Omaha High poker (also known as Omaha High) is a popular poker game in the world.
There are two types of Omaha High games:
Limit Omaha High (there is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round of betting)
Pot Limit Omaha High (A player can bet what is in the pot.)
And you can play these games for free (play money) or using real money.
The Omaha High Game:
Omaha High Poker uses what is called a dealer-button to indicate the theoretical dealer of each hand. After each hand is completed, as with standard poker rules, the button moves clockwise to the next active player. This player will be considered “the dealer” for that hand. Before the start of the game, internally our system generates a fresh deck of cards for the hand. We use a single deck of cards to play a hand of poker, where a deck refers to 52 cards excluding the jokers. Online poker rooms use what is called the Random Number Generator (RNG) to shuffle a deck of cards for the hand.
How does it work?
The system generates a random set of numbers, which are used to place a card of the deck in a particular position. Once the complete deck is created, the deck is used for that particular hand only. We shuffle the deck of cards every time we start a hand, and the random numbers previously generated are discarded and new ones generated before the shuffle.
The First round of Omaha High:
A fresh table starts of with the first person sitting on the table becoming the dealer and the next player posting the small blind. A new game on an active table starts with the button moving clockwise to the next player. The player next to the button / dealer is required to place the small blind. The small blind is equal to half the lower stake. This is a guideline for determining the blinds and not a strict rule. At igotpoker.com the small blind is rounded down to the nearest dollar. For example – at *5/*10 Omaha High per the formula the small blind should be *2.5. Instead, it is rounded of to the lower dollar, so the small blind would post *2. However, as it is just a guideline, the amount of small blind could be set differently at the time of setting up the table.
The player to the left of the small blind is required to post the big blind, equal to the lower stake limit. In a certain scenario it is possible for more than one player to post a big blind in a hand. This is if a new player joins a table at which a game is already going on. The player would get an option of placing a Big Blind at the start of the next hand or wait for his/her turn (as decided by the movement of the button) to place the Big Blind in turn.
All the blinds in Omaha High poker are considered live bets and the players who posted them will have the option of checking, calling, raising or folding when the betting returns to their position.
After the blinds have been placed, the down cards / hole cards are dealt to each active player. In Omaha High, 4 cards are dealt to each of the players, after which the first betting round starts. The player to the left of the player who placed the big blind starts the betting for this round.