Omaha Poker RulesOmaha Poker rules are extremely similar to the the rules of Texas Holdem.
A player who is already familiar with Texas Holdem rules and strategies should find learning how to play the game (sometimes even called Omaha Holdem) relatively simple.
Learning the BasicsThe major difference between Omaha Poker rules and Texas Holdem is that instead of two hole cards as in Holdem, players receive four private cards placed face down (aka: the pocket).
Omaha Poker rules dictate that the hand at the showdown must be created from only two of the four pocket cards and three community cards.
This final hand rule makes it easier for players to make a better hand since they get to choose from nine cards instead of seven.
There is another version of the game called Omaha Hi Lo which has slightly different requirements.
Starting Omaha Poker - The BlindsThe blinds are forced bets placed by two players seated to the immediate left of the dealer at the beginning of each hand. Exactly as in Texas Holdem, the blinds are posted before any cards are dealt.
The Small Blind, placed by the player who sits directly to the left of the dealer, is 50% of the small stake (in fixed-limit games), and the Big Blind, placed by the player who sits directly to the left of the Small Blind, is 100% of the small stake. The Blinds are used as an incentive for players to sweeten the pot.