maha Hi is a version of Texas Hold'Em where players are dealt four hole
cards instead of two. Two and only two of the hole cards
can be used in making the final hand. Omaha Hi is also known as Omaha Hold'Em or
simply Omaha. It's an aggressive, flashy, excited and unpredictable game that gets the dollars on the table and changing
hands like no other form of Poker.
The four hole cards make Omaha a nine-card game and having more cards to
choose from means players will typically finish with stronger hands. Poker
players being the people that they often are, the possibility of higher hands
typically means that players stay in longer and the pots will grow accordingly.
In practice, Hold'Em players will find that the focus in Omaha Hi tends more
towards playing the cards than playing the other players. The rules of Hold'Em
are similar to the Texas Hold'Em rules. However, the
player is dealt four hole cards and makes their final hand from two of the four hole cards and three
of the five community cards.
dealer is marked by a disk called the button. For
each hand the button rotates to the left. Players are identified by their seat
position. The dealer is seat one, the player to the dealer's left is
seat two and so on, clockwise around the table to the player on the
Casino Omaha has a fixed dealer and the button rotates
around the table simply to mark the rotation of theoretical dealer. Betting
position significantly affects a player's opportunities so the button's position
in not simply symbolic.
Beginner Omaha games typically starts with $1-$2 or $2-$4, but the highest can be as much as $500-$1000 or
even more. Instead of a small ante in 7-Stud, Omaha uses two forced bets, the
blinds, to get Bets on the table right from the beginning of the game.
he first player to the dealer's left - seat two - is the small
blind and must kick in half the lower limit, $5 in a $10-$20 game. Seat
three is the big blind and must kick in the full value of the lower
limit or $10 in a $10-$20 game.
The deal rotates clockwise around the table beginning with the player to the
big blind's left. Each player is dealt their first card in turn, then
their second, and so on.
Since the blinds opened with their forced bets, seat four, the player to the
big blind's right, bets first. They Call by matching the big blind ($10, the
lower limit) and may also Raise by kicking in the big limit, $20 in the $10-$20
example game. In this round Checking is not permitted. The blinds in Omaha are live in that they can Call, Raise or Fold.
nce the first betting round has completed, the dealer lays out the first
three community cards in the center of the table. This is called the
flop. This betting round begins with the blinds, or the first remaining seat on the
dealer's left. Checking is permitted now and for the rest of the hand. Bets are
placed at the lower limit ($10).
A fourth community card it dealt onto the table. Betting begins with the blinds, as before. Now,
and for the rest of this
game, Bets and Raises are at the high limit ($20). The turn becomes
the first expensive street.
The fifth and final community card is dealt. This is also an expensive street: Bets and Raises
are all at the high limit ($20).
s in 7 Card Stud,
the best 5 card hand wins. Players may form their final hands from any
combination of the table cards and their own pocket cards, even ignoring the
pocket cards and using only the table cards.
In Omaha Hi any player has option to see another player's pocket cards once they've been mucked.
Provided the requesting player has Called or Raised the last Bet made, they
simply ask the dealer and the mucked cards will be retrieved and shown.
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Omaha Hi Strategy
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