PokerStars Introduces Variants of 5-Card Omaha to Software


Pokerstars--5-card-drawPokerStars will be expanding its poker offering by introducing all variants of 5-Card Omaha over the next couple of days in the poker software. The new games being introduced are 5-Card Omaha, 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel, and Courchevel Hi/Lo (a variation never offered before online).

Pot-limit versions of all four games will feature stakes ranging from $0.10/$0.25 to $200/$400, with the stakes for fixed-limit versions of 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo and Courchevel Hi/Lo ranging from $1/$2 to $1,000/$2,000. All 5-Card Omaha, 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel, and Courchevel Hi/Lo games will be spread at six-handed tables.

In 5-Card Omaha each player is dealt five hole cards rather than four, with the game subsequently playing much like regular Omaha. Players must build their hands using exactly two of their hole cards and three of the five community cards. The addition of the fifth hole card from which to choose obviously gives players more options when it comes to building hands, with hand values also being affected as well.

Courchevel plays in a similar way but introduces a difference into the way the community cards are dealt and the pattern of betting. In Courchevel, players are dealt their five hole cards, then the first community card is revealed prior to the initial round of betting, after which the next two community cards are dealt (completing the flop). From there the game plays like other “flop games,” with betting rounds after the flop, turn, and river. Thus there are still four rounds of betting (as in regular and 5-Card Omaha), but the first round is conducted with players having knowledge of that initial community card, sometimes called the “preview” card.

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