Although one of the oldest poker variants being played around the world, Omaha is not as popular as its ‘competitors’ like Texas Hold’em or 5-Card Draw. It is a game that can be found in many poker rooms, though, and has a considerable gamer base.
In normal Omaha Hold’em games each player gets four cards, and has to use two of those along with three of the five community cards on the table to form the strongest possible poker hand. In 5-Card Omaha things change a little – the number of community cards stays the same – five – but the players also receive five cards each to use for making poker hands.
When comparing hands of Omaha and Texas Hold’em players, we will see that Omaha players usually have stronger hands, as they have more cards – four – to choose from instead of two. According to this logic, in 5-Card Omaha the hands will tend to be even stronger – players will have the chance to choose the strongest of five cards to use for their final hand.
5-Card Omaha is usually played as a pot limit or no limit game. Pot limit means that the maximum amount of money a player can raise is limited by the amount in the pot. In no limit games – well, the name speaks for itself. Pot limit 5-Card Omaha is the most popular form of the game.
Betting is 5-Card Omaha is done similar to the other Hold’em games – blind bets are placed, cards are dealt, and betting begins.
Blind bets are also set according to the usual rules in other Hold’em games – the small blind equals to half of the small betting amount, and the big blind is twice the small blind bet.
After the betting is done, the dealer places the flop on the table, followed by a betting round, and proceeds to deal the rest of the community cards, one by one – the turn and the river. Each one is followed by betting rounds, until the showdown.
The player placing the last bet will be the first to reveal the cards. Hands are formed using exactly two of the players’ five-card hand and exactly three of the five community cards. The best hand wins the pot. Standard poker hand rankings apply. In the unlikely case when two or more players have hands with the exact same value, the pot is divided equally between them.
5-Card Omaha is a fun game to play, available in most online poker rooms.