OMAHA POKER: HIGHER POTS, HIGHER WINNINGS
Another type of Poker is Omaha Hold’Em, or most often called Omaha. It is a community-card Poker game identical to the Texas Hold’Em. Each player receives four cards each. They need to make the best hand with those two cards, plus the other three cards from the community cards. This game has an unknown origin. Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino offered the game first, and they called it Nugget Hold’Em back then.
Named after a high-end ski resort from the French Alps, it started at Aviation Club de France in Paris. Bored tourists wanted a Poker version that they have never played before, and this was the result. Sad to say, they already closed the casino club.
How to play
To play Courchevel, players get five hole-cards instead of the usual four. After that, the dealer puts down the first three community cards. The first round of betting will then start. Next, the dealer will add two more community cards, making a three-card flop. The structure of this game is like that of the standard Omaha game. The difference is that players can only use two of the five-hole cards in the game. Courchevel is popular in France and other parts of Europe. This game is a rare offer in online sites.
The game, also known as Five-Card Omaha, began in Southern California n 2008. It is a very popular house-game in the southeastern United States. People also call this 5-O, and it spread into the other casino rooms in the area in a short period.
How to play
Sometimes, people play the high/low split game with seven or nine top qualifiers replacing the eight high. You can also play the game with five cards given to players instead of four. The same rules still apply in making the hand with exactly two from the player’s hand, and three from the community cards.
It is popular in Europe and often shortened to PLO. Played in a few American Casinos with high stakes or mixed games, people play this game as high only. Though sometimes people play it low. Pot-Limit Omaha is a drawing-game type. Second best flushes often lose, if a player is willing to bet their entire stacks into the pot. Due to the chance of getting a very high pot in a pot-limit play, seeing the hand up to the end of the game is very expensive.
Any unseen card from the deck that will give the player the best hand is an “out.” A wrap is a straight draw with nine or more outs. People call it a wrap because the community cards are almost wrapping the player’s hole-cards. In Omaha, there are four hole-cards.
In Pot-Limit Omaha, a desirable hand to have is the current best hand with a redraw. An example is when the community cards are Q, J, and 10, and the player has A, K, Q, and Q cards. It gives the player the best hand possible with the full house, and they also have a redraw of two Queens in their hand.
Omaha, like other DewaPoker variants, are also available in online casinos. You can play them on your computer or mobile phones. With so many variations to choose from, there is one that will suit every player.