One of the effects of the rise in popularity of online casino gambling has been a steady increase in interest in the casino game of poker. After years in the doldrums on this side of the Atlantic, poker gambling appears to be booming. With this renewed popularity we have also seen the introduction of a number of different forms of gambling on poker, one of which is Omaha poker. Omaha poker is a version of community card poker similar to Texas Hold’em, but with each player being dealt four cards face down instead of two. Omaha poker gambling still uses five community cards dealt face up in the middle of the table, just like Texas Hold’em, but each player must use two and only two of their hole cards to form their final hand. For those of you who are new to gambling on Omaha poker we have detailed the rules in our casino games pages, but there are some important differences to note between Omaha poker and Texas Hold’em when it comes to evaluating potential winning hands. Holding three of a kind in your hole cards for example, is not necessarily as good as it may appear, because only two can be used in your showdown hand and the chances of a fourth being dealt as a community card is reduced. It is also worth noting that there is no possibility of two flushes of different suits appearing in the showdown because three of the cards must be community cards. Omaha poker gambling does however offer the possibility of a wider range of potential winning hands because each player has nine cards available to form their hand, and with four hole cards the pot often climbs more steeply in the early betting rounds. As with Texas Hold’em, gambling on Omaha poker can risk the stakes becoming quite high on each hand and we would suggest that inexperienced Omaha poker gamblers start with low table stakes. If you enjoy poker and fancy a change then the Omaha poker format could be for you.