Omaha is one of the most popular poker variations out there, especially in poker tournaments. In most poker rooms and tournaments Omaha is second only to the undisputed king of poker Texas Hold'em. Omaha is very similar to Texas Hold'em except one main difference. The hands in Omaha are usually much better because you can choose out of nine cards. Omaha also frequently played as a high-low split game, meaning that the best hand and the lowest hand split the pot among themselves. In fact Omaha is also called High-Low Split or 8-Or-Better.
Omaha is played very similarly to Texas Hold'em. The players post the blinds and then receive hole cards, though in Omaha each player receives four cards instead of the two in Texas Hold'em. After receiving the hole cards a betting round takes place and then comes the flop, the turn and the river with a betting round between each of them. The main difference between Omaha and Texas Hold'em is that each of the players has to form his hand out of precisely two hole cards and three board cards. If you are trying to win the low hand you must use two unpaired hole cards that are ranked lower than eight and three board cards, also unpaired, that are also ranked lower than eight.
Paul Jefferson, Editorial Staff
November 29, 2005