Online Omaha High
Omaha High, also known as Omaha Hi, is the most popular version of all the Omaha poker variations. It is found in casinos and online all across the globe. Omaha High is a much less complex game than Omaha Hi-Lo, and it is because of this that so many people choose to play. You can join them right now in an online casino for the chance to win big.
How to Play Omaha High
Although there are several different versions of the Omaha game, players should know that many of the basics of Texas Holdem are similar to Omaha High. If you have played one, you will no doubt be able to pick up the other.
Like Texas Hold’em, the “dealer chip”, as well as small/big blind bets are permanent additions to the game and will be assigned to players before each round. The dealer will begin each hand by dealing four facedown cards to every player before betting begins. Players may choose to “call” or “raise” in this round of betting, or they may decide to “fold” their hand.
The remainder of the round is played out in much the same way as Texas Holdem, apart from limited betting rules, which may vary at different online casinos. After the Flop, a second round of betting begins in which the players have the ability to “check” as well as “raise” and “call”. Third and fourth rounds of betting will take place after the Turn and River, respectively, before the Showdown.
Omaha rules state that the player must use exactly three of the five community-cards, and two of their four personal cards when making their best five-card hand at the Showdown. This blatant difference to Texas Hold ’em makes for a very different end game. Hands such as a Full House and Flush are much harder to pull off in Omaha than in Texas. For example, let us say that the five-card community spread contains K♦ Q♦ 8♣ 6♥ 7♣ and the player has Q♣ 8♦ 8♥ 2♣. They cannot claim a Full House because they must use three community-cards, and only two of their own. They can call a Three of a Kind by using both of their 8s and the community 8, but cannot use their Queen as well.
Omaha Hi becomes quite a simple game after playing a few rounds. With a little practice you may find yourself cleaning up the winnings. You can play it online today, but if you are really looking for a challenge, try your hand at Omaha Hi-Lo.
Omaha High History
Robert Turner was the man who convinced Bill Boyd to introduce Omaha (known then as Nugget Holdem) into Las Vegas casinos; beyond that, there is very little known about how Omaha High came into existence. Still, the game continues to be as successful online as it is in casinos, and, unlike Omaha Hi-Lo, it is popular in Europe as well as North America.