Omaha poker is mainly played with high hands only, but the high-low split version is also popular. Omaha High-low (aka “Omaha Hi-Lo”, “Omaha hi/lo”, “Omaha high/low” etc.). In Europe Omaha limit high-only is dominant. In the US, the HiLo game is gaining in popularity. Before playing, it’s best to clear up the rules so as not to get confused later.
Omaha Holdem poker rules are based on Texas Holdem with these main differences:
- Players are dealt four pocket cards.
- Player MUST use two pocket cards and three community cards to make the best possible poker hand.
- There can be a maximum of 10 players.
When playing omaha poker each player is dealt four cards face down (the pocket cards). Then the first betting round begins.
Rounds are the same as in Texas Holdem:
- Preflop – Two cards are dealt to every player face down, starting with the small blind.
- The Flop – the dealer lays out the first three community cards in the center of the table.
- The Turn – A fourth card is dealt face up in the middle of the table.
- The River – A fifth and final card is dealt face up in the middle of the table.
The player with the best 5-card hand wins.
Note: you cannot Play the Board as two cards have to come from your hand.