How To Play Omaha Poker Online For Beginners

Rules

Omaha Poker is very similar to Texas Hold’em with a couple of different game-changing factors. Firstly, instead of two hole cards each player is dealt four hole cards.

Secondly, in Omaha players must make the best possible hand using exactly two of their hole cards (no more and no less) and three from the five community cards.

So if your hole cards are 3♠ 5♣ 9♦ A♥, and the community cards are 2♠ 5♥ 10♥ Q♥ K♥, you do not have an A♥-High Flush (5♥ 10♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥), as you have only used one hole card, rather than the two necessary, but instead have a pair of 5’s (5♣ 5♥ Q♥ K♥ A♥).

Pot Limit

In Pot Limit Omaha (most popular form of Omaha Poker), the maximum a player can bet is the amount that is in the pot. For example, a $100 bet is the biggest that can be made into a $100 pot.

Positions

The following are positions that you should know before playing the game. The dealer deals to their left, and once the hand is finished the Dealer chip moves clockwise along with the Small and Big Blind.

Positions On The Poker Table - Big Blind, Small Blind & Dealer Explained

Positions On The Poker Table – Big Blind, Small Blind & Dealer Explained

Actions

Your Options At The Pool Table - Check, Bet, Raise, Call, All-in or Fold

Betting Rounds

Just like Texas Hold’em, there are four betting rounds during a hand of Omaha.

Pre-Flop

The betting round that takes place after the players receive their four hole cards and before the flop takes place.

The Pre-Flop - Everybody Gets Their First Four Cards (Hole Cards)

The Pre-Flop – Everybody Gets Their First Four Cards (Hole Cards)

The Flop

After the first three community cards are dealt face up on the table, a betting round takes place as you combine two of your hole cards and all three community cards to make your best five cards combination.

The Flop - 3 Community (Everyone’s) Cards Are Dealt

The Flop – 3 Community (Everyone’s) Cards Are Dealt

The Turn

The fourth community card is dealt and a third betting round takes place. The player must combine two of their hole cards with three of the four community cards on the table to make their best five-card hand.

The Turn - A 4th Community Card Is Dealt

The Turn – A 4th Community Card Is Dealt

The River

The fifth and final community card is dealt and the last betting round takes place. The player uses two of their hole cards and combines them with three from the five community cards to make their best hand.

The River - A final 5th Card Is Dealt

The River – A final 5th Card Is Dealt

The Showdown

When there are two or more players who are still in play after the river, it’s time for a showdown. Once all betting is done, the player with the strongest hand is determined and they take the pot. If the showdown ends in a tie, the pot is split evenly among the winning players.

If There’s 2 Or More Players Left, The Betting That Continues Is The Showdown

If There’s 2 Or More Players Left, The Betting That Continues Is The Showdown

Player A loses – Player B wins

Rake

Blinds Buy-in Rake per Pot (%)
$0.05 / $0.10 $1 – $10 3%
$0.10 / $0.25 $2.50 – $25 3%
$0.25 / $0.50 $5 – $50 3%
$0.50 / $1 $10 – $100 3%
$1 / $2 $20 – $200 3%
$2 / $4 $40 – $400 3%
$3 / $6 $100 – $1,000 3%
$5 / $10 $200 – $2000 3%
$25 / $50 $1000 – Max 3%