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Omaha Hi Lo: General Summary
October 30th, 2016 by Leilani

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is commonly seen as one of the most difficult but popular poker games. It is a variation that, even more than regular Omaha poker, aims for action from every level of players. This is the chief reason why a once obscure variation, has increased in acceptance so rapidly.

Omaha/8 starts like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are dealt to each player. A round of betting ensues in which gamblers can bet, check, or drop out. 3 cards are given out, this is referred to as the flop. One more round of betting ensues. Once all the gamblers have in turn called or folded, an additional card is flipped on the turn. an additional sequence of betting follows and then the river card is flipped. The gamblers will have to make the best high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is the point where many entrants often get baffled. Contrasted to Texas Hold ‘Em, where the board can be every player’s hand, in Omaha hi-low the player must use precisely 3 cards on the board, and precisely 2 cards from their hand. No more, not a single card less. Contrary to regular Omaha, there are two ways a pot might be won: the "higher hand" or the "lower hand."

A high hand is just how it sounds. It is the strongest hand out of every player’s, it doesn’t matter if it is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It’s the very same notion in just about all poker games.

A lower hand is more complicated, but really free’s up the play. When deciding on a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. A low hand is the weakest hand that could be made, with the lowest being A-2-3-4-5. Seeing as straights and flushes do not count, A-2-3-4-5 is the worst possible hand. The lower hand is any 5 card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and below. The lower hand takes half of the pot, as does the high hand. When there is no lower hand presented, the higher hand takes the whole pot.

While it seems difficult initially, following a couple of rounds you will be agile enough to pick up on the base subtleties of the game with ease. Seeing as you have people betting for the low and betting for the high, and seeing as so many cards are being used at once, Omaha/8 offers an exciting collection of wagering choices and owing to the fact that you have several individuals trying for the high hand, as well as several battling for the low. If you love a game with a plethora of outs and actions, it’s not a waste of your time to participate in Omaha hi lo.


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