Omaha Poker

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Omaha Poker is a fast action variation of Texas Hold'em that is played with four down cards. Players are each dealt four cards face down and five community cards are dealt face up in the center of the table. Any combination of two pocket cards and 3 board cards must be used to make your best poker hand. This game is more complex than it may first appear to the uninitiated because you are restricted to using exactly 2 down cards to make your hand.

Don't forget to check the House Rules at the pokerroom you play. Check for Hi-Lo games (pot is split between between the best high hand and the best qualifying low hand)!

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How to play Omaha

 1) Prior to dealing the cards, two blinds (the Small Blind and the Big Blind) are placed in the pot by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer (indicated by the red dealer button). The blinds are put in to start the action.

2) Everyone is dealt four "down" cards. The action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind folding, calling, or raising. Play continues with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first betting round.

3) Upon completion of the first round of betting, three cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table (community cards known as "the Flop"). This is the second round of betting. Beginning with this round of betting and throughout the remaining rounds of betting, the player to the left of the dealer button acts first. A player may now Check or Bet (if there is no betting in front of them). If there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may Call, Raise, or Fold.

4) Upon completion of the action on the "flop," another card is dealt face-up (known as the "The Turn" or "Fourth Street"). This is the third betting round. The size of the bet doubles on this round of betting. The betting again starts with the player closest to the left of the button.

5) Following the completion of action on "the turn", the dealer turns over the last card (known as "The River" or "Fifth Street"). This is the final round of betting.

6) When all bets are in, the showdown takes place between remaining players where the winner is declared. (See Rank of Hands).