May 19

Comparison of Omaha Poker and Holdem Poker Rules. Part I

Omaha and holdem poker rules comparison. The 1st Part

1) Hand ranks in Omaha holdem poker rules is as follows.

The hands which are feeding you in Texas holdem are quite weak in Omaha poker. We’re talking about the things like “top pair” or “overpair”. You should be very lucky to win in Omaha with a simple pair. We will add that two pairs with bottom cards or with the top and the bottom card are not very good combinations in Omaha too. So what hands are going to try and make? We’d like to get two top pairs, middle three-of-a-kind or drawn nuts. The best hand in Omaha is so-called many-sided hand, i.e. a hand combining a ready combination and a drawn one.

When playing Omaha holdem poker, pay attention that:

It is possible to make a mistake thinking that in four-card game the number of combinations is doubled, it should be kept in mind that in addition to A-B, C-D combinations there are A-C, A-D, B-C and B-D combinations. Thus in Omaha the number of combinations is six times as big. Example: there is a pair on the board; the possibility of someone’s having a set in four-card game doubles. However, considering the probability of a straight, the possibility of having the right pair is sixfold. Straits appear in Omaha very often.

2) More players stay in Omaha to see the flop.

A good starting hand in holdem, like a high pair, is often quite strong to street during the deal without getting help of the board. In Omaha overpair is rarely a playable combination after the flop. Any starting hand even if it has two aces needs the board help to continue the fight over the pot. Thereby the priority of a good starting hand over a moderate one is not so strong in Omaha holdem poker rules. It results in the fact that more players stay in the game to see the flop. Naturally the more money there is in the pot before the flop, the more players have reasons to fight after the flop and during the whole dealing. That is why Omaha pot usually holds more money in it than holdem.