OMA-HOLD ‘EM OFFICIAL RULES

Number of Players: 2 to 10 players

Deck of Cards: Use a standard 52-card deck.

Objective: The objective of Oma-Hold ‘Em is to have the best combination of cards to win the pot.

GAME SET-UP

Blinds:

  • Oma-Hold ‘Em typically uses a small blind and a big blind.
  • The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind
  • The player to their left posts the big blind.

Dealing the Cards:

  • Deal two hole cards face-down to each player.
  • Players receive an additional two cards.
    • One after the turn card is revealed but prior to betting for that round.
    • One after the river card is revealed but prior to betting for that round.

Community Cards:

  • Oma-Hold ‘Em uses five community cards, dealt face-up in the center of the table.
  • These are typically referred to as the “flop,” “turn,” and “river.”
GAMEPLAY:

Betting:

  • Betting Rounds: Oma-Hold ‘Em consists of four betting rounds
    • Pre-flop
    • Post-flop
    • Post-turn
    • Post-river
  • Betting Limits:
    • No-limit
    • Pot-limit
    • Mixed-limit.

Action Sequence: Players can do any of the following in a betting round

  • Check
  • Bet
  • Raise
  • Call
  • Fold

Community Card Rounds:

  • There are five community cards
    • The first is the flop which consists of three community cards.
    • The second is the turn which is one card.
    • The final is the river which is one card.
  • Before each card, the dealer will draw and discard the card before drawing the community cards.  This is referred to as the burn card.
  • It is important to remember to deal the additional player cards in accordance with the Dealing the Cards section.

Showdown:

  • At the showdown, players must use two of their hole cards and three of the community cards to make the best possible hand.
  • Hand rankings follow traditional poker rankings (e.g., Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, etc.).
  • The player with the highest-ranked hand wins the pot.
RULES AND VARIATIONS
  • High-Low: This is the same as High Oma-Hold ‘Em.
    • Showdown Conditions for High-Low Oma-Hold ‘Em:
      • High Hand: The player with the best high hand wins one-half of the pot. High hands follow traditional poker hand rankings, with a Royal Flush being the highest and a High Card being the lowest. In case of a tie for the high hand, the pot is split equally among the tied players with the best high hand.
      • Low Hand: To qualify for the low hand, a player must have five unpaired cards with ranks eight or lower. The Ace can be used as either the highest card (for high hand) or the lowest card (for low hand). The player with the best qualifying low hand wins the other half of the pot.
        • The best low hand is 5-4-3-2-A (a “wheel”). Aces are always considered low for the low hand.
        • A “qualifying” low hand must not have any cards higher than 8. For example, 8-7-6-5-4 is a qualifying low hand, while 8-7-6-5-9 is not.
        • If there is no qualifying low hand, the player with the best high hand wins the entire pot.
    • Scooping the Pot: To “scoop” the pot, a player must have the best high hand and the best qualifying low hand. In this case, the player wins the entire pot.
  • Side Pots: Side pots are used when a player goes all-in. Each side pot is separate from the main pot, and the player with the best hand in each side pot can win that specific pot.
  • Wild Cards: Oma-Hold ‘Em is typically played without wild cards.
  • Split Pots: In Oma-Hold ‘Em, it’s common for players to have the same high hand. In such cases, the pot is split equally among the tied players with the highest-ranking hands.
  • Betting Rules: Specify the betting limits (no-limit, pot-limit, fixed-limit) and any additional betting rules, such as capping the number of raises.
  • Buy-ins and Rebuys: Define the rules for buy-ins and rebuys if you want to allow them.
  • Winning Conditions: Make it clear that players must use exactly two of their hole cards and three of the community cards to form their hand.
  • Antes: Oma-Hold ‘Em is typically played with blinds instead of antes, but you can choose to use antes if you prefer.
  • House Rules: Include any house-specific rules or variations that apply to your particular game.