About Omaha Poker
Omaha hold ’em (also known as Omaha holdem or simply Omaha) is a community card poker game similar to Texas hold ’em, where each player is dealt four cards and must make his or her best hand using exactly two of them, plus exactly three of the five community cards. The exact origin of the game is unknown, but casino executive Robert Turner first brought Omaha into a casino setting when he introduced the game to Bill Boyd, who offered it as a game at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino (calling it “Nugget Hold’em”). Omaha uses one standard 52-card French deck. Limit Omaha hold ’em 8-or-better is the “O” game featured in H.O.R.S.E. Both limit Omaha/8 and pot limit Omaha high are featured as “O” and “A” respectively in the 8-Game (T.H.O.R.S.E.H.A.).
Omaha is a community-card game played with two to ten players on one table. The goal of the game is to win as many chips as you can off your opponents. You win chips by winning a pot, and you win a pot in one of two ways:
- All the other players fold their hands, making you the only player left in the pot.
- You have the best hand at the showdown.
A game of Omaha only ends when the players decide they are finished playing, or one player wins all of the chips from the other players – those players being unwilling to re-buy and continue playing.
A game of Omaha can be broken up into a few simple sections:
- Betting Rounds
Different Omaha games
The most common variations of Pot Limit Omaha high are Five-card Omaha, commonly referred as “Big O” very popular in Southeastern United States as a home game and Six-card Omaha or 6-O which can be found in many casinos across the UK. Some online poker rooms support Five-card Omaha, Six-card Omaha and Courchevel.
“Big O” (occasionally called Five-card Omaha or 5-O) began appearing in Southern California in 2008, and had spread to most of the card rooms in the area by the end of the year.
Sometimes the high-low split game is played with a 9 or a 7-high qualifier instead of 8-high. It can also be played with five cards dealt to each player instead of four. In that case, the same rules for making a hand apply: exactly two from the player’s hand, and exactly three from the board.