Omaha Poker

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Omaha Poker Rules

The purpose of the poker game is to obtain the best possible combination of five cards (when it comes to Omaha game, unlike with texas holdem, you have four individual cards, plus the commune cards on the game table).

The Blinds

The two blinds (big blind si small blind) are forced bets that have the purpose of creating the minimal pot (the value of the blind is different from one game table to another, starting from $0.1 small blind to tens of dollars).

Betting rounds

After the blinds are paid, each player gets two cards and the first preflop betting round begins. The first player who acts is the one on the right of the blinds. Each player has available a series of actions: check, bet, raise, re-raise, and fold.
After closing this first betting round, the first three commune cards are revealed – flop. A new betting round begins. After each player acts, the turn follows; the fourth card is placed on the game table and a new betting round follows.
The fifth card, the river, is placed on the table and the final betting round begins.

Showdown

This is the final phase, when players show their cards for the pot winner to be discovered. The winner is the one that has the best possible combination of five cards, using both the individual cards as well as the commune cards consisting of the flop, the turn and the river. Actually, this is the only difference between Omaha and Texasa hold'em games.
During this round only the remaining players confront their hands (a hand can close at any time in case all players, except for one withdraw from the game’ the winner can choose between showing his hand and hiding it).
If two or more players have the same combination of cards, the pot is equally shared between them.

Omaha Hi/Lo Poker Rules

Omaha HI/Lo, is a variation of the Omaha poker game, its particularity being that players try to get both the highest and the lowest valued hand (there is the possibility for both the highest and the lowest hands to be realized by the same player) by using two of the individual cards and three of the commune cards. The lowest hand cannot always be realized (the highest card of the combination should be 8), in which case the player that has the most valuable combination wins the entire pot.
The betting rounds are the same as with Omaha.
At Showdown half the pot goes to the player that has the lowest valued combination and the other half to the player that has the highest valued combination.

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