About Omaha Poker
The exact origins of Omaha Poker are not clear, as are the legends of many poker games. Some primitive form of Omaha was most likely played in the floating casinos of Mississippi River riverboats back in the early 1800s. It was on these boats that the earliest US gamblers experimented with new forms of poker that would ultimately be altered over time into the poker variations played throughout the world today.
The most concrete information on the history of Omaha is not that old, however. Around the time that Texas Hold ‘em was taking root in Vegas, there were two versions of the game offered by casinos. One version was the Texas Hold ‘em we know and play today. The other was a game in which the player was required to use both and only both of his hole cards combined with three of five community cards to make a winning hand. It was referred to as “Omaha” for no apparent reason that can be found, but it was not the same Omaha game we play today. When the present-day four-card Omaha hold ‘em game first came to Vegas in 1982 it inherited its name from the former due to the similarities of the two games. It was an instant hit and was soon considered a permanent fixture in both cash games and tournament play, referred to back then as the game of the future.
Today, Omaha poker ranks second in global popularity behind Texas Hold ‘em. It attracts players because it is complex and promotes action, which can make for a challenging game of poker. Omaha should be regarded as an advanced form of poker and not underestimated. While Texas Hold ‘em players will pick up the game of Omaha very easily, mastering the mindset and grasping the strategy of the game may take longer.
Keep in mind that Omaha is fast-paced and involves a lot of action. Your bankroll should be size able enough to take some big hits without breaking your poker chip stack. You are going to lose some pretty big poker pots, but this will be balanced by the substantial pots you will win. The same bankroll won’t take you as far in Omaha as it typically would in Texas Hold ‘em, so don’t go for higher tables if you can’t afford it. Start out low, and work your way up. Also, don’t expect to play Omaha in the same style that you play Texas. You can’t really get away with bluffing in Omaha, and your opponents will be holding an authentic poker hand at least 50% of the time. For those who are patient enough to learn their way up to the big tables, it can be a very rewarding game, both financially and mentally.