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There is no denying that Texas Hold’em currently holds the distinction as the most popular and most played poker variant. That is not to say, however, that other poker tables are left empty. In fact, every kind of poker player chooses a different game: a game that he feels fits just right to his skill level and bankroll.

For those who feel they are not yet ready to get into the Texas Hold’em action, getting into Omaha Hold’em proposes a good option. Omaha Hold’em is very similar to Texas Hold’em although it is as uniquely challenging as the other poker game varieties.

What is Omaha Hold’em?

Omaha Hold’em is a community card game where players are dealt four cards apiece. To win the game, they must use two of their dealt cards along with three of the five laid out at the table as community cards to make the best hand possible.

It was Robert Turner who is said to first bring a game of Omaha into the spotlight. He introduced the challenge and the unique game structure to casino great Bill Boyd who then featured the game at a Las Vegas casino.

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The Basics of Omaha Hold’em

Omaha Hold’em uses the standard 52-card deck. Unlike other poker game variants, the Dealer in this game is usually not allowed to play. It is the players, still, who take turns to act as the Dealer. The Dealer is determined each round with a Dealer button, which moves from player to player.

The Dealer shuffles the cards, makes the cut and deals the cards to the players on the table, but not before the two players to his left make their blind bets. Blinds are forced bets, which is required for one or more players to put into the pot before the dealing begins. The small and big blinds are intended to build the pot. Typically, the small blind is equivalent to 50% of the minimum bet requirement while the big blind is equivalent to the actual minimum bet requirement.

After the blinds are put into the pot, the players are dealt with four hole cards or face down cards, then the first round of betting starts. The players, starting to the left of the two players who put in the blinds, may call, raise, or fold.

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When the first round of betting is through, the Dealer “burns” or discards the top card. That is to ensure that no one could possibly saw the top card accidentally and is tempted to cheat. After the burning process, the Dealer lays out three community cards face up at the table, coming from the top part of the deck. This is called the flop.

After the flop, another betting round commences where players may call, raise, or fold when it is their turn to bet. Then, two more community cards will be laid out on the table. Players are allowed to use three of those community cards along with two of their own to build the best possible hand. After the final betting round, players who are still in the game shows off their respective hands. The winner of the pot is the player who possesses the best hand.

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