Pot-Limit Omaha: An Introduction
Omaha, or Omaha Hold'em, is a type of poker similar to Texas Hold'em. Omaha used to be played primarily in Europe, but recently it has become increasingly popular in the US and online. As in all hold'em games, each player receives hole cards that are dealt face down. In Omaha, four hole cards are dealt instead of two as in Texas Hold'em. This has a far greater effect than you might think at first. That's why Omaha is also known as "the action game". With four hole cards, it is much more common that players hit a made hand or a very good draw on the flop or turn. Because of this, the current nut hand often plays against a monster draw that can have more than 20 outs.
The basic rules
Omaha is played just like Texas Hold'em with 5 community cards that are dealt as the flop, turn and river. Players can bet pre-flop, on the flop, after the turn and after the river, as we already know.
If at least two players are still in the hand at the showdown, the player who can form the best five-card poker hand wins.
However, the player must form his best hand by using exactly two of his hole cards and three cards from the board. This is one of the most important differences to Texas Hold'em where a player can decide how many of his hole cards he want to use to form the best-possible...