Texas hold’em vs. Omaha poker

Texas hold’em poker is played all over the world in both casinos and by groups of friends in their own home. This is one of the most popular card games in the world and is enjoyed by adults of all ages and from all walks of life. Omaha hold’em in a relatively new twist on this poker game and although there are many similarities between the two games there are also some very interesting differences.


Both poker games feature a 52-card deck and players use a total of five cards to make the best hand possible. Winning hands run in the same order for both games and with each new round the players take it in turns to call, raise or fold.

The dealer

Unlike Texas hold’em poker, the dealer in Omaha hold’em does not play and is assigned with a button. During games among friends this means that the dealer is solely responsible for taking care of the deal and ensuring that everyone places their bets when it is their turn. However, as the dealer changes with each hand nobody is out of the game for too long.

The pot

In Omaha hold’em, before the cards are dealt the first to players to the left of the dealer place bets. This ensures that there is something to play for each round and helps to prevent the first two players from simply folding, as they already have something at stake. Usually the player to the immediate left of the dealer posts a blind of half of the minimum bet, following by the next player to the left who posts the full minimum bet. Four hole cards are then dealt face down to each player.

Fourth and fifth street

In a game of Omaha hold’em, after burning the top card, the dealer places three cards face up on the table. After another round of betting the dealer places one more card on the table in a move known as fourth street. Betting goes around once again and then the dealer places the fifth and final card face up on the table in a move known as fifth street.

The verdict

Players who have a love for strategy including bluffing and tactics are sure to love Omaha hold’em poker. This game can be particularly interesting when played by a group of friends who know each other quite well as there will be plenty of chances for them to work on their bluffing skills and try to figure out each other’s tells in order to give their game an extra edge.