Many poker players play Texas Hold’em. It is the most widely played version of the game, and many of these players will not really know about any other versions of poker at all. That’s a shame because there is a lot of fun to be had with these other incarnations of poker as well.
One of the most popular alternatives to Texas Hold’em is Omaha Hold’em. It is a good game to start off with as an alternative because it is very similar to its partial namesake. Its similarities lie in the fact that it’s a community card game with four betting rounds. There are, however, some fundamental differences too. In Texas Hold’em, players are dealt two hold cards, but in Omaha Hold’em, players are dealt four hold cards. This is an important difference because it gives a significantly higher amount of combinations, and therefore your game playing strategy needs to change as a result. This is because a combination of cards which may have been deemed a good hand on Texas Hold’em, (for example a pair of jacks), will probably not be deemed good enough in Omaha Hold’em because of the higher possibilities of combinations.
There are other important differences in Omaha Hold’em compared to Texas Hold’em. One difference is that position is more important. This is because those in a late position have more control over the pot. They can also pick up more information on other participants. Additionally, there is a tendency for there to be larger swings on Omaha Hold’em. Also, there is a tendency for there to be much bigger pots. This is why Omaha Hold’em appeals to thrill seekers and risk-takers. The risks you potentially take can be bigger in Omaha Hold’em than in Texas Hold’em, but the rewards can potentially be bigger too.