word type: noun

  1. A game in which players are dealt four hole cards, and five board cards are dealt in the traditional flop-turn-river and accompanying betting format of Texas hold 'em. Unlike hold 'em, players may only use two out of the four cards in their hand and three from the board to make their five-card hand. The board never plays in Omaha.

Forms of Omaha

In Omaha eight-or-better (usually written "08"), the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand (the A,2,3,4,5 wheel is the "nut low" as well as a "high hand," a straight). It is usually played in the traditional limit format, although the pot-limit variety has recently experienced an increase in popularity.

Pot limit Omaha (PLO) is played for high hands only (and very rarely as a limit game). It is known as an "action game" since the additional card combinations create many situations where strong hands are forced to gamble against other strong hands of similar value.

Other Names

The game of Omaha is sometimes referred to as Omahahahahaha, usually in regards to the Durrrr Challenge.