It is no secret. Omaha Poker, in both of it’s High/Low and High-only formats, is expanding in internet poker rooms as a result of player demand. Whether it is the result of the many Internet Poker Series, players looking for a different venue to ply their skills or the huge upswing of online players from Europe, the inclusion and expansion of internet poker tournaments, SnGs and cash game tables are fueling the hunger of players who are expanding their poker horizons from the Texas Hold’em only venues.
So where are the best places for you to play Omaha?
PokerStars has the most tournaments, Sit and Gos [SnGs] and cashgames of all of the internet poker sites.
Day or night, players can find the right cash game, SnG or tournament to suit their Omaha play. During PokerStars’ World Championships of Online Poker [WCOOP] and their new Spring Championships of Online Poker [SCOOP], high-action play with deep guarantees run throughout, giving their players the opportunity to make some major scores year-round.
Full Tilt Poker
Full Tilt Poker offers it’s players a lot of Omaha action! Players can find Omaha tournaments and cashgames around the clock with tournament buy-ins ranging from $2.25 to the mammoth $216 Saturday $35,000 Guarantee. However, Full Tilt does have very sporadic SnG traffic and although some $50 SnGs might run, most SnG traffic is in the $2 to $5 range.
Throughout the year, Full Tilt Poker offers players access to huge guaranteed prizepools when they offer their Full Tilt Online Poker Series [FTOPS] and their miniFTOPS tournament series.
Bwin Poker [PartyPoker Network] offers a lot of cash game play for Omaha High. Although they have decent traffic in full ring and heads-up play, the real draw for Bwin Poker is in it’s 5-Max games where they normally have 50 to 70 tables of various buy-ins running. Although they do have Omaha High/Low, cashgame traffic is somewhat low.
Most non-cashgame Omaha play at Bwin Poker tends to run in their tournaments, with very sporadic SnG play daily. Players can find many Omaha tournaments with buy-ins as low as $1.10 to as high as their daily PL Omaha Deepstacks Rebuy which is $108. Although they offer a lot of tournaments, they only run one regular Guaranteed Prize Pool tournament and that is thedaily $500 Guarantee Fixed Limit High/Low tournament with a $22 buy-in.
Bwin Poker’s annual Grand Series of Poker usually schedules two to three Omaha events each year, so any high-rolling players should check out the schedule and buy-in!
Mansion Poker [iPoker Network] offers a wide variety of cashgames, tournaments and SnGs. One of the advantages of being part of a large poker network is the ability to share players with the other internet poker sites on the network. Mansion Poker has very good PL Omaha High traffic, although their PL Omaha High/Low traffic is still respectable.
SnG traffic is sporadic in the PL Omaha High/Low area. Mansion Poker’s PL Omaha High traffic currently is focused mostly in their wildly popular “Double Up” SnGs. Players can find traffic as high as the $22 Double Ups.
Mansion Poker offers between 15 and 20 Omaha tournaments of Pot-Limit and Fixed Limit in both High/Low and High-only formats. Buy-ins ranging from $1.10 to $55 run weekly. Of these tournaments a handful are guaranteed for between $200 and $2,500. During their annual European Championships of Online Poker [ECOOP], Mansion Poker offers a few Omaha venues for highrollers to participate in.
How do the Internet Poker Sites compare to one another?
The previous tabs above listed the top internet poker sites for Omaha poker by traffic. However, not all sites listed above have the best traffic in all of cashgames, tournaments and SnGs. The following section gives a brief rundown of where the best games and/or traffic is for all three categories and what you can expect at each type of game.
PokerStars is the Omaha tournament king of internet poker. With daily tournaments running from $1+$0.10 to $100+$9 and guarantees of $1,000 to $7,000, players can find their buy-in level and comfort level at PokerStars. On the weekends, PokerStars offers two $25,000 Guarantees and a $30,000 Guarantee.
Full Tilt offers a large variety of Omaha tournaments to their players. Buy-ins of $2+$0.25 to $200+$16 run each week with their biggest tournament on Saturday with a $35,000 Guarantee prizeopool. Players will find that if they want Omaha tournament action, Full Tilt has more than enough to sate their appetites.
Sit n Go’s
PokerStars, as the largest internet poker site, has the best Omaha SnG traffic online. With a variety of buy-ins from as low as $0.10 to as high as $2,190, players can find the right SnG for their tastes. Players can find heads-up, 6-Max, full single table all the way to massive 40-table turbos.
Although overall Full Tilt Poker’s SnG traffic is lagging considering their market share in internet poker, they do have a tendency for having some of the loosest low buy-in SnGs, a fact which won’t be lost on novice and expert players alike.
PokerStars leads the way in internet poker cashgame play. Whether it is Omaha High-only or High/Low split, players will find the most traffic, across the most buy-ins at almost every hour of the day. Players who are serious about their Omaha play or are looking to play the best Omaha players on the internet, need look no further than PokerStars.
Full Tilt Poker runs a very large pool of internet poker tables in their Omaha venues. Omaha High traffic is some of the biggest online and they do very well in PL Omaha High/Low as well. Players will find the right tables to play at Full Tilt Poker. Whether a seasoned veteran or a novice, the Omaha play at Full Tilt is immense.
Looking for a short-handed game of PL Omaha? Without a doubt Bwin Poker [on the OnGame network] is the granddaddy of 5-Max Omaha. Fast and furious, these tables run around the clock. Be forewarned! You are as apt to run into fish as often as you are to run into a world-class short-handed Omaha player. Keep your eye on the pot-sizes and Players-to-the-flop percentages to help in table selection.
Although Party Poker’s PL Omaha High/Low traffic is rather low for an internet poker site of their size, they more than make up for it in 6-Max PL Omaha High tables. In fact, some of the biggest 6-Max games are still being run at Party Poker with $10/$20 games common.