If you’ve played Texas Hold’em before, you will find Omaha Hold’em familiar. The main difference between the two games is in the total of cards dealt to each player. The Texas Hold’em game provides seven cards to each player, while in the Omaha Hold’em game, each player receives nine cards. The game can be played with two to ten players including the dealer.
In Omaha Hold’em a participant must make use of use two hole cards together with three of the community cards in order to get the best hand of five cards. In The Texas Hold’em game there is no limit on the type of cards you may play with. A player can either have a five hand with all community cards or a combination of the two. It is exactly this feature that many players forget and then mistakenly restrict cards when they start out on Omaha Hold’em.
Omaha Hold’em Game Procedure
The player on the left side of the dealer posts a Small Blind at the beginning of the game; a Big Blind post follows it from the player on left side of the first player who posted the Small Blind.
The Big Blind must be half the table limit while the Small Blind is half the limit of the Big Blind.
The dealer distributes the cards thereafter by dealing four facedown cards to each player. These are called hole cards.
The first round starts with betting from the player directly left of the Big Blind poster.
After the betting round ends, the dealer deals the Flop cards.
The Flop is three cards with their faces showing up that is placed in the middle of the table.
All the players have access to them. They are called the community pack.
The next round of bets starts.
When the betting is over, the dealer then deals the Turn.
The Turn is a fourth card with its face showing up. It joins the community pack in the middle of the table.
A betting round follows this.
When the round is over, the dealer will again deal one card, called the River. It is the fifth community card and is also placed in the middle area of the table.
The last round of bets follow.
Each player has nine cards to select from. The nine cards consist of four hole and five community playing cards. The player may only use five of the cards to produce the best hand. The player must utilize at least two of the hole and three cards from the community deck to reach the best five hand. The one who has the best combination is the winner and takes the poker pot. The idea is to get the best possible poker hand from the compulsory combination of two hole and three community cards.
If the dealer exposes the first hole card, the deck must be reshuffled, but if he exposes another type of card, the game may continue. If there are too many cards in the Flop, the cards must be dealt again. If more than an extra card is dealt, the pack must be reshuffled and dealt again.
If a player has a Flush, he must have two hearts included in his hole cards. In Omaha Hold’em nobody is able to obtain a four of a kind for a win. There are six possible combinations of two pack hands in one four-card deal. The two pair combinations are handled almost like the two pair in the Texas Hold’em game.