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Omaha Poker

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A five high straight (A 2 3 4 5). Also known as a Wheel.

Case Card
The last card of a particular rank that has not been seen during a hand and is believed to be in the deck.

Chop Chop
Splitting the pot when equal hands are drawn.

Drawing Dead
Trying to make a particular hand that, even if it is made, cannot possibly win.

Free Roll
When you have the nuts with more cards to come.

Gut Shot
An inside straight draw. (ie: you hold A K J 10 7)

The highest card in your hand that does not make a pair or trips.

Limp In
To call another players bet with a weak hand.

To fold and throw your hand into the discard pile; the discard pile itself.

The best possible hand that can be made in any given situation of a game.

Playing the Overs
An agreement among the players left in a game who want to play a higher limit.

A poker player who has a reputation for playing consistently low risk poker.

A poker player who plays a game nearly every night.

Winning several poker games close together in a short period of time.

Slow Play
To play your hand in a much weaker manner than it would normally call for in order to disguise its strength for a future betting round.

Under the Gun
Playing in the first position to the left of the dealer.


To be honest, if you can play Hold’em, you’ll pick Omaha up in no time at all. If your Hold’em is a little rusty, we suggest a quick refresher course by using our in-depth how to play Texas Hold’em guide. You should then come back to this page to find out the variations in Omaha.

Like Texas Hold’em, Omaha is a community card game where your one and only aim is to make the best five card hand that you can from the cards you’re given and the cards that are dealt face up in the centre of the table. So far so good, just like Hold’em you say. But whoa, hold on there, as this is where it all gets a little bit different…

As you’ll know, in Texas Hold’em each poker player receives two cards that only they can see (their “hole cards”) before the five community cards are dealt face up. In Omaha, each player is dealt four hole cards. Before you think whoopy-do, there’s a catch. Unlike Hold’em, where you can use any combination of hole and community cards to make your best five card hand, in Omaha you must use two of your hole cards and three community cards when making your hand. So, just to recap, as this is important: when making your five card hand, you must use two of your four hole cards, and three of the five community cards. Voila!

Apart from that, the game follows the same patterns as Texas Hold’em, poker with the same blind structure and betting rounds. If you’re not sure about all that, you’ll get everything you need to know in our how to play Texas Hold’em guide.


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