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.. the key to success in poker is in your hands.

If you’ve played Texas Hold ‘em before, you’ll notice several similarities and differences between it and Omaha High. Just like in Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha High involves sharing cards on the table, but unlike that game, Omaha High involves dealing each player four ‘hole’ cards, two of which must be used along with three table cards to form a five-card hand.

Firstly, the two players on the dealer’s left both place blind bets. The player on the dealer’s immediate left must put out the small blind, with the player two players left of the dealer puts out the big blind. If you’re not sure what a blind is, see the Betting Basics section.

Next, each player is dealt four face-down cards each, called ‘pocket’ cards. The first move goes to the player on the immediate left of the player putting out the big blind. This player can choose to call, raise, or fold, depending on their position. Betting then continues clockwise around the table. Once betting is completed, three cards are dealt face-up onto the middle of the table, called the ‘flop’. The ‘flop’ cards may be used by all players in the game in conjunction with their pocket cards to make the best hand possible. From this point onwards, betting commences with the player on the dealer’s immediate left, with the option to bet or check.

Next, one playing card is dealt face-up onto the table. This card, called the ‘turn card’, gives players more information to go on when placing their bets. Betting continues. Once betting finishes, another card is dealt face-up onto the table, called the ‘river’. One last round of betting occurs, and all players remaining in the game present their cards face-up for others to see. To make up a hand, players must use two ‘pocket’ cards and three board cards exactly – no more and no less are permitted!

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