Beginners guide on Omaha Poker
This is a short guide on how to understand and play Omaha poker.
First players need to designate a dealer. This is usually done by drawing high cards or rolling dice.
Players then start a new hand by posting two blind bets.
The player directly to the left of the dealer will post the small blind, This bet is always 50% of the minimum stake. We then continue with the player to the left of the small blind posting the big blind which is the minimum stake allowed.
After the above actions have been followed the additional players need not place a bet until they have received their cards. As the dealer is rotated to the left each hand you will find every player has the chance to play the small or big blind.
Once the blinds are completed each player at the table is dealt four cards picture down on the table, these are called the `hole` cards. The game will then continue with the player to the left of the big blind either calling, raising or folding. This continues until the hand reaches the player who placed the small blind. Once this player is reached he has the option to call, raise or fold.
Next is the big blind player, If nobody has raised during the previous blind then this player will be offered the chance to check. Checking is a way of passing on your go without putting any stake into the pot but can only be done if the pot has not been raised.
We then continue to the `flop`. Three cards are dealt to the table face up.
Then comes another round of betting starting from the player left of the dealer and continues as the previous round of betting.
The dealer then continues onto the `turn` card which is again placed face up on the table.
Another round of betting is done as before.
We then move onto the final card to be placed face up on the game table, this is called the `river` card.
For the final time of the game we now again complete a round of betting. The Poker players who are still left in the game will now choose the best two of their hole cards and three of the community cards to make their strongest hand. The cards are then all shown and the winner is announced. This is called the `showdown`