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Omaha Poker is a community card game lot similar to Texas Holdem; however, the 4 pocket cards dealt in Omaha differentiates it from Texas. Also “It is compulsory to use two pocket cards and three community cards in the five card hand for the showdown” to qualify for the pot split. Note: You cannot read the board. Winning in Omaha is mostly accomplished by nut hands, therefore this is also known as the “nut hand game.”
The flow of the Omaha Game is as follows:
- Blinds Posting.
- Players are each dealt 4 pocket cards face down.
- Pre-flop betting.
- Flop: Three face up cards are dealt in the community board.
- Post Flop betting.
- Turn: One face up card is dealt in the community board.
- Post Turn betting
- River: One face up card is dealt face up in the community board.
- Post River betting
- Showdown and pot split.
Rules for betting
- Checking is not permitted in the first betting round (pre-flop betting round) like in any other blind game.
- In each of the betting rounds, the players have the option to call, raise, fold, or re-raise.
- Cap: Only one round of re-raising is allowed in each betting round. After this, the game proceeds to the next round.
Limit, No Limit and Pot Limit Omaha
- Limit Omaha: In a $5/$10 limit game, in the first two rounds betting will be in the increments of $5 and in the last two rounds the betting will be in increments of $10. Also there will be an additional limitation of 4 bets for each player in each, which will be the bet, raise, re-raise, cap.
- No Limit Omaha: Allowed unlimited number of chips in betting at any point in the game; however, The player cannot re-raise himself.
- Pot limit Omaha: The player will be allowed to bet for the pot value at the point in time for his/her action. The player cannot re-raise himself.
Pot Split Rules
- High Games: High hand takes the pot.
- High-Low Games: The high hand takes half and the low hand takes the other half.
- Qualifying Factor For Low: Eight-or-better hand.
- Two Low Hands: The half share for the low hand is quartered.
- No Qualifying Low: High hand takes the pot.
- High And Low Hand With Same Player: The player scoops the pot.