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Omaha Poker: An Introduction
by Jason Green of Predictem.com

Omaha Poker is fast becoming a very popular game online. There are more and more players that are discovering Omaha Poker and loving it due to it being a thinking man's game with so many possibilities and action. Second to Texas Holdem, Omaha is probably the most popular poker game on the net today.

There are several variations of Omaha Poker, which are shown below. Omaha Poker is a community poker game that is much like Texas Holdem as it has betting rounds for the flop, turn and the river. There is a small difference that will have a big effect on your Omaha strategy. Each Omaha player is dealt 4 hole cars rather than 2 like in Texas Holdem.

What it is important to remember when playing Omaha Poker is that to make a poker hand you have to use 2 cards from your hand and then 3 cards that are on the board. This is very important and in turn will have an affect on the selection of your starting hand. This is the main factor that many beginning Omaha players do not understand. As you can imagine, an experienced player can capitalize on such players and make big money in doing so.

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Omaha is a game that is often referred to as a “game of nuts.” The probability of a player making a super strong hand after the hole cards are dealt increases significantly since there's more possible combinations. When playing Omaha Poker you have to have a strong hand before you put in too many chips to the pot otherwise your going to get destroyed. The extra two cards each player is dealt simply adds more outs which makes this game different than the Texas Hold'em game many are used to. A tight aggressive player in Omaha can make a killing.

The variations for Omaha Poker work in a couple of ways, as the first thing is the betting structure of the game and second high-only Omaha Poker games as well as High-Low split Omaha games have to be considered. The betting for Omaha Poker is generally either a pot limit, which is where any wager or raise can be the amount what the pot size currently is, or fixed-limit, which is where the amount of betting are determined beforehand.

The 4 variations of Omaha Poker are:

1. Pot Limit Omaha High, also known as PLO, where the highest hand wins and there is pot-betting limit.

2. Pot Limit Omaha High-Lo, which is known as PLO8, where the pot is split between the highest hand of poker and the lowest hand that contains 5 cards of 8 or lower.

3. Fixed Limit Omaha High, where the highest hand wins the showdown or fixed bet amounts.

4. Fixed Omaha Hi-Lo, where the pot is split at showdown or at the fixed bet amount. See our article on hand selection.

With the Omaha Poker Hi-Lo game both the high and low hands are independently determined at the showdown, which basically means that cards can count for both high hands and low hands.

Why is it good to Play Omaha Poker?

Players who are looking for high poker action and like to play strategies could debate about this question for some time. Here are some of the main reasons why Omaha Poker is very popular these days:

Profit – Money is always a good place to start when talking about playing any type of poker. As there are now so many players that are new to the game there will always be chances for the players who know the game of Omaha Poker, especially their strategies, to make a good profit playing the game.

Omaha Action – Omaha Poker is a game of draws and then re-draws. There are a couple of sayings that are spot-on when describing Omaha Poker: One, the turn will change everything, and two, the river changes everything. There are not a lot of poker games out there where the right play is to fold the nuts when the flop comes out, but if you do it when playing Omaha Poker can actually save you a significant amount of money.

Strategy – There is no favorite starting hand in Omaha Poker before the flop comes out. Omaha is a game where big draws can be the favorite over hands that are made when the flop comes out. If you know the odds of the game and the outs and pot limit betting can give you an advantage over other players.

Getting the Bonus – Omaha Poker is one of the best games over the Internet where you can clear a poker bonus. The reason being that the average pot size at a certain level can be significantly larger that for other types of poker games on the Net today.

New Juice – Texas Holdem has been popular for a while now and Omaha gives players a new challenge for players that are a little tired of playing Texas Holdem.

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