Omaha Hold’em Poker

Omaha poker known as well as Omaha hold’em is classified as a community poker game that is quite similar to the Texas hold’em game. In this game every player at the table is dealt 4 cards and is supposed to make the best cards combination using only 2 cards together with 3 of the 5 community cards. This game uses 1 standard 52 card deck in French terms. The origin of this game is not very clear but the most famous person that is directly linked with it is Robert Turner who first brought the game into a casino after he introduced it to Bill Boyd. Then Bill Boyd brought the game to the Golden Nugget Casino of Las Vegas.

The term Omaha in North US casinos refers to more than one poker game. In Europe however the term Omaha simply means a high variation of the Omaha game played with a pot limit. The pot limit in this game is abbreviated as the term PLO. In this game the player has cards in their hands as well as community cards and between these two types of cards the player is allowed to draw in multiple variations of cards combinations. For instance, a player can draw to a full house and a flush and this is through using different card combinations.

The layout and betting rounds of the community cards must be however identical in both Omaha poker and Texas Hold 'em poker. At showdown all the player’s hands are supposed to be the best 5 card hand consisting of 3 of the 5 community cards placed on the table plus 2 of the player’s own cards. In Omaha a player is not allowed to play 4 or 5 cards dealt on the board if they have fewer than 2 of their own nor the player can use 3 or 4 pocket cards to mask a very strong poker hand which is allowed in Texas Hold’em.

Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better

This is the best starting hand ever in Omaha hi low split. In this hand a player is supposed to make a separate 5 cards high poker hand and 5 card ace to 5 low hand and then the pot can be split just between the low and high. Omaha Hi-low split Eight or Better is usually played in the fixed limit version. In order for the players to qualify for low in this kind of game they have to be able to play 8-7-6-5-4 or anything lower. In some casinos players are even allowed to play with a 9 or lower. In this case players are allowed to play any 2 of their 4 hole cards to create their high hand as well as any 2 of their 4 hole cards to create their low hand. In case there is no low hand which qualifies at the table then the high poker hand will win the whole jackpot.

Pot Limit Omaha

This is the worst starting hand in Omaha and is mainly popular in Europe as well as a few American casinos. This game can also be played online as well as in high staked “mixed games”. The game is usually played high only and second best straights and flushes are usually beaten.

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