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Dealer's Choice Poker Games: Omaha Poker Game Variations



HomePokerEdge.com has assembled an extensive collection of dealer's choice poker game variations that will keep your home poker game lively and interesting. In addition to explaining how to play each game, we provide playing tips for many of these unique poker game varieties.

The Dealer's choice poker games on this page are based on Omaha.
Variations of Texas Hold'em poker are found on Hold'em Games page.
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Draw poker games varieties are on Draw Poker Games page.
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The HomePokerEdge.com staff has played most of these games and are confident you will find them realistic, challenging and fun to play. Give some a try at your next home poker game.

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Red River

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Red River is played exactly like Omaha Hold'em with this exception: If the river card is a red card (heart or diamond) an additional river card (6th board card) will be dealt. If that card is red, another river card (7th board card) is dealt. This continues until a black card is dealt. A round of betting occurs between each card. May be played high-low split. While Red River is usually played as Omaha, it can also be played as Texas Hold'em, Pineapple, Oklahoma or similar variations.


Double Omaha

 

Played exactly like Omaha except there are two sets of board cards. High hand on each board split the pot. May use "cards speak" or declaration.


Double Omaha High-Low

 

Played exactly like Omaha except there are two sets of board cards. Players may use either set of board cards to make their hand. The single highest and single lowest hands split the pot. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.


Omaha-Five (Cold Omaha)

 

Played like Omaha with this twist: Deal 5 cards down to each player. Before any betting each player must discard one hole card face down in the middle of the table. These discarded cards are shuffled or mixed together. 5 of the discarded cards are drawn and are used for the flop, turn and river. Play continues exactly like Omaha. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.
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Double Cold Omaha

 

Played like Double Omaha with this twist: Deal 6 cards down to each player. Before any betting each player must discard two hole cards face down in the middle of the table. These discarded cards are shuffled or mixed together and they are used for the flops, turns and rivers to make up two sets of board cards. Play continues exactly like Double Omaha. May be played high, high-low split, or high-low 8 or better.
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Sidecar Omaha

Sidecar Omaha is Omaha with the option of using 1 of 2 river cards. Deal 4 hole cards to each player. Reveal the flop and turn as usual (the 4 red cards in the diagaram). The river consists of 2 cards (blue cards in the diagram) but players may use only 1 of the 2 river cards. That is, using the example of the diagram, the board cards that may be use include all of the red cards, plus either the top or bottom blue cards. As required in Omaha, players must use 2 of their hole cards plus 3 of the board cards to make their hand. If played high-low a player going both ways may include 1 of the blue river cards for their high hand and the other for their low hand if they wish.

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Super Omaha

 

Played exactly like Omaha, except that each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Like Omaha, each player's hand is made from exactly 2 of their hole cards plus 3 cards from the board. May be played high, high-low split or high-low split 8 or better.


Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma is a version of Omaha, except players are dealt 3 hole cards instead of 4. As in Omaha you must use exactly 2 hole cards and 3 board cards to make your hand. May be played high, high-low split or high-low split 8 or better.


Pyramid

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Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and at the top is a single card. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom level, 1 of 2 cards from the middle level, plus the sole card at the top level.) Reveal each level starting with the bottom 3, then middle 2 and finally the top card, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but avoid 8 or better versions as a qualifying low is completely dependant on the single top card.
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Pyramid 1-2-3

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and at the top is a single card. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom level, 1 of 2 cards from the middle level, plus the sole card at the top level.)
Reveal cards in the following order. 1st: 1 card from the bottom level of 3 (i.e. a total of 1 card). 2nd: 1 card from the bottom level and 1 card from the middle level of 2 (i.e a total of 2 cards). 3rd: 1 card from the bottom level, 1 card from the middle level and the single top card (i.e a total of 3 cards). There is a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but avoid 8 or better versions as a qualifying low is completely dependant on the single top card.
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Mayan Pyramid (Big Pyramid)

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 9 cards arranged in the shape of a pyramid of 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 4 cards, the middle 3 cards and the top level has 2 cards. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal levels (ie. 1 card of 4 from the bottom level, 1 of 3 cards from the middle level, plus 1 of the 2 cards at the top level.) Reveal each level starting with the bottom 4, then middle 3 and finally the top 2, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split.
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Tic-Tac-Toe

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. Place 9 cards face down on the board arranges as 3 rows of 3 cards each. Reveal 3 random cards per betting round. Players must use 2 hole cards plus: 3 cards from 1 of the 3 horizontal rows, 3 cards from 1 of the 3 vertical rows, or 3 cards from 1 of the 2 diagonal rows.


Hourglass

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards consist of 8 cards arranged in 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom row has 3 cards, the middle 2 cards and the top 3 cards. Players make their hand by using 2 of their hole cards, plus just 1 card from each of the 3 horizontal rows (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom row, 1 of 2 cards from the middle row, 1 card of 3 from the top row.) Reveal each row starting with the bottom, then middle and finally the top, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split, but usually avoid 8 or better versions.
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Bermuda Triangle

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards consist of 6 cards arranged in the shape of a triangle with 3 cards on each side. Players must make their hand by using 2 of their hole cards, plus the 3 cards that make up one side of the triangle. Initially reveal all at once the 3 cards that are in the middle of each side. Thereafter, reveal just 1 card at a time, in any order. A round of betting occurs following the revealing of the card(s). May be played high-low split.
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Frame Up

 

Deal 5 hole cards to each player (if more than 8 players, deal 4 hole cards to each). Place 8 cards face down on the table arranged in the shape of a frame (or square) consisting of 3 cards on each side. Players will use 2 of their hole cards plus the 3 cards from any side of the frame to make their hand. Reveal 4 cards initially, those being the middle card from each side of the frame. Thereafter, reveal just 1 card at a time in this order: top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right. There is a round of betting before you reveal the first 4 cards as well as after each time cards are revealed. May be played high-low split.
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Turnpike

 

Each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Four sets of 3 cards each are placed face down on the table. One entire set is revealed after each round of betting. Use 2 hole cards plus one entire 3 card set to make the best hand. May be played high-low split.
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An alternative way to play Turnpike is to reveal 4 cards (1 from each of the four 3 card sets) at a time. This reduces the number of betting rounds, but tends to keep more players in the hand.


Thirty-Two

 

There are 4 variations to Thirty-Two. In all versions each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Players always use 3 of their hole cards plus 2 of the board cards to make their hand. This rule is never varied. Each version will arrange and use the board cards a bit differently. Board cards are always turned over one at a time. There is a round of betting after dealing the 5 hole cards and after each board card is revealed. Each may be played high-low split.
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Thirty-Two L

3 board cards are arranged in an "L" shape: Card A is placed on top. Card C is placed directly below A. Card B is placed to the right of card C. Cards are turned up one at a time in A, B, C order. Players may use either pair of adjoining cards. That is, pair AC or pair BC. They may not use pair AB.

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Thirty-Two Z

4 board cards are placed in roughly the shape of a "Z": Card A is placed on top. Card D is placed to the right of A. Card C is placed directly below D. Card B is placed to the right of C. Cards are turned over in A, B, C, D order. Players may use any one of the 3 pairs of adjoining cards. That is: pair AD, pair DC, pair CB. They may not use AC, AB or DB.

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Thirty-Two Squared

Place 4 cards face down in a square or box shape. Cards A & D next to one another. Card C is placed below A. Card B is place below card D. After each round of betting a down card is revealed in A, B, C, D order. Players must use any one of the 4 pair of cards consisting of 2 adjoining cards. That is pair AD, AC, CB or DB. Diagonal pairs (AB or CD) are not allowed.

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Thirty-Two Straight

 

4 board cards are placed face down in a straight line. Cards are revealed one at a time in any order. Players may use any two cards from the board.


 

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