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PokerStars to launch new Split Omaha game

Wed, Feb 27, 8:58am by Staff Writer

Poker players could soon be treated to a new game on the PokerStars platform as the online poker giant has revealed plans for its latest novelty game ‘Split Omaha’.

The new variant game is based on Double Board Omaha and adopts similar rules as the regular Omaha game.

PokerStars has been showcasing its creativity in recent times by introducing a series of new games and poker variants, such as ‘Split Hold’em’, inspired by the popular Double Flop Hold’em.

With Omaha already known for being an action-packed game, it will be intriguing to see how a split variant adds to the drama, according to Cards Chat News.

Split Omaha will have a similar level of appeal to a recently released product titled ‘6+ Hold’em’, which has been designed to provide new challenges and more action, with the game popular among experienced players and casuals looking for extra excitement.

What is Split Omaha?

Split Omaha involves two boards of community cards being dealt, with the best hands on each board normally sharing the pot.

Players may take the entire pot if they have the best hands on both boards.

The game adopts the same hand rankings as regular Omaha, though players need to come up with different strategies in relation to choosing what hands to play and modifying the value of bet sizes and starting hands.

The graphic for Split Omaha is similar to what appeared in Split Hold’em.

A large crack cuts through the centre of the table dividing the two boards, but with four cards to play instead of two.

Players will find it easier to make strong hands on differing boards according to Top 10 Poker News.

While most of PokerStars’ previous additions such as Split Hold’em, Unfold, Showtime Hold’em and 6+ Hold’em were based on the regular Hold’em format, Split Omaha is the website’s first novelty game to fully adopt the Omaha structure.

The novelty games rolled out by PokerStars since March 2018 stayed in the client for no more than two months.

6+ Hold’em is growing in popularity however and could become a permanent offering for the online poker room.

It remains to be seen whether Split Omaha will replace 6+ Hold’em, or will become an additional offering in the PokerStars client.

PokerStars is an online poker cardroom owned by The Stars Group that can be accessed through Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

It is the largest online poker website in the world with a share of more than two-thirds of the total online poker market according to The Telegraph.

PokerStars launched its real money wagering service in 2001 as a Costa Rican company Rational Enterprises.

The company was subsequently moved to the Isle of Man due to the favourable 0 per cent corporate tax rate in the nation and the removal of rules prohibiting companies from accepting casino and poker bets from the United Sates.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Sky Casino and BetEasy.

It is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia and the Americas.

PokerStars was one of the sites used by an estimated 113,000 Australian online poker players before its ban in 2017.

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