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How to play Omaha Poker

Omaha poker is a variation of poker played only with high hands; however the high-low split version is also popular.


The biggest glaring difference between Texas and Omaha poker is that players receive four hole cards in Omaha instead of the two that they get in Texas. Moreover, in order to produce a winning hand a player must use two cards from their hands but this is limited to two cards only. Like in Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha is a game with similar rounds of flop, turn, river along with betting rounds that are the same.

Variations in Omaha:

Omaha is played in a limit or pot limit format and the two most commonly spread variations of the game are Omaha high and Omaha 8-or better. The pot is split between the best high hand and the best low one.

This is where the 8 or better part works as in order to have a low hand that qualifies, one must possess five different cards in his/her hand that are ranked as eight or lower.

Final thoughts:

Omaha poker is mostly described as a game of action, but it can also be a game of huge swings. Most players first learn the popular Texas hold ‘em before taking up the Omaha variant of poker. Thus, having a good understanding of Texas Hold ‘em will help with Omaha as well!