Omaha is also played at set limit or pot limit (raises can be up to the current size of the pot). Though it is occasionally available, no-limit Omaha is rarely played. In this article, limit Omaha will be discussed unless it is stated otherwise. It is strongly recommended that you play only limit Omaha until you have a great deal of experience because pot-limit Omaha can be a brutal game for the beginning player and can take a heavy toll on your bankroll. Rarely play pot-limit because, like no-limit, one mistake can be extremely expensive.
Card Abbreviations and Rankings
Abbreviations for cards and their ranks will appear throughout this article. You can refer to this list.
A Ace (also known as a "bullet")
K King (also known as a "cowboy")
2 Two (also known as a "deuce" of a "duck")
AA Pair of aces
AK Ace and King
Q9s Queen and nine, suited (of the same suit) (The "s" means suited, so if it were Q9 without the "s," that indicates the cards are of different suits.)
For more information on Omaha poker and other variations, try the following links:
- See all of our articles on poker rules and advice, go to our main article How To Play Poker.
- Before you play your first hand, make sure you're familiar with some Poker Basics.
- For the more common form of Hold 'Em, what you want is to know How to Play Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
- Feel more like playing an old favorite. Knowing How to Play 7-Card Stud Poker will take you back a few years.