Pot Limit Omaha is an action-packed game derived from Texas Hold’em Poker. Players are given 4 cards (hole cards) after which betting rounds and 5 community cards will happen. Players must now have the best 5 card poker hand using exactly 2 cards from their hand and exactly 3 cards from the community cards.
The button determines which player at the table is the acting dealer. In Pot Limit Omaha the player on button, or last active player closest to the button, receives last action on all post-flop streets of play.
Before every new round, two players at the table are obligated to post blinds or forced bets that begin the wagering. Without these blinds, the game would be very boring because no one would be required to put any money into the pot.
Pot Limit Omaha will have Antes, this is a small amount which all the players seated on the table will put into the Pot before the hands starts. Antes are posted before the Blinds.
Minimum raise: The raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet/raise in the same round.
Maximum raise: The size of the pot, which is the total of the active pot, plus all bets on the table, plus the amount the active player must first call before raising.
Example: The Big Blind is 1,000, after the flop the Pot is 3,000. Player1 Bet 2,000. Player2 can now raise to Maximum of 9,000 Total. That is the Player2 Call of 2,000 plus the raise “Pot Total” which is equal to: 3,000(Pot)+2,000(Player1 bet) +2,000(Player2 call) = 7,000(Pot Total)
- Antes and Blinds are posted
- Four Hole Cards (private cards) are dealt with each Player.
- The 1st Betting Round starts from the player next the Dealer button going clock-wise.
- The “Flop” comes out, these are three community cards dealt in the middle of the table.
- 2nd Betting round starts. Starting from the active player after the Dealer button.
- The “Turn” is dealt after the Flop.
- 3rd Betting round starts.
- The “River” is dealt after the Turn card.
- 4th and Final Betting round starts.
Players will take turns one at a time going clockwise, starting from the player after the dealer button or after the Big Blind (1st Betting Round). Players on their turn must take one of these actions:
Check:Take no action and let the next player take his turn. This action can only be taken if there is NO bet/raise to call.
Call:match the amount bet/raised by another player.
Bet/Raise:increase the bet within the specific limits of the game.
Fold:Discard your hole cards and surrender any claim to the Pot.
After the last Betting Round, All players still in the contest for the pot will compare Hands, the cards of the player with the best hand will be displayed.
Winning Omaha Hand
The Royal Flush is the best poker hand combination.
Consists of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of the same suite.
Five cards in numerical order, all of the identical suits.
In the event of a tie: The highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.
The best possible straight flush is known as a royal flush, which consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a suit.
A royal flush is an unbeatable hand.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’.
In the event of a tie: The highest four of a kind wins.
In community card games where players have the same four of a kind, the highest fifth side card (‘kicker’) wins.
Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank.
In the event of a tie: The highest three matching cards wins the pot.
In community card games where players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins.
Five cards of the same suit.
In the event of a tie: The player holding the highest ranked card wins.
If necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie.
If all five cards are the same ranks, the pot is split. In poker, the suit is not used to break a tie.
Five cards in sequence.
In the event of a tie: The highest-ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.
Note: The Ace may be used at the top or bottom of the sequence, and is the only card which can act in this manner.
A,K,Q,J,T is the highest (Ace high) straight; 5,4,3,2,A is the lowest (Five high) straight.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: Highest ranking three of a kind wins.
In community card games where players have the same three of a kind, the highest side card, and if necessary, the second-highest side card wins.
Two cards of a matching rank, another two cards of a different matching rank, and one side card.
In the event of a tie: The highest pair wins. If more than one player has the same highest pair, then the player with second-highest pair wins. If both players have two identical pairs, then the highest side card wins.
Two cards of a matching rank, and three unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: The highest pair wins.
If players have the same pair, then the player with the highest side card wins, and if it’s necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card can be used to break the tie.
Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above.
In the event of a tie: The highest card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and smallest card can be used to break the tie.