5 Card Omaha poker is an exciting game derived from Omaha. Each player is dealt five private cards (‘hole cards’) which belong only to that player. Five community cards are dealt face-up on the ‘board’. In 5 Card Omaha games, all players use exactly three of the community cards together with exactly two of their hole cards to make the best five-card poker hand. No more, and no less. Follow this link to view the rankings of Omaha poker hands.
In Pot Limit 5 Card Omaha, the games are referred to by the size of their blinds (for example, a $1/$2 Pot Limit 5 Card Omaha game has a small blind of $1 and a big blind of $2). If you like to play tournament poker, PokerStars offer 5 Card Omaha tournaments as well.
Each player receives five hole cards and betting action proceeds clockwise around the table, starting with the player ‘under the gun’ (immediately clockwise from the big blind).
After seeing his or her hole cards, each player now has the option to play their hand by calling or raising the big blind. The action begins to the left of the big blind, which is considered a ‘live’ bet on this round. That player has the option to fold, call or raise. For example, if the big blind was $2, it would cost $2 to call, or at least $4 to raise. Action then proceeds clockwise around the table.
Betting continues on each betting round until all active players (who have not folded) have placed equal bets in the pot.
After the first round of betting is complete, the ‘flop’ is dealt face-up on the board. The flop is the first three community cards available to all active players. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues.
When betting action is completed for the flop round, the ‘turn’ is dealt face-up on the board. The turn is the fourth community card in a 5 Card Omaha game. Play begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. Another round of betting ensues.
When betting action is completed for the turn round, the ‘river’ is dealt face-up on the board. The river is the fifth and final community card in 5 Card Omaha poker. Betting begins with the active player immediately clockwise from the button. A final round of betting ensues.
If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round is complete, the last person to bet or raise shows their cards, unless there was no bet on the final round in which case the player immediately clockwise from the button shows their cards first. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. Remember: in 5 Card Omaha, players must use two and only two of their five hole cards in combination with exactly three of the cards from the board. In the event of identical hands, the pot will be equally divided between the players with the best hands.
After the pot is awarded, a new 5 Card Omaha poker game is ready to be played. The button now moves clockwise to the next player.
5 Card Omaha rules remain the same for Pot Limit and No Limit poker games, with a few exceptions:
In the PokerStars software, it’s not possible to bet less than the minimum or more than the maximum. The bet slider and bet window will only allow you to bet amounts within the allowed thresholds.
In addition to Omaha Poker, PokerStars also offers the popular variant of 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo. This version of Omaha splits the pot between the highest and lowest poker hands, giving the game a whole different feel.
If you want to learn how to play Omaha, then download the PokerStars software and join any of the free poker games where you can play online against other players. Unlike our real money poker games, since there is nothing at stake, you can be comfortable learning the ropes of the game and all the rules of 5 Card Omaha.
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