Texas Hold’em is omnipresent in Canada. Across the country, everyone seems to know and love this game. It’s on TV, in the news, and most poker fans can’t get enough of it. But for those Canadians out there who think they’ve had their fill of this poker game, it’s time to move on to something new and see if it can’t reinvigorate your love for poker in general. If this describes how you’ve been feeling, it’s time to give Omaha poker a shot!
If you’ve been playing a lot of Texas Hold’em for a while, making the switch to another poker game might be a little rocky at first, but hang in there. Omaha can seem like it has too many cards on the table most of the time, but you’ll get used to this after a few rounds. Having four cards in your hand instead of two isn’t a bad thing at all if you know what to do with them.
Texas Hold’em hands are pretty clear cut and there isn’t a whole lot of grey area to work with. This is why Omaha can be such a breath of fresh air for poker players looking for something different. In Omaha poker, there is a lot more room to make decisions without a clear-cut, right-or-wrong answer. This added factor of the unknown adds a lot of suspense and danger to the game that you may have felt was beginning to lack in Texas Hold’em. Omaha poker challenges players in a different way, making it necessary to read more accurately, guess with fewer facts, and make decisions that could go either really well or quite poorly – but you’ll never know until after you’ve made them.
If this sounds more like the poker you want to play, get out there and sit down at an Omaha poker table!
Unlike Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi Lo is a complex game due to the increased number of cards that are in play during each hand. The poker rules involved in Omaha poker aren’t necessarily much different than Texas Hold’em poker rules other than two basic things. First, in Omaha poker each player is dealt four cards while players only receive two in Texas Hold’em poker. Second, Omaha Hi Lo poker dictates that each player use exactly two hole cards and exactly three community cards to form his or her hand, which is much more strict than Texas Hold’em poker rules and results in a very different approach to the game of poker.
Players in Canada are often more familiar with Texas Hold’em poker rules and the strategy they entail rather than Omaha Hi Lo poker rules. But Omaha Hi Lo poker is quickly gaining popularity and is now second to Texas Hold’em in Canada and elsewhere around the world. The difference between Omaha Hi Lo and Omaha is that the pot is always split between the winning high hand (which is the same as in Omaha poker) and the winning low hand, which is an added level of complexity.
In Omaha Hi Lo poker, players in Canada should play for the high hand while leaving open the potential for the winning low hand too, which makes it a little different than having the option to play for two completely separate hands. The low hand must contain five cards (as usual, two must be from a player’s hand and three must be community cards) whose face values are eight or below. As with the high hand in Omaha, due to the increased number of cards in play for each hand, the likelihood of a player having the low nut is high, so as always, it’s important to only play strong hands.