How To Play Omaha
After the pot is awarded, a new game of Omaha is ready to begin. The button now moves clockwise to the next player.
Omaha is an exciting poker game derived from Texas Holdem. Each player is dealt four cards (hole cards) which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the board. All players use three of the five community cards together with two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. To view the rankings of poker hands, visit our hand rankings page.
In Omaha, a disc also known as the button, serves to indicate which player is the nominal dealer for the current game. Before the game begins, the player immediately clockwise the button posts the small blind, typically half a small bet (for example, $1 in a $2/$4 game). The player immediately clockwise the small blind posts the big blind, which is always a full small bet ($2 in a $2/$4 game). Now, each player receives his or her four hole cards. Betting action proceeds around the table, starting with the player immediately clockwise the big blind.
Now, the flop is dealt face-up on the board. The flop is the first three community cards available to all active players. Betting begins with the active player immediately clockwise the button. All bets and raises occur in small bets (increments of $2 in a $2/$4 game).
When betting action is completed for the flop round, the turn is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in an Omaha game. Betting begins with the active player immediately clockwise the button. On this round, betting doubles from the small bet to the big bet. In a $2/$4 game, betting on the turn is done in $4 increments..
When betting action is completed for the turn round, the river is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in an Omaha game. Betting begins with the active player immediately clockwise the button.
If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards. If there was no bet on the final round, the player immediately clockwise the button shows his or her cards. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. In Omaha, players must use two and only two of their four hole cards in combination with three cards from the board. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands.