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The Omaha Hold'em

A poker player cannot escape but learn the community card poker games. And one of these popular community card poker games is the one called Omaha Hold'em. The game demands excellent poker skills and cunning poker strategies. This is why it is considered a most challenging community card poker variant. But how is Omaha Hold'em played? Here is a brief description.

To poker players who have been playing Texas Hold'em, the first difference that can be encountered between Texas Hold'em and Omaha Hold'em is the number of personal cards that are dealt to each poker player. Instead of the usual two personal cards in Texas Hold'em, each poker player is dealt with four personal cards.

Then, the game proceeds in the same way as Texas Hold'em. That is, there will be a first betting round, followed by the opening of three community cards, which is called the "flop". After the flop, a second betting round commences. In each betting round the poker players may fold, call, bet, raise or, if allowed, check. The structures betting limits may also imitate the structures of betting limits in Texas Hold'em.

After the second betting round, a fourth community card, called the turn, is revealed by the dealer. And this is followed by a third betting round. Then, the last community card, called the river, is opened. The fifth community card completes the board of the Omaha Hold'em. A fourth betting round follows.

At showdown, which is after the fourth betting round, the poker players are restricted by one rule. That is, they are going to form a hand composed of three community cards and two personal cards. This means that the poker player can use only half the number of his personal cards. He cannot play one personal card with four community cards, nor use three personal cards with two community cards. Thus, when a poker player holds three Aces, he cannot form an Ace full house, unless one of the community cards is an Ace.

There are three known variants of Omaha Hold'em. These are the "Omaha/8 or Better", the "Courcheval", and the variant which begins with five personal cards instead of the usual four.

The Omaha/8 or Better is a high-low split poker game. That is, the pot will be split between the poker player who has the best high hand and the poker player who has the best low hand. This means that each poker player must make two separate hands, one is a five-card high and the other is the five-card low. And to qualify for the low, a poker player must have a hand of 8-7-6-5-4 or lower.

The Courcheval is an Omaha Hold'em variant widely played in Europe. In this poker variant, the poker player is dealt with four personal cards and one community card before the first betting round. After the first betting round, two more community cards are revealed by the dealer.

In the third Omaha Hold'em variant, each poker player is given five personal cards. Then, this game proceeds as the usual Omaha poker.