Omaha or Omaha Hold ‘em is the second most popular poker variant played both in live and on virtual felts and is similar to Texas Hold ‘em. In Omaha each player is dealt four hole cards instead of two and he can choose two of these to combine with three of the five community cards to make his best hand.
Texas Hold ‘em Vs. Omaha: How They Differ
Texas Hold ‘em and Omaha are similar in their format, seating position, hand rankings, betting rounds and gameplay.
Number of Hole Cards Dealt: Apart from the fact that in Texas Hold ‘em, the players are dealt only two hole cards instead of four as in Omaha, the two games differ in certain ways.
Number of Hold Cards Used: In Omaha, a player has to use exactly two hole cards to make his best poker hand where in Texas Hold ‘em a player may choose to either use both, or one or none of his hole cards to make a hand. This also means that making big hands is easier in Omaha than in Texas Hold ‘em.
Popular Betting Structures: While both games can be played with any betting structure, the preferred betting structure for Texas Hold ‘em is no-limit, and the preferred betting structure for Omaha is usually pot-limit.