Omaha poker is similar to Texas hold' em poker; however, the number of cards dealt in the pockets are 4. The players will have to make use of 2 cards from the pocket cards and 3 cards from the board to make a poker hand that qualifies for pot splitting.
- The small blind and the big blind are posted.
- The dealer deals 4 pocket cards to each player at the table.
Pre-Flop Betting Round
This is the first betting round. The players look in to the values in their starting hands. The sooner the players check in to the values in their starting hands, those who feel their starting hands are not worthy of play, decide to fold and the others proceed with the action at the poker table in the pre-flop round.
Fold, call, raise, and re-raise are the common betting actions in the poker table. A betting round is said to be complete, when all the players who are heads up have made equal value bets into the pot. There are rules that govern the number of raises and re-raises that can be made at the poker table. This is crucial to progress to the next round.
There are likely to be players who might choose to check the hand and make a raise or fold later depending on their hand strength. Some poker rooms might not permit checking.
After the completion of the betting round, the game proceeds to the flop round.
The Flop Betting Round
The flop community cards, which are 3 in number, are dealt in the middle of the board face up in a way all the players could see. These cards are used for draw by all the players. From the 4 cards in the hand, if one of the players is able to make use of 1 card from the board to make a hand, they cannot do so.
- The 2 from the pockets and 3 from the board rule should be fulfilled when playing Omaha to be able to call it a made poker hand.
- Players cannot read the board either.
Therefore, depending on how they are able to assess their odds for poker hand formation they make the call, raise, re-raise or fold decisions at the flop table and the game proceeds to the turn betting round.
The Turn Betting Round
One turn card is dealt face up in the center of the table. The players who are still heads up will make use of their 4 pocket cards, 3 flop cards and 1 turn card and they would make their call, raise, re-raise and fold decisions accordingly. They will be playing considering the 2 + 3 rule applicable for hand formation in Omaha.
After the players have made the call, raise, re-raise, or fold as applicable for their hand strength the game proceeds to the River round with the players who are still heads up.
The River Round
The players who are still heads up will participate in the river round. The dealer will deal one river card in the center of the table. The players who are still heads up will make use of their 4 pocket cards, 3 flop cards, 1 turn card, and 1 river card and they would make their call, raise, re-raise and fold decisions accordingly. They will be playing considering the 2 + 3 rule applicable for hand formation in Omaha. When the poker action is over at the table, the show down begins.
The hands of the players who are still heads up are compared. The best hand is decided based on the rules for poker hand rankings. The best hand wins the pot. If there is a tie, the pot is split between the two hand ranks.
For each round, the betting action starts from the first player who is still heads up from the dealer position.
In most poker rooms the players are not allowed to play the board. For a player to qualify for the pot, the 2 from the pocket cards and 3 cards from the board is a mandatory rule.