How to Play Omaha
Omaha poker is an exciting game played with one deck of 52 cards. Each player is dealt four hole cards which are for the exclusive use of that player only. The five community cards are dealt face-up, firstly with a 'flop' consisting of three cards, then a 'turn' and 'river', each of these being a single card. All players must use exactly three of the five community cards, together with two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. The best hand values in Omaha are the same as many other forms of poker, with a Royal Flush being the best possible hand. To familiarise yourself with poker hand rankings, take a look at our Poker Hand Ranking page.
- One player is given the dealer button, with the two players to the left of the dealer button putting in the small blind and big blind. These are forced bets which ensure there's money in every pot.
- The blinds and the dealer button rotate clockwise after every hand.
- Each player is dealt four cards ('hole cards') which belong only to that poker player.
- Five community cards are then dealt face-up: three cards firstly, this is called the flop. After the betting on the flop is completed. another card called the 'turn' is dealt. There's another round of betting before the final card (the 'river') is dealt. There's a final round of betting before players show down their hands and find out who has won.
- All players must use exactly three of the five community cards together with any two of their four hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand.
- The best hand takes the pot. If more than one player has the same winning hand, the pot is divided equally amongst all winning players. This is called 'chopping' the pot. Should two players have the same hand (i.e., both have a pair of twos), the hands are separated by who has the highest side cards ('kickers'). For instance 2-2-A-4-3 would beat 2-2-K-J-5 - a pair of twos with an ace kicker vs. a pair of twos with a king kicker.
- Hand rankings are listed in our Poker Hand Ranking chart. As typical in many poker variants, hands of matching rank are split according to their highest card. For example, an 8-high straight would beat a 6-high straight; a King-high flush beating a 10-high flush.
- The traditional ranking of playing cards apply as normal, with the cards ranking in the following order from strongest to weakest: A-K-Q-J-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2. Aces can be played either high (i.e., better than a King) or low (i.e., worse than a 2), so A-2-3-4-5 and A-K-Q-J-10 are both straights.
Learn the basics of how to play Omaha with our very own tutorial video.
Omaha Cash Games
Omaha Cash Game Play is generally only offered in the following betting variants:
- Fixed Limit Omaha Poker - There is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting.
- Pot Limit Omaha Poker - A player can bet what is in the pot.
No Limit Omaha Poker is only really seen in tournament play (and even then quite rarely), along with the more popular Pot Limit and Fixed Limit variations.