Omaha Hold’em uses four cards in the hole. You can only take two of those cards to make your best high hand with three from the board. All of the rankings from Texas Hold’em carry over so a flush beats a straight and a full house beats both and so forth and so on.
Each player, therefore, is dealt four cards face down. During the first round, which is pre-flop, players either call the blind, pay the blind, complete the blind, raise the pot or fold. After all of that is decided, the dealer will lay down the flop.
Then, the second round of betting begins if necessary. The small-blind goes first, then the big blind and so on and so forth all the way up to the dealer button, which acts last. This is how betting continues for the turn and river if the hand gets that far.
In the end, the best hand wins. If everyone folds to just one player, then that player will win. If more than one player remains, the players will most likely show down their hands. The player with the highest hand will take the pot.
Obviously, there are many similarities between Omaha and Texas Hold’em. The main differences are:
1) You receive four cards in the hole.
2) You must use two of those cards to make the best hand.
3) You have to use three cards from the board AND ONLY three cards.
Omaha Holdem is a fun and potentially profitable game. It’s very popular in Europe and growing in popularity Across the Pond.
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