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OMAHA POKER GAME VARIATIONS


Dealers 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, but there are lots of other games, too:
Variations of Stud poker are found on Stud Poker Games page.
Draw poker games varieties are on Draw Poker Games page.
Omaha poker games varieties are on Hold Em Games page.
Wild card poker variations are on our Wild Card Poker Games page.

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.

The descriptions and instructions we provide assume you already know how to play the basic poker games. Should you have questions or want to know more about any of these games, let us know via our Contact HPE page and we will be happy to respond.

We are constantly on the lookout for new games. If you have your own favorite dealer's choice poker game variation you'd like to share, please send it to us.

For additional information, read our general tips for dealer's choice poker games.

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Most of the games described may be played as high-low split. Playing high-low split poker games introduces additional factors that must be considered if you want to be a winning player. Read our playing tips for high-low split poker.

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Gladiator

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Gladiator poker is played high-low split as a variation of Omaha Eight or Better. Deal 4 hole cards to each player and place 5 cards face down on the board to be used as the flop, turn and river. Reveal the flop as usual. The variations occur upon revealing the turn and river cards. Immediately after the turn card is revealed (before any betting for that round) each active player will decide if the turn card "lives" or "dies". Each active player votes by means of revealing chips, similar to high-low declaration. No chip means "life"; 1 chip means "death". If a majority of players vote "death" the turn card is removed and replaced with a new card off the deck. If there is a tied vote or majority "life" vote the original turn card is kept. Any player voting for "death" must place 1 minimum bet into the pot. "Life" votes are free. After this "life" or "death" vote the usual round of betting occurs. The same process is utilized when the river card is revealed.

Gladiator contributed by "The Concierge"


Omaha-Hate

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Omaha Hate is a version of Omaha High-Low Eight or Better. Deal and play exactly as you would for Omaha High-Low Eight or Better. After the fourth betting round (river) each player makes a high, low or both declaration and is now bound to that decision. Now deal a sixth card to the board and follow with another round of betting. There are now 6 board cards for which each player must use exactly 3 plus exactly 2 of their hole cards to make their hand. Remember that each player is bound to the declaration they made before the 6th card was revealed. Love it or hate it; that 6th card may change a winning hand into a loser, or vice versa.

Omaha-Hate contributed by "The Concierge"


Double Omaha

 

Played exactly like Omaha except there are two sets of board cards. Deal the flop, turn and river in each set at the same time. High hand on each board split the pot. May use "cards speak" or declaration (i.e. which set of board cards player wishes to use).


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-low split or high-low eight or better.


Red River

 

Red River is played exactly like Omaha Hold'em with this exception: If the river cards is a heart or diamond (red card) 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 (club or spade) card is dealt. A round of betting occurs between each additional 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.


Omaha-Five (Hot 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 cards are shuffled or mixed together. 5 of these discarded cards are drawn and used as the flop, turn and river. Play continues exactly like Omaha. May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better. Click here for playing tips for Omaha-Five poker.


Double Hot Omaha

 

Played like Double Omaha with this twist: Deal 6 cards face down to each player (maximum of 8 players for this game). Before any betting each player must discard 2 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 create 2 sets of board cards. Play continues exactly like Double Omaha. May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better. Click here for playing tips for Double Hot Omaha poker.


Sidecar Omaha

Sidecar Omaha is Omaha with the option of using 1 of the 2 river cards. Deal 4 hole cards to each player. Reveal the flop and turn as usual. (the 4 red cards in the diagram). The river consists of 2 cards (Blue cards in the diagram) but players may use only 1 of these two river cards. That is, using the example of the diagram, the board cards that may be used includes all of the red cards, plus just 1 of the 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

 

Play Super Omaha exactly like Omaha, except that each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Like Omaha, each player's hand is made from exactly 2 hole cards plus 3 cards from the board.


Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma is a version of Omaha, except players are dealt just 3 hole cards. As in Omaha, players must use 2 hole cards and 3 board cards to make their hand. May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better.


Oklahoma Second Chance

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Oklahoma Second Chance is a version of Omaha, except players are initially dealt 3 hole cards instead of 4. However, after the entire 5 board cards are revealed, each player has the option of obtaining, for a pre-determined fee, a fourth card. The fee is suggested to be somewhere around 2 to 5 times the biggest bet. As in Omaha, players must use exactly 2 of their hole cards plus 3 board cards to make their hand. May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better.


Pyramid

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 level 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 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 it is preferable to avoid 8 or better versions as a qualifying low is completely dependent on the single top card. Click here for playing tips for Pyramid poker.

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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 level 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 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. 2nd: 1 card from the bottom level and 1 card from the middle level (ie. 2 cards total). 3rd: 1 card from bottom level, 1 card from middle level and the single top card (ie. 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 dependent on the single top card. Click here for playing tips for Pyramid 1-2-3 poker.

 

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 level 3 cards and at 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 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. Click here for playing tips for Mayan Pyramid poker.


Eiffel Tower

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 7 cards arranged in 4 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the second level has 2 cards and the 3rd and 4th level have a single card each. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards plus just 1 card from 3 of the 4 levels. Reveal each level starting with the bottom 3, then second 2, then the single 3rd row and finally the top card, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split. Click here for playing tips for Eiffel Tower poker.


Tic-Tac-Toe

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. Place 9 cards face down on the board arranged as 3 rows of 3 cards each. Reveal 3 random cards per betting round. Players must use exactly 2 hole cards plus either: All 3 cards from 1 of the 3 horizontal rows, or 1 of the 3 vertical rows, or 1 of the 2 diagonal rows. May be played high-low split.


Hourglass

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards are placed face down and consist of 8 cards arranged in 3 horizontal levels or rows. The bottom level has 3 cards, the middle level 2 cards and at the top level is 3 cards. Players make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards plus just 1 card from each of the levels (ie. 1 card of 3 from the bottom level, 1 of 2 cards from the middle level plus 1 card of 3 from the top level.) Reveal each level starting with the bottom 3, then middle 2 and, finally, the top 3 cards, with a round of betting between. May be played high-low split. Click here for playing tips for Hourglass poker.


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 exactly 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 one card at a time in any order you wish. A round of betting occurs between the revealing of the card(s). May be played high-low split. Click here for playing tips for Bermuda Triangle poker.


Frame Up

 

Deal each player 4 hole cards. The board cards consist of 8 cards arranged in the shape of a frame (or square) consisting of 3 cards on each side. Players must make their hand by using exactly 2 of their hole cards, plus the 3 cards that make up any one side of the frame. Initially reveal all at once 4 cards that are in the middle of each side. Thereafter, reveal just one card at a time in this order: top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right. A round of betting occurs between the revealing of thClick here for playing tips for Frame-Up poker.e card(s). May be played high-low split.


Turnpike

 

Each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Four sets of 3 cards per set are placed face down on the table. One entire set is revealed after each round of betting. Use exactly 2 hole cards plus one entire 3 card set to make the best hand. May be played high-low split.

Other variations of Turnpike poker:
1. 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. Click here for playing tips for Turnpike poker.
2. Deal each player 4 hole cards instead of 5.


Thirty-Two

 

There are 4 variations of Thirty-Two. Each is detailed below. In all versions each player is dealt 5 hole cards. Players always must use exactly 3 of their hole cards plus 2 of the board cards to make their hand. Each variation arranges and uses the board cards a bit differently. Board cards are always revealed one at a time. There is a round of betting after dealing the hole cards and after each board card is revealed May be played high-low split.
Click here for playing tips for Thirty-Two poker (all versions).


Thirty-Two L

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

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Thirty-Two Z

There are 4 board cards arranged in roughly a "Z" shape. 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 up one a a time 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. Pairs AB, AC or DB may not be used.

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Thirty-Two Squared

There are 4 board cards arranged in a square of box shape. Cards A & D are next to one another. Card C is placed below A. Card B is placed below card D. Cards are turned up one a a time in A, B, C, D order. Players may use any one of the 4 pairs of adjoining cards. That is pair AD, AC, CB or DB. The 2 diagonal pairs (AB and CD) may not be used.

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Thirty-Two Straight

 

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