Omaha Holdem Poker – The game of many moves

Omaha Hold’em is a poker variant that enjoys great popularity, especially in Europe. The game exists in the variants Limit and Pot Limit, the latter being the more frequently played. At first glance, Omaha seems closely related to Texas Hold’em, but there are grave differences. In Omaha, each player receives four face-down cards (pocket cards). A maximum of nine persons can be seated per table. The game is played in four rounds: pre-flop, flop, turn and river. As with Texas Hold’em, the blinds, the small blind and the big blind, are paid.

Then the game begins. Pre flop, before the flop is laid, the four pocket cards are issued, followed by a first round of betting. With the flop, the second round, three common cards are visible to all players on the table. In the third round, the turn, the dealer puts another common card on the table. After the bets have been made, the last card and the river complete the hand. If more than one player is left at the end, the showdown determines the winner.

It is very important in Omaha Hold’em that the hand must consist of exactly two of the four pocket cards and exactly three of the five open common cards. This is the seemingly small but significant difference to Texas Hold’em at first glance. There are many more possible combinations in Omaha than in Hold’em, so this game requires the highest levels of strategic thinking. In general, the winner’s hand is also much higher than in Texas Hold’em. Especially beginners forget this easily.

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