Omaha Poker: Here’s Where You Get Four Hole Cards Instead of Two

If you’re a poker player you undoubtedly know that Texas Holdem is the number one choice for players at poker room tournaments and cash games. The game is so popular that even James Bond favored it over his preferential game of Baccarat in the 2006 remake of the 1967 movie, Casino Royal..

The lesser known game of Omaha Poker is also offered at most major poker rooms. One version is called Pot Limit Omaha There are two major differences between Pot Limit and No limit Holdem:

· Players are dealt four hole cards instead of two

· Players may only raise to the size of the pot

All the other action is the same. There are five community up cards dealt by the house dealer between betting rounds: three called the flop, one called the turn and one more called the river.

Before play, the dealer places a white disc called the button in front of the player immediately to her left. The button represents a theoretical dealer and holds an advantage for the player because he is the last to act during a hand. The button moves one player to the left after each round.

The first player to the left of the button is called the small blind. The player to the left of the small blind is the big blind. Both players must put a pre-determined amount of money in the pot before any cards are dealt. The blinds also move one position to the left after each round. Their purpose is to incite action by ensuring an ample amount of money in the pot prior to play. The amounts increase after preset timed periods. Four cards are dealt clockwise face down to each player. The first player to the left of the big blind is under the gun and starts the action with one of three options:

o Muck, (fold) all four cards to stay out of the hand

o Call, by betting the amount of the big blind

o Raise, by betting twice the amount of the big blind.

Players may think that having four hole cards to play with may be more beneficial than two as in Texas Holdem but it’s quite the contrary because you can only use two of the cards together with three community cards from the board to make your best possible This makes the game very interesting. Here are some reasons why:

· The size of the pot grows quickly because the four hole cards allow for more drawing hands. Players often see the hands to the end of the betting rounds because the two card choice is not made until the final hand is played.

· In that the drawing hands are more frequent, opponents also have hands that they are more likely to bluff with.

· Double suited hands with high cards such as a Jack, King of spades and an Ace, Queen of diamonds are favorites due to the flush possibilities.

· Unfavorable hands at pre-flop can include three of a kind and two pair because only two of the cards can be used in the final round.

Another version of Omaha Poker is called Hi-LO Omaha, which is played exactly the same as Pot Limit except the pot is divided between the winners with the highest ranking hand and the lowest ranking hand. A winning low ranking hand cannot contain any pair or a card higher than an eight. Also, a straight with ace through five can be used to win a high or low hand.

Next time you’re in the casino poker room you may want to give Omaha a try.

Good Luck!

Players Get 5 to Make a 4 Card Poker Hand, But the Dealer Gets 6 – That’s Four Card Poker

If you’re a seasoned casino table game player you are probably aware that poker variants have flourished in the past twenty years, and the game of Four Card Poker is no exception.It’s found everywhere in casinos worldwide and also online. Here is how the game is played:

How to Play Four Card Poker

As this article title describes, when playing Four Card Poker you are dealt 5 cards to make your best 4 card hand. The dealer takes 6 cards and turns one face up.One may wonder why the house takes the extra card. The reason for the extra dealer card is to safeguard the house edge.

Before play begins, you must first make an Ante bet, decide if you want to play or fold after looking at your cards.If you fold, you forfeit your Ante wager. If you decide to call (play) you must make a Play wager of one, two, or three times your Ante, then discard one card to make your best 4 card hand. The dealer then turns over his or her remaining 5 cards for the showdown. If your hand ties or beats he dealer’s 4 card hand you win even money. If the dealer prevails, you lose. Unlike Three card Poker, a tie wins for the player and there are no dealer qualifiers.

Bonus Payout

If you are dealt one of the following top three hands you will receive a bonus payout for which you are paid even if you lose the hand to the house:

  • 3 of a Kind – Pays 2 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 20 to 1
  • 4 of a Kind – 25 to 1

Aces Up

There is also an Aces Up side bet that is independent of your play wager. Which simply means that if your 4 card hand contains a pair of Aces or higher, you’ll win the following even if you lose the original hand to the dealer:

  • Pair of Aces – Pays 1 to 1
  • Two Pair – 2 to 1
  • Straight – 5 to 1
  • Flush – 6 to 1
  • Three of a Kind – 7 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 30 to 1
  • 4 of a Kind – 50 to 1

Basic Strategy

There is a simple basic strategy that is recommended when you are playing Four Card Poker. Here it is. If you have:

  • Pair of 2’s or less – Fold
  • Pair of 3’s through 9’s – Raise 2 times your bet
  • Pair of 10’s or higher – Raise 3 times your bet

The house edge is about 2.8% without betting the Aces Up, and about 3.4% when betting that option.

Good Luck!

Winning Poker Hands: Aces Full and Full House

Poker has very interesting terms for some of its many combinations of hands. For the beginner, sometimes these terms simply don’t make any sense, and most times as not, they have names which are easily confused. That’s because some of the named hands will have actual names of the cards in them, such as the hand ‘Aces Full’.

Naturally with a hand called Aces Full, you’d certainly expect some aces in there, but how many and what the remaining cards are can be a mystery to the novice. A player who says they have aces full simply means that they have a full house which consists of three aces and a pair of any other cards.

As an example, A-A-A-10-10 would be aces full of tens. A player whose hand holds a full house which is made up of three aces and a pair will beat out all other full houses.

A full house will beat any hand holding a pair, two pair, three of a kind, a straight or a flush. It will only lose to a hand consisting of four of a kind, a straight flush and a royal flush. If two players have a full house, then the winner would be the player who is holding the highest three of a kind.

If it should happen that two players have the same three of a kind, then the player with the highest pair is considered the winner. As an example, if you had aces full of three A-A-A-3-3, and your opponent’s hand held kings full of tens K-K-K-10-10, you would win because your hand is higher, since three aces rank higher than three kings.

Another good example using the game holdem, if you held pocket aces and the flop showed A-Q-Q-3-5 you would also have a full house. This would be due to the fact you have the two aces as your hole cards making the three of a kind, and the five community cards which hold the two queens, which together make up your full house.

Statistics show that the odds are 693 to 1 against you being dealt a full house before the draw. With a four of a kind, which is what it takes next in rank to beat a full house, the odds are 4,164 to 1 to you being dealt this hand before the draw. If you really want to blow a full house out of the water, and show someone you know Lady Luck personally, pull out a straight flush at an incredible 64,973 to 1 odds.

Casino Hold ‘Em: The Poker Table Game Where Players Compete Against the Casino, Not Other Players

Casino Hold ’em is similar to the king of all poker games, Texas Hold ’em. The main difference being players compete against the house rather than other players. It is easy to learn and play, as long as you understand poker hand rankings. Novice players need not worry about being intimidated by other players. First let’s list the face value for each card and the five card poker hand rankings in sequential order:

Face Value of Cards

2 through 10 and Jack, Queen, King, Ace (2 is lowest, Ace is highest)

Poker Hand Rankings

High card – Five cards of different values with mixed suits and Ace being the highest.

One Pair – Two of the same cards such as 2, 2.

2 Pair – Two of the same cards twice, 7,7, & K, K

3 of a Kind – Three of the same cards, K, K, K, (AKA Trips)

Straight – Five cards in sequential order with mixed suits, 7,8,9,10, J

Flush – Five cards with the same suit in any order (5 Spades, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds.

Full House – Trips and a Pair, Q, Q, Q, 8,8, (AKA, Full Boat).

4 of a Kind – Four of the same cards, J, J, J, J, (AKA, Quads).

Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in sequential order.

Royal Flush – 10, J, Q, K, A, of the same suit.

How to Play

A standard 52 card deck is used. All players must first make an ante wager before play begins. There is also an optional bonus wager called AA Bonus. The dealer will then deal his or herself two hole cards face down, and place three community cards face up in the center of the table. This is known as the flop. The community cards can be used by all players to complete their hands.

Players examine their cards and must make one of two decisions:

Fold – forfeiting the ante bet.

Call – Make a wager equal to two times the ante bet.

The dealer will then deal two more community cards face up for a total of five, and reveal his or her cards. The players and dealer make their best five card poker hand by using any combination of their own two cards and the five community cards.

The dealer must have a pair of 4’s or better to qualify. If the dealer does not qualify, the call bet pushes and the ante bet will pay according to the pay table listed below.

If the dealer qualifies and player beats dealer, the call bet pays 1 to 1 and the ante bet pays according to the ante pay table below.

If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player loses the ante and call bets.

If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the ante and call bets push.

Pay tables may vary, below is supposedly the most common one:

Ante Bet Pay Table

Royal Flush – 100/1

Straight Flush – 20/1

4 of a Kind – 10/1

Full House – 3/1

Flush – 2/1

All Other – 1/1

Optional AA Side Wager

The AA optional side wager pays if the player is holding a pair of Aces or better. The bet pays even if the player folded the original hand. Here is the pay table:

Royal Flush – 100/1

Straight Flush – 50/1

4 of a Kind – 40/1

Full House – 30/1

Flush – 20/1

Straight – 10/1

Three of a Kind – 8/1

Two Pair – 7/1

Pair of Aces – 7/1

Strategy

Strategy is rather simple for this game according to gaming Analysts. Only the worst 18% of hands should be folded. Which are two low unsuited hole cards with no chance of a straight or flush when matched with the three-card community flop.

House Edge

The house edge has been calculated at 2.16% for the call wager and 2.97% when making the bonus wager, based on the pay tables listed.

Good Luck!