Omaha Poker Games in India
Omaha Poker is an exciting game derived from Texas Hold͛em with a slight difference in the playing methodology. It is played with four hole cards and five community cards in which the player MUST use two of the hole cards and three of the community cards to make the best five card poker hand. In our software we will be playing the Pot limit version of Omaha. Omaha is a trickier game in which you have to use the two best cards out of the four hole cards in your hand – that and the three community cards that you choose to use must make the best ranking five card poker hand that you can to win.
How to play: To start with; each player is dealt with four face-down hole cards. Each game has a predefined size of a small blind and a big blind in the ratio of 1:2. One player is marked the dealer to begin with and that rotates in a clockwise direction to complete a full round. The small blind and big blind are placed by the first and second player immediately to the left of the marked dealer in every hand. The round commences after the hole cards are dealt and the force blinds are placed. The game is played in the following rounds:
Preflop: The round starts at the player who is sitting to the immediate left of the big blind. The player can call͛ (match the big blind amount) or raise͛ (depends on the pot and the player). The round continues till all the players have placed the equal amount in the pot according to the bets or blinds and each participating player has gotten the chance to act. Example if any player raises the bet the cycle will continue again till all the players have called the betting amount or are All-in or decide to fold their hand.
Flop: After the previous round of betting three community cards will be displayed face up on the table that is visible to all active or even non-active players. The round starts with the active player who is to the immediate left of the dealer. The flop round continues till all the players have placed the same bet amount in the pot or all have decided to check the flop. If any player raises the bet all the other active players have to either call the raised amount or fold to move to the next round.
Turn: One community card called the turn will be dealt face up on the table accessible to all the players. The active player who is to the immediate left of the dealer will initiate the round with a bet or he can check (the entire round can go checked around if none of the active players decide to bet) as well. The round will initiate as previous rounds and end with the same rules as previously discussed.
River: When the betting is complete for the turn round a fifth community card will be dealt face up on the table accessible to all players. The active players who have a chance to make the higher hand rank will continue to bet in the further rounds by call͛ing, raising or checking and the round continues till all the players have put the same bet amount and got the chance to act.
Showdown: Once the river betting round completes, five face up community cards are displayed and at least one active player is there. All the active players have to then showdown their cards and the highest ranking player will win the pot amount. If two or more players hold the winning hand then the pot amount will be distributed in same proportion.
Note: Omaha poker is the variant of poker in which the best two hole cards in your hand and the best three cards from the community cards are used to make the best five card hand rank for winning the game.
Example: Remember that you can use two cards of the four hole cards and three cards of the five community cards to make the winning hand.
After all the rounds are completed the winner can be determined in following way:
On the board suppose following cards are displayed: 2♦, J♠, Q♠, K♥, A♣
Player 1: 10♥,9♠,9♦,2♣
Player 2: 10♠,2♠,3♦,4♦
In this game
Player 1 will have straight of: 9♠, 10♥, J♠, Q♠, K♥
Player 2 will have just a pair of: 2♠, 2♦, 10♠, K♥, A♣
Conclusion: Player 1 wins with high ranking card of straight over lower ranking card of a pair
Note: If any active player has no pair, no straight or any stronger hand than the player with higher valued single card will win the game.
Example : A♣, 3♦,4♦, 6♦ ,7♣ will win over K♥, 6♣ ,8♦,9♦,10♣
And A♣, Q♦,10♦, 6♦ ,7♣ will win over A♥, Q♣ ,10♦,3♦,4♣
Please note that suits of the card play no role in determining the strength of the hand.