Omaha Poker is a poker game derived from Texas Hold’em poker. It puts your skill to the test more than other poker game variants because each player is dealt 4 cards in the game out of which 2 and only 2 have to be used to make your best 5 card combination. The community cards are open as in Texas Hold’em but a player can use only 3 of these to make his best hand.
Types of Omaha Poker Games
Pot Limit Omaha Poker – This is the most popular variant of Omaha Poker. Called PLO, in this a player can bet what is in the pot at the time of betting (i.e. Rs. 100 into Rs100 pot).
No Limit Omaha Poker – A player can bet any amount that can go up to all of their chips.
Fixed Limit Omaha Poker – There is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting.
Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) is the most played Omaha Poker variant in India and owing to this popularity, Time2Poker decided to launch its online variant in 2014. PLO involves a high intensity of skill and concentration owing to the restriction of using 2 and only 2 hole cards and the betting limitation to pot limit.
Goal of Pot Limit Omaha
The goal of PLO is to make the best 5 card combination using exactly 2 of the 4 hole cards and 3 of the 5 community cards. Before you start playing PLO, it is best to learn the game and acquaint yourself with the game rules. To make this learning easier for you, we have divided our tutorial section into various parts
How to Play Omaha Poker
Omaha Poker also is known as Omaha Hold’em is a community card poker game derived from Texas Hold’em. In its online poker version, players are dealt four private (hole) cards and five community cards are dealt face up on the table. The objective of the game In Omaha is to make the best five-card poker hand by using exactly three of the community cards together with exactly two of their hole cards.
Note Exactly 2 hole cards and 3 board cards to be used. No more, no less.
Learn to play Omaha poker
A game of Omaha poker kicks off as soon as the dealer deals four cards face down to each player. These are termed as pocket or hole cards.
The first betting round is called the ‘Pre Flop’ that begins with the player sitting to the left of the Big Blind & proceeds clockwise around the table. The pre-flop round is followed by the flop, turn, and river. The betting rounds in Omaha poker are explained below:-
After all the players receive their hole cards, the pre-flop betting round begins with the player sitting to the left of the Big Blind. After seeing their hole cards, each player has the option to play their hand by calling, folding or raising.
Action starts from the left of the big blind and then proceeds clockwise around the table. If the big blind(also the live bet on the table) was Rs. 100, it would cost Rs. 100 to call, or at least Rs. 200 to raise. Each player is given the option to fold, call the bet of the previous player or rise. If the previous player raised, the call amount is adjusted accordingly. Betting continues on each betting round until all the active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.
Note: Big blinds and small blinds will also get their chance to call/raise since their first bets were only blinds. Betting continues till all active players (those who have not folded) have put in equal amounts of the pot.
After the pre-flop betting round is complete, the flop is dealt face up on the table which is the first three community cards available to all the active players. Betting for the flop round begins after the cards are opened on the table. The rules of the flop betting round are the same as the preflop, with two small exceptions: the first player to act is the active player immediately clockwise to the button. This is the big blind position but in case he has folded then the next player in the clockwise direction starts the betting round.
After the betting round is complete for the flop, the turn is dealt face up on the table. The turn is the fourth community card in an Omaha game. Once the turn card has been dealt with the players then the betting round starts. Betting starts with the active player immediately clockwise to the button.
After the turn betting round is complete, the river is dealt face up on the table. It is the fifth and final card on the table. The betting is identical to the betting round on the turn and also starts with the active player clockwise to the button.
Showdown / Show cards
After the betting rounds are complete, all the players left in the game will show their cards in what is also referred to as a showdown. The cards of all the players in the showdown are displayed on the table simultaneously. The player with the best five-card poker hand using two of their hole cards and three of the community cards is declared as the winner in this poker game. If two players have identical hands then both are winners and the pot is divided equally between them. Showdown begins from the active player left of Big blind or Last player who bet or rose.
Learn basics of Omaha Poker
The betting rules remain the same in online Omaha poker whether you play Cash or Freeroll games. After the dealer is chosen and marked with a dealer button in each game, the betting is initiated by the Small and Big blinds. The player sitting left to the dealer puts in the small blind and the one sitting next to him in a clockwise turn puts in the big blind before the hole cards are dealt. Although blind amounts are pre-decided for each game depending on the stakes, the Big Blind always remains twice the amount of the Small blind.
As with the betting structure in other forms of poker, a player in Omaha may take 4 actions:
CallTo matches the amount of highest bet on the table in the ongoing round of play.
Raise: To increase the bet amount in the same betting round.
CheckTo continues in the game without betting any further. This action can be taken by any player only if he has already matched the biggest bet on the table or if no one has yet opened the betting round.
FoldTo leave the ongoing game by surrendering the hole cards to the dealer and wait for the next game
Bet size in pot-limit Omaha
The minimum bet in Pot Limit Omaha is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet up to the size of the pot
Minimum raise: The raise amount in PLO must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. To take an example, if the first player to act bets Rs. 100 then the second player must raise a minimum of Rs.100 (total bet of Rs. 200).
Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is defined as the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising. To take an example: If the size of the pot is Rs. 100, and there is no previous action on a particular betting round, a player may bet a maximum of Rs. 100. After that bet, the action moves to the next player clockwise. That player can fold, call Rs. 100, or raise any amount between the minimum (Rs.100 more) and the maximum. The maximum bet, in this case, is Rs.400 – the raiser would first call Rs. 100, bringing the pot size to Rs. 300, and then raise Rs.300 more, making a total bet of Rs.400.?In Pot Limit Omaha, there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.