Omaha Poker Rules are very similar to those of Texas Hold'em. Omaha Poker is a great choice for those who want a bit of variety with there Online Poker Games. There are a few minor differences here and there but it's is essentially the same. Omaha Poker is the choice of online poker game for the more sophisticated player.
As in Texas Hold'em the first stage of the game is known as preflop. Each person is dealt four cards face down which is the major difference to Texas Hold'em. These face down cards are known as the hole or pocket cards. Again like in Texas Hold'em the two players sitting to the immediate left of the dealer have to make a compulsory bet known as the blinds. The preflop betting round begins with the person sitting to the left of the big blind.
Three cards are now placed face up in the middle of the table. Known as community cards, each player can use them however he wants to make the best possible hand. A round of betting follows beginning with the first player to the left of the dealer who is still in the hand. As you can see the Omaha Poker Rules are essentially not that complex.
A fourth community card known as Turn followed by another round of betting. Like the previous round it begins with the first player to the left of the dealer who is still in the hand.
A fifth community card which is known as the River is revealed and a final betting round like the previous two follows.
Those still left in the hand turn over their cards and the winner is that with the best poker hand. In making the best five card poker hand available the player must use three of the community cards and two and only two of his four pocket cards. This is often the hardest of the Omaha Poker Rules to grasp. The best thing about Online Poker is that it instantly works out for you what the best hand is and who the winner is.
William Atkins - Poker Stategist