How to play Omaha Hi

How to play Omaha Hi

4-card Omaha Hi is the kind of poker where every player is dealt 4 hole cards instead of 2 as in Hold’Em.

To make a combination, a player uses 2 hole cards and 3 community (board) cards. For example, if you are dealt A6T3, and the board is AK536, then your combination is the Two Pair AA + 66, with the fifth card determined by seniority being K.

If you play 5-card, 6-card, or 7-card Omaha, all of the above rules still apply, only with different amounts of hole cards. When determining the combination, still only 2 hole cards and 3 board cards are used.

Combination seniority in Omaha Hi

The combinations in Omaha Hi are identical to Hold’Em. The combinations listed from lowest to highest are:

  • High card;
  • A pair;
  • Two pair;
  • Set / Three of a kind;
  • Straight;
  • Flush;
  • Full House;
  • Four of a kind;
  • Straight Flush;
  • Royal Flush.

Game phases in Omaha Hi

First is the preflop phase. The players are dealt 4 hole cards also known as a hand. Before the players see their cards, they post ante. Additionally, the first two players on the left from the button (dealer) post blinds. The first of them posts a small blind, the second posts a big blind, which is usually equal to two small blinds.

Then, the players are revealed their hole cards, and each of them takes actions in a clockwise order: the first is the one to the left of the big blind, the last is the player in the big blind position.

When all bets are made, the three community cards are dealt called the flop. Now, the first player to act is the one on the big blind, then the rest of the players act in the clockwise order with the last being the player on the button. If the small blind player folded their hand preflop, then the first to act on the flop is the nearest remaining player to the left of them.

After all players have acted, the single community card is dealt called the turn. Here, the order of action is similar to the flop.

The last community card is called the river. Here, the last round of betting is done, and if there is still more than one player remaining, their cards are revealed. The first to reveal their hand is the player who made the last raise, and if there were no raises, then in the clockwise order starting from the small blind.

The winner of the hand is the player who has the best combination. If multiple players have the identical best combination, they split the pot equally.

How to find Omaha Hi cash games

In the PokerKing lobby go to the “OMAHA & STUD” section and click the “OMAHA” tab. Below, you can also select limits (High, Medium, Low and Micro) and Play Money.

How to find Omaha Hi tournaments

In the PokerKing lobby go to the “TOURNEY” section, “ALL” tabs. Then open “FILTERS” and tick all the boxes of the desired Omaha variations (except Hi/Lo).