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Omaha High

Omaha High poker (also known as simply Omaha High) is one of the most popular poker games in the world, after Texas Hold'em poker. There are two types of Omaha High games:

Limit Omaha High (specific betting limit applied to each game and on each round of betting) Pot Limit Omaha High (players can bet what’s in the pot) The game: Like Texas Hold'em, Omaha High poker uses what’s called a “dealer button” to indicate the theoretical dealer of each hand. After each hand is completed, as with standard poker rules, the button moves clockwise to the next active player. This player is considered “the dealer” for that hand. Usually a single deck of cards is used to play a hand of poker, where a deck is 52 cards, excluding the jokers.

First round: A fresh game starts with the first person sitting at the table becoming the dealer and the next player—the player to the left of the dealer—posting what’s called “the small blind.”

The small blind, officially, is equal to half of the lower stake at any given table, but this is only a guideline and NOT a strict rule. What usually happens is that the small blind is rounded down to the nearest whole dollar. For example, if you’re playing at a $5/$10 Omaha High table, you would expect the small blind to be $2.50. In actuality, the small blind is only $2. There are different procedures at different tables, so be sure you know what you’re expected to do. Rounding down, however, is very common in most online poker rooms.

Moving on: the player to the left of the small blind is required to post “the big blind,” equal to the lower stake limit. In certain scenarios it’s possible for more than one player to post a big blind in a hand. This can happen if a new player joins a table at which a game is already going on. The new player gets the option of placing a big blind at the start of the next hand or waiting for his or her turn (as decided by the movement of the button) to place the big blind in turn. Just as a reminder, all of the blinds in Omaha High poker are considered live bets and the players who post them have the option of checking, calling, raising or folding when the action returns to them.

After the blinds have been placed, the down cards/hole cards are dealt to each active player. In Omaha High—unlike in Texas Hold'em—four cards are dealt to each of the players, after which the first betting round begins. The player to the left of the player who placed the big blind starts the betting for the round.

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