Many professional poker players love Omaha. But what is it and what are the rules in Omaha? By and large, this is one of the varieties of "Texas Hold'em". However, even retaining the basic rules, the very structure of rates and this game, "Omaha" has its own interesting features.
As already mentioned, the rules of the Omaha card game are the same as those of Texas Hold'em. The most significant difference is that in each game, players are de alt not two, but four closed “pocket” cards at once. As in Hold'em, to win, you need to make the best combination, only from five cards.
Here the main secrets and rules of the game of "Omaha" are revealed - in order to make his own combination, the player can use only a maximum of two of his so-called "pocket" cards out of four possible.
A lot of beginner players forget about it. And when such players come into the hands of four cards of a suit or four consecutive cards, such beginners are often extremely happy, naively assuming that any match with the already open cards on the board will automatically collect a straight or a flush. Butalready at the showdown, they wonder why they lost the pot.
As with Texas Hold'em, there are some differences regarding the betting structure. That's why the rules in Omaha may differ slightly depending on whether you're playing no-limit, limit, or pot-limit. However, the most popular option here is pot-limit and limit play, as opposed to Hold'em.
The rules of the game "Omaha" and its structure, as already mentioned, are the same as in "Hold'em". There are four stages of betting - this is preflop, then comes the flop, then the turn, then the river. In fact, the rules in Omaha are extremely simple. It is worth dwelling a little more on these stages of the game.
1. Immediately before the cards are de alt, the two players who are in the position to the left of the button (button) post the small and big blind (mandatory bets, with the small blind usually at least approximately half the big blind).
2. The croupier deals four hole cards to each player. These are the player's pocket cards. After that comes the first round of betting players in "Omaha" (that is, preflop). The player may call (call) or raise (raise), or he may choose to fold (fold).
3. After the betting, three common open cards are laid out on the table (this is called the flop). Then there is a round of trading again. If there were no bets, then the players can say “check”. The player canplace a bet on a new round of betting (make a bet).
4. Then one more (fourth) common open card (turn) is laid out. And again - another round of trading.
5. And finally, the last round is the river. And again the open last card is laid out - and the round of bidding begins again.
If all players have called on the river, they show their cards. The player who has collected the strongest combination of five cards (two of his pocket cards and three community cards) wins the pot. If the combinations are equal, then the pot is divided between the players with these equal combinations (split-pot).
When making a combination, you can use only one of your cards or even none (in the event that open community cards form a stronger combination).