5 Card Omaha

This is one of the variations of poker, originating from the classic Omaha. The rules of 5-card Omaha state that the main difference is that the player gets five “his” cards. The same number, form the so-called “board”. Playing 5 Card Omaha is very interesting. In the classic version, in his hands players get no more than four cards. To win, participants must make the strongest combination of two “own” and three cards “board”.


When each participant has received their “pocket” cards, a staggered board formation begins until the number of common cards reaches 5. After each step, bidding takes place.

In this, the rules of 5-card Omaha do not differ from other varieties.

  • The blind is a bet, which must be made by all participants in the game, before the start of the deal. Thanks to it, formed the prize pool. There are two varieties:
  • The small blind – makes the participant, located on the left side of the dealer. The amount is determined by half of the big blind;
  • The big blind – is made by the next player after the Undertaker. The amount corresponds to the set rate of the given deal.
  • Dealer – a person engaged in the distribution of closed and open cards, the control of betting and bank formation. If the game takes place at home, this duty can take turns. In gambling establishments, this role is performed only by an employee of the establishment – the dealer. The position of the dealer at the poker table, is called the button.
  • The board is the cards that are laid out on the table and are shared. First, 3 cards are placed on the table, then one at a time up to 5. In between adding cards to the table, bidding takes place.


To play 5 Card Omaha, the player must first establish a big blind and a small blind. The smallest blind goes to the player to the left of the batten, and the big blind goes to the next player after him (in later hands, the betting moves clockwise). When the beginning is set, the distribution of 5 “pocket cards” to each player begins. The hand is carried out clockwise, starting from the dealer.

To continue to participate in the distribution, the other players must support the big blind – call or raise the bet – raises. Otherwise, players pass – Fold.

Forming combinations is possible with the use of only two “pocket” and three common cards.


Start of the game – preflop. This phase begins when players are already holding “closed cards” in their hands. The first action is bidding. The bid is made by the player who is after the participant who made the big blind. His options include fold, call or raise. The first phase ends after all participants took part in the bidding.

The flop is the second phase. This is when the board is formed. The first three cards of the board, which are common, are placed on the game table. When they appear on the table, the repeated bidding clockwise from the dealer starts.

The next step is the turn. The dealer puts the fourth common card on the table. The next part of the bidding takes place. Bets are made according to the same principle as at the flop stage.

The last stage of forming the board is called the river. The fifth common card is placed on the table. After this the final bidding begins. However, the gameplay does not always get to this point.

Showdown or Showdown. The final part of the game. The remaining participants, open their cards and the winner is determined. The order is the same as in the showdown. The whole pot goes to the player with the strongest combination. If there is a tie, the winnings are divided between the remaining participants in the game.

If you compare 5-card Omaha with the game in the classic Texas Hold’em, the tactics are significantly different. An increased probability of getting strong combinations obliges you to be very attentive and analyze the situation at the poker table.


This type of poker is divided into two types:

  1. With a set pot-limit – the most popular type of 5-card Omaha. This option limits players’ bets to the total amount of the bank (pot);
  2. No-limit – another type, which is characterized by bets of any size, up to all chips of a certain participant.


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