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How to Play Omaha High and Omaha High-Low Poker

Considering poker varieties, such version of the game as Omaha should be distinguished. Its structure and rules are very similar to those of Texas Holdem, but it is a little more difficult to play it.

As we all know, Holdem is in the highest demand today, and poker, as it is, is always associated with its rules. Omaha is also in great demand and its popularity comes second to Texas Holdem. The game can be found on the net almost in any poker room.

How to play Omaha

Assuming that you already know the rules of Texas Holdem, we are not going to draw a detailed picture of the gameplay. And for you to understand how to play Omaha, we will show you all its differences from Holdem. But if you have never played poker, first you will need to learn the rules of Texas Holdem.

The gameplay, betting structure and hand in Omaha are the same as those in Holdem. Therefore, to play Omaha you need to know the following:

  1. Each player is dealt four cards (instead of two as in Holdem), which only he / she can see;
  2. To make a hand, a player can use only two out of four of his cards;
  3. Since the player always has to use two hole cards to make a hand, of the five common cards on the table he / she can take only three.

Basically that’s all you need to know to switch from Holdem to Omaha. But there are two varieties of Omaha, so let’s study their rules in detail.

Omaha High

It’s all simple in Omaha High: the winner is the player with the highest hand. It should be recalled that hands are the same as in other types of poker.

Omaha High-Low

In Omaha High-Low the situation looks a little different. Here, the pot may be split between the highest and the lowest hands. It means that the highest hand wins anyway, but if there is a player with the lowest hand, pot is divided equally between these players.

Please note that the low hand must meet the following requirements:

  • Only cards from ace to 8 are taken into account;
  • Low hand should not contain paired cards, straight and flush.

If none of the players has low hand, meeting the above requirements, then the entire pot is awarded to the player with the highest hand.

Omaha can be played in the following betting formats: Pot Limit, Fixed Limit and No Limit.

You can download a poker room software right away and practice Omaha poker for free.