Omaha is a Poker game in which each player receives four cards as their initial hand. Each player MUST use a specific combination of five cards: any two out of their hand and any three from the board (community cards) to form the best five-card Poker hand and also the best five-card low hand.

Blind and Betting Structure

In order to start the betting action, Omaha uses what are called blind bets (blinds) to stimulate action and initiate play. Blinds are posted before the dealer deals the first cards.

Blinds are posted by players who sit in consecutive clockwise order from the dealer button with the first player posting a predetermined amount called the “small blind.” The next person in order posts what is known as the “big blind.” These are known as “Pre-Flop”bets. Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the big blind as each player has the following three options:

  • to pay the amount of the Big Blind;
  • to make a higher bet (Raise);
  • to fold.

The board cards are dealt in three sequences known as the “flop,” the “turn,” and the “river.” In Hold’em there are four total rounds of betting- „Pre-Flop”, “Turn”and “River”. The first round of betting takes place after each player has been dealt their initial two-card hand.

The second betting round takes place after the flop has been dealt. The third round of betting takes place after the turn card has been dealt and the fourth and final round of betting will take place after the river card has been dealt.

A new player entering any Hold’em game has to pay the amount of the Big Bling or to wait till his turn for Big Blind comes.

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