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OMAHA

The origin of Omaha is unknown but Robert Turner first brought Omaha into a casino setting when he introduced it to Bill Boyd, who later offered it as a game in the Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas. It was originally called ‘Nugget Hold’em’. Omaha is largely played as ‘Pot Limit’ due to the high variance in the game.

The aim of Omaha is to make the best five card hand out of the nine cards available to you. You must use two of the four hole cards and three of the community cards to make your Omaha hand.

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HOW TO PLAY OMAHA IN 10 EASY STEPS…

  1. Every player gets dealt four cards face down by the ‘Dealer’. These are dealt one at a time in a clockwise fashion starting with the small blind.
  2. Before the hand starts there is a ‘Dealer’ and a small blind and big blind which are to the immediate left of the dealer.
  3. The player to the left of the big blind acts first and can either fold, call or raise.
  4. Every player takes it in turns to act until all players remaining in the hand have matched the biggest bet.
  5. Three cards are then dealt in the middle of the table face up, these are called the ‘Flop’.
  6. The player to the left of the dealer acts first and has the option to check or bet. The action again moves clockwise until all remaining players have matched the biggest bet.
  7. The next card to be dealt is the ‘Turn’ which is the fourth card to be dealt face up.
  8. The action again starts with the player to the left of the dealer and has the option to bet or check. The action again moves clockwise until all remaining players have matched the biggest bet.
  9. The final card to be dealt face up is called the ‘River’, this card is the fifth card to be face up making seven cards in total when including your two cards face down.
  10. The player to the left of the dealer acts first and has the option to check or bet. The action again moves clockwise until all remaining players have matched the biggest bet. Once finished every player turns their cards over and the player with the best hand wins.


Although our poker strategy page is largely geared towards Hold’em, some articles can be allied to Omaha as well. I would advise starting with the ‘Basics’ section.

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