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Omaha Poker Rules

Pot-Limit Omaha Poker has been a popular game in Europe for years and due to it's action enticing nature has captured the interest of online poker players worldwide, from beginners to pro's like Patrick Antonius and Tom 'durrr' Dwan, who regularly clash heads up on the $500/$1000 Pot Limit tables on Full Tilt Poker (Create a free account to watch these games).

omaha on full tilt poker

Full Tilt Pro Patrik Antonius gets it in with (now PokerStars Pro) Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom for a grand total of $815,974.50

If you've never played Omaha poker before you probably will have a hard time figuring out the hands on the showdown, that's why you first have to learn the basic rules of Omaha Poker by reading the guide below:

Rules of Omaha Poker

If you've just familiarized yourself with the basic Texas Holdem poker rules, or you already understand how to run and play poker online games, you'll find the rules of omaha poker to be very similar to Texas Hold 'em. The game play however is very different, mainly due to that every player is dealt four cards in Omaha, instead of two in Hold'em. Of the four cards you are only allowed to use two to make a five card poker hand at showdown.

How to make a hand in Omaha

With four cards available to you the chances of making a straight, flush, full house or better significantly improves and this is one of the reasons that Omaha is such an action game.

Your Hand The Board
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The best five card poker hand you can make here is Image 9 Image 7 Image 8 Image 10 Image 7 - a nine high straight, because you can only use two cards from your hand and three from the board. In Hold'em it's likely that someone has made a flush on this board and due to the many possible combinations in Omaha your straight will be beat fairly often when there is a three card flush on the board. 

The other rules and game play are just the same as the texas holdem poker rules, although Texas Holdem is usually played as No-Limit, and Omaha with Pot Limit betting rules.

Poker Hand Rankings

An ace-high straight flush

Five cards of the same suit ranked sequentially in order

Four cards of the same numerical value

(4TH)Full House

Three cards of the same numerical rank combined with two other cards of the same numerical rank

(5TH)Flush

Five cards of the same suit

(6TH)Straight

Five cards ranked sequentially in order regardless of suit

Three cards of the same numerical rank

(8TH)Two Pair

Two cards of the same numerical rank and two other cards of the same numerical rank

(9TH)Pair

Two cards of the same numerical rank

(10TH)High Card

The card with the higher numerical value e.g. A high

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