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Omaha High Omaha High Poker is Texas Hold’em with a twist. The difference between the two poker games is that, in Hold’em, players are dealt two pocket cards, while, in Omaha High, players receive four pocket cards.
In almost every other way, the two games are the same. In Omaha High Poker, after the four pocket cards are distributed, five community cards – the Flop, the Turn and the River – are dealt into the middle of the table and they can be used to form winning hands. The ultimate five-card hand can use only two pocket cards and three community cards.
In William Hill Poker Canada Omaha High cash games, every table has a minimum buy-in. In a pot-limit $0.50/$1.00 game, the minimum buy-in is 20 times the lower bet, or $10.
In all other types of Omaha High tables, the minimum buy-in is 10 times the minimum bet. For instance, at a $10/$20 table, the minimum buy-in is $100.
At the start of a hand of Omaha High, the Dealer Button is placed in front of a player. In ensuing hands, the button rotates to the left. Before any cards are dealt, the player seated to the left of the Dealer Button posts a Small Blind and the player to the left of the Small Blind posts a Big Blind. The blinds are called as such because they are in effect blind bets, placed before any cards are dealt and seen. The blinds are the first bets of a hand of Omaha High.
After the big and small blinds are posted, every player gets four pocket cards (cards that are dealt face down) and only the player can see them. A round of betting follows the four pocket cards, beginning with the player seated to the left of the Big Blind, continuing in a clockwise manner, and ending with the Big Blind. Players can exercise their option to fold their cards, call the bet, raise the bet, or check (do nothing).
After the first round of betting ends, the Flop is dealt face up into the middle of the table. The Flop is formed of the first three “community” cards, thus named because all the players can use these cards to form a winning hand. The Flop is followed by a round of betting (the second), beginning with the player to the left of the Dealer Button. The next community card is called the Turn and after it is dealt alongside the Flop there is another round of betting. The River is the final community card and it is followed by the fourth and last round of betting.
After the fourth round of betting, there is a showdown and the remaining players show their cards. The highest-ranked five-card hand wins; however, Omaha High rules dictate that only two of the four pocket cards can be used, along with three of the five community cards.
At William Hill Poker Canada, Omaha High tables are limited to a maximum of 10 players.
The Dealer Button, which determines the position of the Big Blind, the Small Blind, and the player who bets first (and last), rotates to the left after every hand.
The “blinds” are the first bets in a game of Omaha High. They are posted before the pocket cards are dealt, making them blind bets. The Small Blind is posted by the player seated to the left of the Dealer Button and the Big Blind is posted by the player seated to the left of the Small Blind.
The amount of the Small Blind is equal to half of the minimum bet. For instance, in a $10/$20 game, the Small Blind would be CA$5.00. The Big Blind in our example would be the equivalent of the minimum bet, or $10.
Only once the blinds are posted, are the first four cards dealt. These cards are dealt face down and they are referred to as “Pocket” cards or hole cards. Players see only their own cards.
These four pocket cards are followed by a round of betting, starting with the player who is seated to the left of the Big Blind and moving in a clockwise direction. The Big Blind is the last player to bet (or to fold, check, or raise).
The allowable betting amounts for Omaha High are determined by the table stakes. Using the $10/$20 example given above, bets can be $10 in the first two rounds and $20 in the final two rounds. There can be a maximum of three raises per round (after the initial bet).
Following the first round of betting, three Community Cards – called the Flop – are dealt face up into the middle of the table. They are called Community Cards because they are available to all players to use to form a winning five-card hand. After the Flop cards are placed onto the table, there is a round of betting, which starts with the position to the left of the Dealer Button.
After the post-Flop round of betting, another community card is dealt into the middle of the table. This is called the Turn, and it too is followed by a round of betting.
The fifth and final community card follows the Turn; it is called the River. After the River, there is one final round of betting.
After the fourth round of betting, whoever is left in the game reveals their cards and the highest-ranking five-card hand wins. In Omaha High, the winning hand must be comprised of no more than two pocket cards and just three community cards. (Omaha High differs in this way from standard Texas Hold’em.) If two players have the same hand and there is a tie, the pot is split equally between the two players, with the odd chip going to the player seated to the left of the dealer.
The showdown signals the end of the round and a new round of Omaha High can now begin. The Dealer Button moves one position to the left, the blinds are posted, and play proceeds as previously noted.
Before it is your turn to act, you can access the Bet Ahead buttons, as follows:
Once it is your turn, however, these buttons will no longer be accessible. You can still use the main Fold, Raise, and Check buttons.