Omaha 101

This page will provide you with all the ins and outs of the most action-packed poker type: Omaha. Only one of our android poker apps offers this poker type, but it still great to learn this poker type. If you master Omaha for android, you will be a faired player. This page will explain everything you need to know to become a winning android Omaha player.

Introduction

Omaha is one of the most action-packed poker types. It’s not as popular as it counterpart Texas Hold’em poker, but is increasing in popularity rapidly. Omaha is very simple to learn, but takes years to master. The rules are very straight forward, but to master all the tactics you need to be a master player, you need years of practice. But don’t be afraid, if you know the basics you can start to play a decent game and make some money on the lower stakes. Take a minute to read to info below and you’re good to go.

Before we go any further lets cover some of the basic glossary poker terms.

  • Blinds: Omaha uses a blinds system instead of antes to get each pot started with some money. The two players to the left of the dealer pay the small blind and big blind. The position of the blinds moves around the table after each hand.
  • Burn Card: This is the card that is dealt facedown before any card is dealt; like the flop, turn, and river.
  • Check: This is similar to a call, but no money is bet. You check to see the next card if no money is bet.
  • Pre-flop: Anything that occurs before the flop is dealt.
  • Flop: The first three community cards that are dealt.
  • Turn: The fourth community card dealt.
  • River: The River is the final community card that is dealt.
  • Showdown: When players reveal their hands to figure out the pot’s winner.

Omaha for Android Rules

Omaha is played on a single table with 2-10 players. The goal of the game is simple. You want to win as many chips as you can, pot by pot. You win the pot by having the best hand possible compared to the other players. You also win when all other players fold, so you’re last player standing. Omaha is classified as a community card game, because all players use the 5 community cards that are dealt. Each player receives four cards and then tries to make the best possible combination with at least three of the five community cards on the table. The fact that you have to use three cards, so at least two of your own, is very important. A lot of new players tend to forget this. For example, if you have one spade card in your hand and four spade cards are on the table, you don’t have a flush! This a important difference with Texas Hold’em poker, where you us 2 or 1 or even none of your hole cards.

Blinds and Dealer

Now you now the basic rules, we can continue. Now the game starts. First, the dealer is picked. On our android poker apps this is done automatically. If you play a live game dealing every player one card, face up does this. The player with the highest card starts as dealer. Omaha has two different blinds, a big blind and a small blind. The player directly to the left of the dealer has to post the small blind and then the player next to him has to post the big blind. The dealer position moves around the table clockwise, so the blind positions move as well. The small blind is always half the big blind. The big blind also resembles the mimimum amount players have to bet. For example, the blinds should be $5.00/$10.00, in a $5/$10 No-Limit or Pot-Limit Omaha game. After the blinds are posted, the dealer has to deal the cards. This is also done automatically on our android poker apps. The dealer starts with dealing the player to his left and continue until all players have four community cards.

Pre-flop

The Pre-Flop face has one betting round. There are three options a player can make: Call, Raise, or Fold.

  • Fold: The player throws away his or her cards and waits for the next hand to be dealt
  • Call: The player matches the minimum betting amount, or, if no bets were made, the big blind.
  • Raise: The player raises the bet by doubling the amount of the big blind in a game Limit Omaha, or any amount in a No-Limit or Pot-Limit Omaha game, but the bet has to meet the minimum (the big blind) and in Pot-Limit Omaha you can’t bet more than the amount in the pot.

After the first player has acted the action will continue clockwise, until all players have either called, raised or folded. If a player has made a raise, the other players must match the bet or fold, if they do not wish to continue the hand. Players can also place reraise. A re-raise is raise of a raise. For example, player A raise 3 times the big blind and player B raises again to 6 times the big blind. The action goes on until all players have called of folded or just one player is left standing.

Flop

The game Omaha continues. The flop dealt and laid face-open on the table. A burn card is placed facedown on the table, and then the next three cards are laid open on the table. These are the first 3 community cards. A new betting rounds starts. This time the player who was the small blind starts first. If this player is not part of the hand any more the first player on the left of the dealer who is still in the hand will start. The players have the same option again: Call, Bet or Fold. Then the hand continues until all players have acted.

Turn

This is the next round in the game of Omaha. Ones again, a card a burn card is dealt facedown. Now only one community card is deal. One more betting round starts. The size of a bet for this round, and the final betting round, is doubled if you play Limit Omaha. If it’s a No-Limit or Pot-Limit Omaha game the betting amounts remain the same as mentioned earlier.

River

After another burn card, the final community card is dealt face up. One more betting round takes place. If two or more players remain after this round the game continues to the showdown. If just one player is left the pot goes the him.

Showdown

In Omaha and all other poker games the player with the best hand wins the showdown. The hand of a player consists of 2 of his 4 whole cards and 3 of the community cards. This a big difference compared to Hold’em poker. The following rules apply to the showdown showdown:

If no bets were placed on the river the first player on the left of the dealer has to show his hand first. The players next to him now have to show their hand or muck. A player mucks his hand if he is beat by the player who showed first. You can muck if you do not wish to show your hand. If bets were placed on the river the player who was called (the player who made the last bet or raise) has to show his hand first.

Try Your Skills

Now you know all the basics that are required for playing Omaha on Android. If you want you can test your new skills at one of our android poker apps. Just one of our apps offers android Omaha: PokerStars. This is a great app on which you can start trying your new Omaha skills.