Omaha Poker Rules
Omaha is a very popular variant of poker and if you want to play it at Party Poker you must learn its rules first. Knowing how to play Omaha, you could participate in online poker tournaments – at Party Poker, Omaha tournaments are available almost every day. If you are a good Texas Holdem player, it will be very easy for you to learn the game of Omaha, because the rules of these two card games are similar. Many gamblers even say that Omaha poker is a variant of Texas Holdem.
Omaha poker, just like most of the poker games is played with a standard 52-card deck. Each player at the table is dealt four pocket cards (face down) and other five community cards are drawn face-up on the board. To form their final five-card hands, all Omaha players must use two of their private cards and three of the five community cards. There are four betting rounds in each hand in Omaha poker and the betting moves clockwise around the table, starting from the left of the dealer.
When you play Omaha at Party Poker, before any cards are dealt, the two players to the immediate left of the dealer post Blind Bets. The player to the left of the dealer is also called the Small Blind, and the player to the left of the Small Blind is known as the Big Blind. Once the Blind Bets are posted, the game of Omaha poker starts. All players receive their four pocket cards and the first round of betting takes place. The player to the left of the Big Blind is first to act and at this point he has the right to call, raise or fold. All Omaha players could call, raise or fold when their turn comes.
When the first round of betting is over, the dealer turns face-up three community cards in the middle of the table. This part of the Omaha poker is also known as the Flop. At this point the second round of betting occurs, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. Another community card, also known as the Fourth Street, is dealt face-up and the third betting round ensues. Next, the last community card, the Fifth Street is dealt in the middle of the table and the final betting round occurs. In the Showdown, all Omaha players reveal their cards and the best five-card hand wins the pot.
The game of Omaha is very interesting and entertaining to play and once you learn its rules, you could play it every day at Party Poker.