The Differences Between Texas Holdem and
By now, even the most novice of card players
have certainly heard of Texas Hold Em.
Whether theyve seen it on ESPN, or Bravo,
or the Game Show Network, or the Travel Channel, etc, most
people have a basic grasp on how the game works. Let start
by having a quick look at the rules of Texas Holdem then
move onto Omaha
Each player is dealt 2 cards face down. Once
these cards are dealt players make bets based on the values
of those cards. Once all players settle on a bet, three
cards are flopped in the middle of the table.
These cards are shared by all players left in the game.
Again players make their bets, now based on not only the
value of their 2 cards, but also based on how well those
cards match up with those 3 that have flopped in the middle.
Again once the bet has settled, the dealer flips over another
shared card in the middle of the table. This is repeated
one final time until there are 5 cards total in the middle
of the table.
These 5 cards are shared by all remaining
players to add to the 2 cards they have in their hand. Players
must then make a 5 card poker hand out of these 7 total
cards. They may use any combination of cards on the table
and in their hand.
So if a royal flush (the best poker
hand) is showing in the middle of the table, it doesnt
matter what the players are holding in their hand; the game
will come out a tie.
The process of Omaha Poker is very similar to thisas
opposed to poker games which have very different rules and
procedures like 5 Card Draw and 7 Card Stud.
In Omaha, each player in the game is dealt 4 cards face
down into their hand.After a round of betting has settled,
the dealer flops 3 shared cards into the center of the table.
The process continues as above until there are 5 shared
cards in the center.
This is where one of the fundamental differences comes
into play. In Texas Hold Em, players were allowed to use
any combination of the 7 cards (5 shared, 2 in hand) to
make a 5 card poker hand.
Poker Rules, players must use exactly 2 cards from their
hand (out of 4) and 3 cards from the shared boar (out of
5). So, paralleling the example above, if a royal flush
was showing in the center of the table in an Omaha game,
the players would NOT have the best hand in poker because
they are only allowed to use 3 of the 5 showing cards to
construct their hand.
This will confuse many novice players. They may see a 4
5 6 7 showing on the board and be holding an 8. So they
bet big thinking they have a straight and a great chance of winning the hand. But since they cannot
use 4 cards from the board, theyll be very upset when
they learn that their hand may not be worth playing.
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