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This is my new website about Omaha poker. I plan to include articles on Omaha poker strategy and rules for Omaha poker games. The goal of these articles is to help new players learn how to play and win at Omaha poker games online.
Omaha poker, (Omaha hi-lo in particular), has been called the poker "game of the future". Like Texas Holdem, Omaha poker is a community card game; players share a board of 5 cards which combine with the cards in their hands (their hole cards) to try to make the best hand and win the pot. In Omaha hi-lo (aka Omaha/8) the best high hand and the best low hand split the pot.
Since Omaha 8 is a split pot game, pots tend to get pretty large, because most players can find something to play for: the best hand, the lowest hand, or both. Another factor that keeps pots large in Omaha/8 is that each player receives 4 hole cards instead of just 2. With 4 cards to choose from, most players find some potential hand that they think is worth playing.
Some people find Omaha confusing. They have a hard time figuring out what the best possible hand is, or what the best possible low hand is. But if you can figure out Texas holdem, then you can figure out Omaha too.
Omaha poker is as popular or more popular than Texas holdem in Europe, and it's gaining in popularity here in the USA. A skilled Omaha player can make more money in online Omaha poker games than he can playing Texas holdem, because a lot of times new Omaha players are way too loose. With just a little bit of hand selection and a tendency to not bluff too much, even a new Omaha player can be profitable quickly online.
Omaha Poker Games
Really there are only 2 Omaha poker games:
In Omaha, the high hand wins the pot. Omaha 8 is the version where the low hand splits the pot. Omaha 8 is the more commonly played Omaha poker game, and in my opinion, is the more fun version.
The limits that are being played for have a big difference in game texture too, almost so much that pot limit Omaha 8 can almost be considered a different game than limit Omaha 8. Some online poker rooms also spread no limit Omaha games. So the 3 subdivisions can be considered:
Eventually I'll include information about all 3 variations in betting and how they affect the strategy for playing Omaha poker.