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Omaha Hi Lo: Basic Summary
June 2nd, 2018 by Leilani

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is often times viewed as one of the most difficult but popular poker variations. It’s a variation that, even more than normal Omaha poker, aims for play from every level of players. This is the primary reason why a once irrelevant game, has increased in acceptance so rapidly.

Omaha 8 or better begins like a normal game of Omaha. Four cards are dealt to every player. A round of wagering follows where gamblers can wager, check, or fold. Three cards are dealt out, this is referred to as the flop. A further round of betting happens. After all the gamblers have in turn called or dropped out, a further card is revealed on the turn. an additional sequence of betting follows at which point the river card is flipped. The entrants will have to make the strongest high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is where many entrants often get confused. Unlike Holdem, where the board can make up every player’s hand, in Omaha hi-low the player has to use exactly three cards on the board, and exactly two cards from their hand. No more, no less. Unlike regular Omaha, there are two ways a pot could be won: the "higher hand" or the "low hand."

A high hand is exactly what it sounds like. It is the best hand out of everyone’s, whether that is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It is the same approach in almost every poker game.

A lower hand is more complicated, but certainly free’s up the action. When figuring out a low hand, straights and flushes don’t count. the lowest hand is the weakest hand that could be made, with the worst being made up of A-2-3-4-5. Because straights and flushes do not count, A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest value hand possible. The lower hand is any five card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and smaller. The lower hand takes half of the pot, as does the high hand. When there is no low hand available, the high hand wins the entire pot.

While it seems difficult at the outset, after a couple of rounds you will be agile enough to get the fundamental subtleties of the game with ease. Since you have individuals betting for the low and betting for the high, and since so many cards are in play, Omaha hi lo provides an overwhelming range of betting options and because you have many individuals trying for the high hand, and many shooting for the low. If you love a game with a considerable amount of outs and actions, it is worth your time to participate in Omaha 8 or better.


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