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Omaha High is closely related to Texas Hold'em, with the primary difference between the two being that players in Omaha High are initially dealt four cards, rather than two.
An Omaha High game begins with each player receiving four hole cards, face down. Between rounds of betting, the dealer then lays a total of five cards face up on the table (community cards).
A player's hand now consists of their highest ranking five cards, using three of the five community cards and two of their hole cards. After a final round of betting, the showdown determines who wins the pot!
If you play Omaha High as a cash game, you must buy-in a minimum amount of chips when sitting down at your chosen table. The minimum buy-in varies from table to table, but it normally starts at twenty times the big blind. For example, on a £0.25/£0.50 table the minimum buy-in would be £10.
Omaha High uses a disc called a Dealer Button to indicate where the cards are to be dealt. Prior to the deal, the two players to the left of the dealer button place live bets called the Small Blind and the Big Blind. It is called a blind because players must pay this amount before seeing their cards. It is a live bet because it counts as a part of any further bets in the first betting round.
The play begins with four cards dealt facedown to each player. Action starts with a Betting Round, beginning with the player to the left of the blind bets and continuing clockwise around the table. Players may then bet, check, raise or fold in turn.
Three community cards called The Flop are then dealt, facing upwards, in the center of the table, and another betting round takes place - beginning with the player to the left of the dealer button. Another card is dealt face up, called The Turn Card, followed by another round of betting.
The fifth and last card called The River is dealt face up and a final round of betting takes place. Players remaining in the hand will then show their cards and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Players must form their best five-card poker hand from only two of their four pocket cards and any three of five community cards.
Up to 10 players are seated around a table.
In front of one of the players is a round disc or button. This disc determines the order of betting (posting the blinds) and moves to the left one player at a time, after each hand.
Before the cards are dealt at the beginning of each hand, the two players directly to the left of the dealer button must post blinds. To post a blind is to place a bet before getting dealt your cards.
The player to the immediate left of the dealer button posts the Small Blind, equal to half of the minimum bet (e.g. £5 for a £10/£20 game). The player to the left of the small blind posts the Big Blind, equal to the amount of the minimum bet (e.g. £10 for a £10/£20 game).
Once the blinds have been posted, the first round of cards is dealt. These consist of four cards face down to each player and are called the Pocket Cards. Only the individual player can see their own pocket cards.
After the pocket cards have been bealt, the first round of betting takes place, beginning with the player immediately to the left of the big blind and continuing in a clockwise direction around the table.
Bet amounts are fixed by the table stakes. For example, in a £3/£6 table, bets are £3 in the first two rounds and £6 in the last two. The bet amount can climb a maximum of 3 times in each round of betting. In other words, there can be one bet and three raises in each round.
Next, three cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called The Flop. All three cards are Community Cards and can be used by all of the players at the table to make up their best possible hand.
After the flop is dealt, a second round of betting takes place, again beginning with the player immediately to the left of the dealer button. All subsequent rounds of betting begin with the player to left of the dealer button.
Following the flop, a fourth Community Card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. This card is called The Turn Card and can also be used by all players. It is followed by a third round of betting.
Finally, a fifth and final Community Card is dealt face up in the middle of the table. It is called The River Card and is followed by a fourth and final round of betting.
Once all betting is complete, players determine the best five-card hand that they can make from two of their four pocket cards and three of the five community cards. Four of these cards will be in their own possession and dealt as down cards, and five will be face up as community cards to be shared by all players.
Therefore, if a player is dealt four kings down, only two of the kings count toward the final hand. The remaining three cards must come from the community cards. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. Should multiple hands tie, the pot is split with any odd amount going to the player immediately to the left of the dealer.
After a hand is completed and the pot taken by the winner, the dealer button is moved one player to the left and the next hand begins.
These buttons will only be accessible when it is not the player's turn :
During player's turn to act, these buttons will not be accessible and only the 3 main buttons will be accessible (Fold / Check / Raise).