Pot Limit Omaha High Rules

Omaha is a sister game to Texas Hold Em. It is a game that is increasing in popularity at a very rapid pace. Many of the rules are the same as those in Texas Hold Em including the Blind structure and the betting action. In this article we are going to focus on the differences between the game of Omaha and the game of Texas Hold Em. Players making the move from playing Texas Hold to playing Pot Limit Omaha High need to make some adjustments. The most important adjustment is that you are dealt four cards instead of two. In Texas Hold Em you can play the board and do not need to use any of your hole cards. In Omaha you can only use 3 of the cards that are on the board and you must use only 2 of the 4 hole cards that you are dealt. This is the cause of a whole different way of thinking about what the best possible hand is and could be and this is probably the biggest adjustment that a Texas Hold Em player needs to make in order to begin to play Pot Limit Omaha High. The big benefit is that once you learn the different nuances of this game of Pot Limit Omaha you are going to find it to be a very fun and profitable game to play.


  • Each player in the hand is dealt 4 cards.
  • The player must use 2 of his hole cards along with 3 of the 5 community cards that will be dealt to make a hand. A player can not use less than two of the cards in his hand and he can not use more than two of the cards in his hand.
  • The blind and ante structure is based upon the table limits of the particular game proceeds in the same manner as in a Texas Hold Em Game.
  • Being a High game, players are competing based upon the highest possible hand ranking.
  • Being a Pot Limit game, the minimum bet is based upon the table limits of the game that you are playing in and the maximum bet is based upon the size of the pot. Going all in is not an option unless the amount of chips that a player has is less than the amount of chips that are in the pot.
  • There are 4 betting rounds in the hand. They are Pre Flop, Post Flop, Turn, and River.
  • Cards are dealt in a clockwise direction.
  • Action moves in a clockwise direction.
  • In the Pre Flop round of betting the action starts to the right of the big blind. In all following rounds of betting the action will start with the player that is directly to the right of the player with the Dealer Button.
  • There are 13 cards of each suit in the deck. Each suit contains and Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2.
  • The game is played primarily with from 2 to 10 players
  • There are 4 suits which are Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs.
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