Like Texas Hold’em, Omaha has five community cards, with the same sequence of play as – flop, turn and river and betting rounds in between. The object of the game is to make a better five-card hand than your opponents.
The two main differences between Omaha and Hold’em are that all players receive four cards instead of two and that the final Omaha poker hands comprise of two cards from the four cards dealt to the player and three cards from the board. One of the most fundamental Omaha poker rules is that players must use two and only two of their own cards in completing a five-card hand. Omaha is action-packed and fast-paced, making it an exciting variant.
Because players receive four cards rather than two in Texas Hold’em, more players will stay in the game to see the flop rather than folding. This also means that usually more players are involved in the showdown; making Omaha poker strategy much more complicated than Texas Hold’em. Keep a lookout for Omaha poker tips, such as knowing when to fold and strengths of certain hands. The hand rankings from Omaha are the same as Texas Hold’em.
It is worth noting that because in Omaha poker you start with four cards in your hand you generally require a better final hand to win at Omaha. An Omaha poker calculator, generally available online, might help you understand the very different Omaha poker odds of winning hands.
It is very important to be able to know what the best possible Omoha poker hands are for any given board. These are commonly known as ‘nut’ hands. It is more probable that an opponent will actually be holding a nut hand in Omaha than it is in Hold’em.