How to Play Omaha Hold ‘Em Poker

By admin, March 13, 2009

Omaha Hold ‘em poker is one of the most popular forms of poker in the world. It is similar to Texas Hold ‘Em in that players sit around a table, are dealt cards, and wager based upon what kind of hand they can make by combining the cards in their hands and the shared cards on the table. However, Omaha Hold ‘Em is played somewhat differently from its more famous counterpart.

The most distinctive aspect of Omaha Hold ‘Em is that each player gets dealt four cards instead of two. This can lead to more opportunities for good hands than there are in most types of poker, but it can also be tricky because players must use two hole cards, which are the cards in a player’s hand, along with three of the community cards on the table. For example, you might have the ace of spades, the king of spades, the queen of spades, and the four of clubs. The five community cards in that situation are the four of hearts, the queen of spades, the jack of spades, the seven of hearts, and the eight of hearts. You could see those five consecutive spades up to the ace and think you have a royal flush, but that would be a costly mistake since you would only have a pair of fours and would therefore almost certainly lose a ton of chips betting with misplaced confidence.

Omaha Hold ‘Em poker is often played as a Hi/Lo game, which means that the pot, which is the chips in the middle of the table, is split between the player with the best hand and the player with the worst hand. This is more complicated than it sounds, because it doesn’t matter whether someone has a straight or a flush for a low hand even though that does matter for a high hand. What does matter is if the player can put together two hole cards with three community cards in order to make a hand with no pairs and no card higher than an eight. Therefore, an ace, two, three four and five, all of clubs, would almost certainly with for both the high and low hand. A jack, seven, five, three and two of various suits, despite being a terrible hand, could not win the low part of the pot. Hopefully now you know how to play Omaha hold ‘Em.