Omaha Hold'em: Texas Hold'em With A Twist
There is always something new and exciting in the world of poker
. The latest thrill is Omaha hold'em. You all know the game of Texas hold'em with its two-card deal, Omaha hold'em offers the twist of a four-card deal.
The extra two cards open up a whole new avenue of possibilities while playing poker. The main idea behind Omaha is to offer you the extra two options to obtain the best hand possible. Essentially it boils down to which two of all four of your cards will best fit with the community cards that are down on the table. In normal hold'em you only have the two cards you are dealt and you have to use them as best as possible, and in Omaha you at least have a choice.
The result is that you get to play more hands and have more opportunity to win. What many people don't realize is that poker isn't only about the cards. If that was the case, then you'd probably have more fun playing bridge, but because of the betting involved it adds a new dimension to the game and forces you to keep your wits about you.
The rules and play of Omaha are the same as for other hold'em games. Each player is dealt four cards to use in the round. At this point, if your cards are such that you wish to continue the play, an initial bet is placed. This bet is called the big blind. You determine from your hand whether to call, raise or fold.
After the first round of betting the first set of community cards are dealt onto the table, the flop, where you can then assess the strength of your hand. Another round of betting will then commence and once again you can call, raise or fold your hand. After everyone has completed their betting the next community card, called the turn, is then dealt onto the table and there is another round of betting.
The final round of betting then commences after the last card is dealt, called the river, and there it's make or break for your hand. If you're good the chips are coming your way, if not then its good bye to them and hopefully you can win them back on the next one. Each round of betting should help you determine the hand strength of your opponents and when you get good enough you'll know how much to bet and when to bet.
Poker in whatever form offers the challenge of playing against people like yourself and not just cards. People are unpredictable poker players until your knowledge of their playing style makes them far less so. Once you get the modus operandi of their play, you can determine what they will do next.
The more you play, the better you will get at putting your opponent on a hand and the easier it will become to beat them; the rest as they say is all up to luck!
by: Thomas Kearns
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