Like Texas Hold’em, the object of Omaha is to make the best possible five-card hand. Using a combination of hole cards and five community cards.
In Omaha, however players are dealt four hole cards and must make a five-card hand using exactly two hole cards. And three community cards. This differs from Texas Hold’em. In which players get two hole cards, and can use any combination of hole cards and community cards to make the best five-card hand.
There are two common versions of Omaha that are played around the world. Regular Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo (aka Omaha Eight or Better).
Omaha Hi is usually play with either pot-limit or limit betting rules. For more on the different betting structures in poker, check out our guide to Poker Betting Rules.
Pot Limit Omaha is commonly called “PLO”, and is the second-most popular poker game in the world, behind Texas Hold’em.
Most poker games utilize the standard poker hand ranking system. So it’s important to know which hand wins head to head. When you turn your cards face up. Betting structures, like no-limit, pot-limit and fixed-limit can be applied to many different card games.