Omaha is a community card poker game similar to Texas hold 'em, where each player is dealt four cards and must make his or her best hand using exactly two of them, plus exactly three of the five community cards. The exact origin of the game is unknown, but casino executive Robert Turner first brought Omaha into a casino setting when he introduced the game to Bill Boyd, who offered it as a game at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino (calling it "Nugget Hold'em").
How To Play
A flat disk called the “Button” shall be used to indicate an imaginary dealer.
Before the commencement of play, the dealer will deal one card for each player at the table and the button will start with the position that has the highest card.
The button will move around the table in a clockwise manner after each hand of play.
The player to the immediate left of the button is required to place a Small Blind bet. The player to the immediate left of the Small Blind bet is required to place a Big Blind bet. The amount and number of all Blind bets will be posted on a Poker Table sign.
Starting with the player to the immediate left of the button and continuing in a clockwise rotation around the Poker table, the dealer shall deal four rounds of cards face down to each player, with the player with the button being the last player to receive a card each time.
Each player in turn, in a clockwise rotation starting with the player to the left of the Big Blind bet, has the option to Call, Raise or Fold. If no player has raised the bet, then the option to raise is given to both Blind bet/s. After the last player has responded to the most recent bet, the betting round shall be considered complete.
The dealer will Tap the table in front of the rack, burn the top card of the deck and place it under the chips in the pot, and proceed to deal three community cards (the flop) face-up in the center of the table.
The next betting round shall commence with the option to bet or check belonging to the first player to the left of the button who has not folded. Each player may, in clockwise rotation, fold, call, raise the bet or, if preceding players have not made a bet, make an opening check or bet. The betting round shall be considered complete when each player has either folded or called in response to the most recent bet.
Upon completion of the betting round the dealer will again burn the top card of the deck and then deal a fourth community card (the Turn) face-up to the right of the Flop.
The next betting round will begin with the option to check or bet belonging to the first player to the left of the button who has not folded.
Upon completion of the betting round the dealer will again burn the top card of the deck and then deal a fifth community card (the River) face-up to the right of the Turn.
The final betting round will begin with the option to check or bet belonging to the first player to the left of the button who has not folded.
If more than one player remains in the round of play after the final betting round has been completed, a showdown shall be used to determine the winner of the pot.
Each player remaining in the game shall form a five-card poker hand by using two of the four cards dealt to the player and three of the five community cards.
In High-Low Split Eight or Better poker, the player with the highest ranking five-card Poker hand and the player with the lowest ranking five-card Poker hand, will divide the pot equally. If there is an extra $1.00, that chip will be give to the player with the high hand.
In Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better Poker, if in the event that none of the remaining players has a low hand, the entire pot will be awarded to the player with the highest-ranking High Poker hand.
A player may form two different hands of five cards each, enabling that player to contend for both the High hand and Low hand share of the pot.
A player may use the same five-card grouping to make a high hand and a low hand.
An Ace may be used concurrently as a low ranking card to satisfy a Low hand and as a high-ranking card to satisfy a high hand.