They say variety is the spice of life, so why not mix your poker games up a little? At Replay Poker, the home of free-to-play online poker games, Omaha has never had the same vast amount of television coverage as Texas Hold’em, At Replay Poker, you never have to pay a cent to take part in Omaha ring games, Sit’N’Go or multi-table tournaments, which start around the clock. As you get better at the game, you’ll climb the leaderboards and bag loads of cool badges.
There are two key differences between Texas Hold’em and Omaha. In the former, each player is dealt two hole cards, face down. In Omaha, everyone gets four cards face down. The second difference is that in Omaha, players must use two, and only two, of their hole cards to connect with the community cards (the flop, turn and river) and make the best poker hand. In Texas Hold’em, players can use both hole cards, only one or indeed none to connect with the community cards.
Once you’ve got your head around these key differences, you’re good to go. But you’ll need to adapt your starting hand strengths because having two aces in your four hole cards is not nearly as strong as having two aces in Texas Hold’em. For example, straights, flushes and full houses are more common.
The game mechanics for Omaha are the same as Texas Hold’em. There is a small and a big blind to stimulate betting, then the first round of betting once the hole cards are dealt. The three-card flop is followed by the second round of betting, then a third after the turn and a final chance to bet after the river. If more than one player remains, they go to showdown and the player with the highest poker hand, including precisely two of their hole cards, wins the pot. See poker hand rankings for more information.
When starting Omaha for the first time, you’ll notice there is more action because four hole cards offer more ways for each player to connect with the community cards. While that can be more fun, it also means you have more chances of being beaten!
If you want to add another challenge, try an Omaha Hi/Lo game. Here each pot is split into two, and a player can win half by having the highest poker hand (like normal) while the other half is available to the player with the lowest qualifying hand, which is made from the lowest five ranked cards from 1 to 8 (where an ace is 1). 5, 4, 3, 2, ace would be the lowest ( and winning hand), while 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 would be the worst low hand. If there is no qualifying low hand, then the player with the high hand wins the entire pot. It can all be a little confusing at first, but the beauty of Replay Poker is that it will never cost you a cent while you’re learning. Further, our community of players are patient, knowing everyone must start somewhere.
Replay Poker has lots of leaderboards and promotions for Omaha players. Play the game and see where you stand against your fellow players. Think you’re improving? Check the leaderboards to find out!
There are no limit and pot limit Omaha, and Omaha Hi/Lo ring games, Sit’N’Go and multi-table tournaments with guaranteed prize pools to try. Keep an eye on our poker promotions page for regular promotions offering free bonus chips.
You might want to find out a bit more about Omaha before jumping straight into the action. Replay Poker is fortunate to have a friendly and vibrant community. Hit up the forum to join discussions about hand histories, strategy and more. It’s great fun, and you’ll meet lots of people like yourself, many of whom will be happy to help.
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