Omaha and Seven-Card Stud are classic poker variations that will always be a part of the poker world.
Holdem is still by far the most popular poker form, of course, but more and more players are starting to diversify their poker game choices and finding classic games like Omaha and Stud really appeal to their sense of poker game play and strategy.
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How to Play Omaha Poker
Omaha is in many ways very similar to Texas Holdem. The biggest and most obvious difference is that you get four hole cards instead of two like in Holdem. Also different from Holdem is you have to use two of those four hole cards to make up your final poker hand.
It might seem like a small change, but it changes the game quite a bit. While Holdem can be said to be about bluffing and betting when you have the best hand, Omaha is a drawing game.
In Omaha you will often be putting a lot of money in the pot without a made hand. But when you are drawing, always be sure to be drawing to the nuts. Omaha is also played in a hi-lo version, where the pot is split between the best high hand and the best qualified low hand (if there is one).
The most popular variation online is Pot-Limit Omaha, which dominates a lot of the high-stakes action. It's a very fast, action-heavy variation where you're constantly put the the test.
How to Play Seven-Card Stud Poker
Seven-Card Stud is not a community card game like Omaha and Holdem. Each player gets a total of seven cards. The first two are dealt face down followed by one card face up.
A betting round follows with the player with the lowest-ranked card starting the betting. This is called "the bring-in." When each player has had the chance to act, another card is dealt face up to each remaining player in the pot. Another betting round commences, and so on.
Then another card is dealt face up and a new betting round takes place until the final card, which is dealt face down. A final betting round takes place and the winner is the player with the best five-card poker hand.
Seven-Card Stud is also played in a hi-lo version and a low version (called Razz). Have a look at our top list above to find some of the best Omaha and Seven-card stud poker games available online.