Omaha is played the same way as Texas Hold’em, except that players have four pocket cards instead of two.
OMAHA • RULES OF THE GAME
Object of the game
From the player's four individual (pocket) cards and the five community cards, use two pocket and three of the five community cards to make a five-card hand whose value is ranked higher than the hands of the other players.
Between two and ten players can play at the same Omaha table.
Omaha poker is played with a 52-card deck. The value of cards in decreasing order is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. However, Aces can be used to make a Straight flush or an Ace-2-3-4-5 Straight. Cards are shuffled between games but not between betting rounds.
The puck and the dealer
A marker, called the puck, is moved clockwise around the table one player position at a time as the game progresses, to determine the order of distribution of cards and the order during the betting rounds. When play begins, the puck is placed in front of the first active player next to the dealer, who is the equivalent of the traditional casino dealer.
Before any cards are dealt, the first player next to the puck in clockwise order places the small blind bet. The next player in clockwise order then places the big blind bet. The actual amounts of the blind bets will vary in accordance with the type of limits of the table.
First deal and first betting round
Starting with the first active player next to the puck, the dealer deals four face down cards one at a time to each player (the "pocket" cards). Once all players have received their four cards, the first betting round starts with the first player following the player who placed the big blind bet. In each betting round, as the situation permits, players have the following options:
Check: If no player has placed a bet, you can check, i.e. not bet but remain in the game.
Bet: Add a bet to the pot.
Call: Put the same bet into the pot as the previous player.
Raise: Place a higher bet than the previous player.
Fold: Not bet and lose the right of winning the pot (forfeit the game).
If no player has raised the big blind, the player who placed the big blind has the option of checking or raising.
The next betting round starts once all players that remain in the game have checked (whenever this choice is available) or have placed bets for the same amount.
The "FLOP" and the second betting round
The dealer burns the top card of the deck (which means it is dealt to the side and not used in play) then deals three community cards face up, called the Flop. The second betting round then begins with the first active player following the puck, with the same options as in the first round.
The "TURN" and the third betting round
The dealer burns the top card of the deck then deals a fourth community card face up, called the Turn. A third betting round begins with the first active player following the puck, with the same options as before.
The "RIVER" and the fourth betting round
The dealer burns the top card of the deck and deals a fifth community card face up, called the River. A fourth and final betting round then begins with the first active player following the puck, with the same options as before.
After the fourth betting round, all the players who still have their four pocket cards make the highest possible five-card poker hand they can, in order to win the pot, using two of their four pocket cards and three of the five community cards. The first player to show his cards is the player who bet or raised last. If no one bet in the previous round, the first active player next to the puck (in clockwise order) shows his cards first.
The player with the highest ranked hand in the showdown or when all the other players have folded, wins and takes the pot. The pot is shared equally among players having identical winning hands. Wins from the pot are added to the winning player's total stakes on the table. If the player is sitting at a cash game table, total stakes will automatically be paid into his or her Espacejeux account upon leaving the table.