Which Holdem Games Are The Most Popular
Learn to Play Home, Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo Split Holdem Games
There is a wide variety of Holdem games, and all of them are based on Texas Holdem. If you are unfamiliar with the general structure of Holdem games and with the rules of Texas Holdem, visit corresponding pages at our site before you proceed.
Home Holdem is played according to standard Texas Holdem rules but does not involve blind bets. As in regular poker games, Home Holdem players ante before they are dealt any cards. First and all subsequent betting rounds are played normally, with the first player to the left of the dealer opening betting.
Home Holdem can also be played without Flop, which means that after the first betting round, all community cards are flipped one by one with a betting round following each card. Such structure involves two additional betting rounds and makes the game more similar to standard community games.
Omaha Holdem is played like Texas Holdem, but four cards are dealt with each player instead of two and players must use two of their hole cards and three community cards at the end of the game. The number of the used hole and community cards can not vary. However, an alternative variation of Omaha Holdem allows players to use any number of hole and community card to form the final five-card hand and differs from Texas Holdem only by the number of hole cards dealt.
Omaha Holdem can be played with blinds like Texas Holdem or with antes like Home Holdem.
Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Omaha Hi-Lo Split is the same game as Omaha Holdem, except that it is played in High/Low split format, which means that the pot is split between the player with the highest hand at the table and the player with the lowest one. Sometimes house rules require a declaration, which means that all players must declare whether they go for High or for Low hand before the showdown. Players can also declare Both Sides and play for both halves of the pot with two different five-card hands selected from nine cards available to each one of them.
Omaha Hi-Lo Split games often involve a qualifier for low hands. If the game is called Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-down, only players with 8-high or lower hands can play Low in such game. If no player has such hand, all players play High, and the player with the highest hand wins the entire pot.