Community card poker variations have become very popular in recent years at online casinos. While perhaps the most popular in Australia is Texas Hold'Em, there is another version of the game that is quite similar known as Omaha Poker.
Created in the 1970's, Omaha poker currently is ranked right behind Texas Hold'Em in popularity. This version is also found in the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour. Omaha poker is a rather easy version of poker for beginner's to learn. Learning how to play this game in Australia at an online casino is often recommended since there is less pressure placed upon someone as a learner.
In Omaha Poker, the object is to put together a winning hand using two and only two of the four cards dealt to a player, along with any three of the community cards that are found face up on the table. This is perhaps the major difference between Omaha Poker and Texas Hold'Em Poker. Players must use two of their hole cards. It is not allowed to play only one cards or to play the board.
In Omaha Poker, after the four cards are dealt, players begin a round of betting. They are able to look at their cards in order to determine what wager they will be making. After this the flop occurs where the first three community cards are dealt face up on the table. Another round of betting takes place. After this the fourth community card is dealt which is known as the turn. Betting of course follows this. Then the fifth and final community card is revealed in an event known as the river. During the rounds of betting, players basically have four options. They may call the bet which means they bet the same amount as the previous player. They may also raise or increase the bet amount. They can also check, which means they bet nothing, or they may fold.
Many players like Omaha Poker because they have more cards in their personal hands and therefore more possibilities for winning hands.