The resurgence of poker gambling in Ireland has been remarkable, driven of course by the online casinos and to a lesser extent by televised poker tournaments. Certainly the popularity of Texas Hold’em poker is primarily due to the fact that it is the poker format used in most of the major poker tournaments throughout the world, but online poker gambling enthusiasts now have a host of other poker formats available at the online casinos for them to try. One of the most popular alternatives to Texas Hold’em amongst the online casino gambling fraternity is Omaha poker, which also uses five community cards but each player is dealt four cards face down instead of two. We have provided a detailed explanation of the rules of Omaha poker on our casino games pages, but the most significant difference between these two forms of community card poker gambling is that the player must use two and only two of the cards they have been dealt when they form their showdown hand. On the face of it this does not seem to be that important, but let’s take an example of a player who may be holding three of a kind in their hole cards. When gambling on Omaha poker, the player can only use two of these cards in their final hand and the chances of a third matching card appearing in the community cards is much reduced because there is only one left in the pack. There is another factor of this form of poker gambling which a new player gambling on Omaha poker must take into account, and that is that there cannot be two flushes of different suits in the final showdown, because at least three of the community cards must be used by every player. As long as you understand these two major differences between Omaha poker gambling and gambling on Texas Hold’em poker they both offer the full excitement of multiple betting rounds and the bigger potential pots we associate with community card poker formats, so why not give Omaha poker a go.