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Omaha Hi-Low: Basic Outline
March 22nd, 2016 by Leilani

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is often times seen as one of the most complex but popular poker variations. It is a game that, even more than regular Omaha poker, aims for play from every level of players. This is the main reason why a once invisible game, has increased in acceptance so rapidly.

Omaha hi/low begins exactly like a regular game of Omaha. 4 cards are dealt to every player. A sequence of wagering follows where players can wager, check, or drop out. Three cards are handed out, this is called the flop. Another round of wagering ensues. Once all the gamblers have in turn called or dropped out, another card is revealed on the turn. Another sequence of wagering ensues and then the river card is flipped. The entrants must attempt to make the strongest high and low five card hands using the board and hole cards.

This is the point where many entrants often get flustered. Unlike Texas Holdem, in which the board can be every player’s hand, in Omaha hi/lo the player must use precisely three cards on the board, and precisely two hole cards. Not a single card more, no less. Unlike normal Omaha, there are two ways a pot may be won: the "high hand" or the "lower hand."

A high hand is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the strongest hand out of everyone’s, it doesn’t matter if it is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It’s the very same notion in almost all poker games.

The low hand is more complicated, but really free’s up the action. When figuring out a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. the lowest hand is the weakest hand that might be put together, with the lowest being A-2-3-4-5. Considering that straights and flushes do not count, A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest value hand possible. The low hand is any 5 card hand (unpaired) with an eight and lower. The low hand takes half of the pot, as does the higher hand. When there is no low hand available, the high hand takes the whole pot.

It may seem complex at the start, after a couple of rounds you will be agile enough to get the basic subtleties of the game easily enough. Since you have players betting for the low and wagering for the high, and seeing as so many cards are being used at once, Omaha 8 or better offers an amazing range of betting possibilities and seeing that you have numerous individuals shooting for the high, and many battling for the low hand. If you like a game with a considerable amount of outs and actions, it is worth your time to compete in Omaha/8.


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