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How to Play Omaha Holdem Poker

Like Texas Hold'em, Omaha can be played at with varying betting limits:

Omaha Holdem

  • No Limit - Each person can wager up to the amount they have on the table at the time of the bet.
  • Limit - Every game and every round has a set betting limit, such as $.50/$1.00 has a $.50 Blind, the first round of betting and raises is $.50 and the rounds after that are upped to $1.00 bets.
  • Pot Limit - A maximum, equivalent to the total pot at the time of the bet can be wagered by each player.

How to play Omaha Hold'em Poker:

  1. A 'Small Blind' and 'Big Blind' (betting before seeing the hand) is placed by the two people to the left of the dealer. A small blind and big blind for a $.50/$1.00 game is $.25 and $.50 respectively.

  2. Then, every player is dealt four face-down cards.

  3. The player to the left of the bettor who placed the "Big Blind" bet starts the wagering.

  4. Then comes "The Flop," or three cards dealt face up in the middle of the table.

  5. Another round of betting...

  6. In the center of the table, a fourth card is dealt face up.

  7. More betting...

  8. The last card, also referred to as "The River," is placed face up in the middle.

  9. Final bets are placed.

Players make their best hand of 5 cards after the betting, using 2 of their down 4 cards and 3 cards from the 5 community cards on the table. The player with the high hand or the last player who is still "in" wins.

Betting goes clockwise, starting with the player seated next to the dealer (in an online game there is still a 'dealer' marked at the table despite the software).

Don't forget, if you're not comfortable playing yet you can always practice playing just for fun before you try your luck at real table stakes!

When Playing Omaha Hi/Lo:
A low hand in poker must 'qualify', meaning not any low hand can be played. A players low hand must consist of 5 cards that are 8 or lower. Aces can be played low, and straights and flushes do not count in a low hand.