One of the charms of poker is the innumerable variants that it has spawned. Omaha Poker, the rules of which we shall discuss in this article, is a variant of the immensely popular Texas Holdem version of poker. Indeed, most players who are familiar with Texas Holdem will feel comfortable with Omaha Poker, since the betting structure follows similar patterns.
To sum up the Omaha Poker rules, each player is dealt four cards face down, and these are called hole cards. Five separate cards, called community cards, are also dealt face up. The players now try to build a good hand using two hole cards and three community cards. Come showdown, and the player with the best five-card hand is the winner.
For all those interested, here is an overview of Omaha Poker rules:
Ø Dont play too many hands. A bet not placed may mean money saved in the end
Ø Do not feel compelled to call or raise the stake if you are unsure of your hand. Folding is often a good option
Ø Do not raise at the time of the flop if you have a good hand. This may make the others fold and the pot wont be as large as expected
Ø Only play tables with more than one weak player. This will inevitably increase your chances of winning
Ø At the time of the flop, you ought to be able to calculate whether you are going to win both the high and the low stakes because you can see enough cards. But be prepared to fold if necessary.
Ø Bluffing in an Omaha Poker game should be done rarely and only on the river if you dont see the low hands out.