager any further money during the current poker hand, and hence is out of that particular deal. At the time of showdown, even if that player makes the best hand, he/she does not stand to win any money, having folded earlier.
- If there has been a bet on the current round of poker play, a player may call with the amount of the bet made by his or her opponent(s).
- If there has been a bet on the current betting round, a player may also further increase the amount of the bet by raising. The act of raising requires the poker player to match the current bet, and then make a bet that is higher than the bet made by the opponent.
- When the betting round is completed after the 'river' card has been revealed, the next dealing/betting round begins.
- On each betting round, betting continues until every player has either matched the bets made or folded.
POT LIMIT OMAHA (Also known as Omaha PL and PLO)
- To make a bet in Pot Limit Omaha, you have to at least match the big blind on the table. In simpler terms, the minimum bet in PLO is the same as the size of the big blind, and the maximum that a player can bet is up to the current size of the pot. For instance, if you're sitting at a table with 5/10 blinds and the current pot size is 50, you can make a bet of any value between 10 (big blind) and 50 (pot size).
- Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous 'bet' or 'raise' in the current round.
- Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.
RANK OF HANDS