Guide: Omaha High

Omaha High

Omaha high poker is similar to Texas Holdem in the sense that it is also played with five community cards but the game is quite different. Omaha High only poker and Omaha Hi/Lo split poker are the two popular variations of the game.

Omaha high poker  is typically played with the betting being a structured Limit game but you can also find No Limit and Pot Limit games. How to play the Limit Omaha High game is explained below.

Omaha high Poker- Rules

It is fairly easy to learn the rules of the game. Limit Holdem follows structured betting, and in most casinos the lowest limit you will usually find is a $2/$4. Other popular limits are 5/10 or 10/20 or higher. The 32/4 game is used as an example here. It means that during the first two rounds of betting the minimum bet is three dollars and during the last two betting rounds the minimum bet is six dollars. Also, when you raise the same limits are used.

The Dealer

The casino supplies a dealer. One player must be the designated dealer who acts last during the betting rounds. To identify the dealer, a disk or Button is used and the disk is rotated to the left after each hand. All the players do not ante each round, unlike stud. To generate a starting pot, blind bets are posted in the same manner they are in Texas Holdem.

The Start

To start a new hand two blind bets are put up or Posted. The small blind, the player immediately to the left of the player with the dealer button puts up, which is approximately half the minimum bet. The small blind for the $2/4 game is one dollar. Similarly, for a $4/8 game the blind would be two dollars. The big blind, the player to the left of the small blind posts the big blind, which is equal to the minimum bet which is two dollars for this game. For a $4/8 game the blind would be four dollars. Players other than small and big blind do not put up any money to start the hand. Each player eventually acts as the big blind, small blind and dealer because the button rotates around the table. It cost three dollars to every player every time the deal makes a complete rotation around the table.

The Opening

Each player is dealt with four cards face down, after the blinds are posted. The player acting as the small blind receives the first card and the player with the dealer button gets the last card. The first betting round starts now. The player to the left of the big blind has three options. He can put in two dollars to Call the blind bet or put in four dollars to raise the big blind or fold his hands. In this manner the betting goes around the table until it reaches the player who posted the small blind. The small blind can call the bet by putting in one dollar since a dollar bet was already posted. The big blind is the last person to act. If no player has raised, the dealer asks if the player would like the option. It means that the big blind has the option to raise or just check.

The Flop

The dealer burns or discards the top card on the deck after the first betting round is completed. This is done to avoid cheating or make sure that no one has accidentally seen the top card. At this stage three cards are dealt. The cards are turned face up in the middle of the table. In poker terms this is known as the Flop. These are community cards and can be used by all the players. Another round of betting begins starting with the first active player to the left of the dealer button. Three dollars is the minimum bet for this round.

The Turn

The dealer burns another card when the betting round after the flop is completed. The dealer turns a fourth card face up in the middle of the table. In poker this is called as the Turn. Four dollars is the minimum bet after the turn. Again the betting begins with the first active player to the left of the button. 

The River

After the betting round for the turn is over, the dealer burns another card from the top. The dealer turn a fifth and final card face up. This is referred to as the river. The final betting round commences with four dollars being the minimum bet. Usually a maximum of three or four raises occur during all betting rounds. The exception occurs if the play becomes heads up between two players and then the raises are unlimited.

The Winner

The player having the highest five-card hand wins the game. The players use two of their hole cards and three cards from the table to form the highest five-card hand.

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