Omaha is second only to Texas Hold’em in its popularity among today's poker players. Both games use a community card pile, but where Texas Hold ’em gives players two private cards, Omaha doubles this to four. The extra cards means that more combinations are possible, offering a greater challenge and more variety.
Omaha is unusual among card games as its invention cannot be pinned down easily. The exact origins of the game are unknown, but there was a similar game known as Twice Threes that was popular in American cities such as Detroit and Chicago in the 1960s, even spreading as far as New York. It went through some modifications as it drifted across the country. One of the major differences between the variations found in the north and south was that the north played with five cards dealt to each player, while the southern states dealt four – the latter becoming the standard in Omaha poker.
This game was also played under a number of different titles, going by names of other locations such as Fort Worth and Oklahoma, before Omaha was settled on in the 1980s. It is believed the Nebraskan town was chosen as it is in the centre of the United States, and was seen as an agreeable compromise between all the other location-based names.
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