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Omaha Hi-Low: Fundamental Overview
April 13th, 2019 by Leilani

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is commonly seen as one of the most complicated but well-loved poker variations. It is a variation that, even more than normal Omaha poker, invites action from all levels of players. This is the primary reason why a once obscure game, has grown in acceptance so amazingly.

Omaha 8 or better starts like a normal game of Omaha. Four cards are handed out to every player. A round of betting follows where gamblers can bet, check, or drop out. Three cards are dealt out, this is known as the flop. A further sequence of wagering happens. Once all the gamblers have in turn called or dropped out, a further card is flipped on the turn. a further sequence of wagering happens at which point the river card is revealed. The players will need to make the strongest high and low 5 card hands using the board and hole cards.

This is the point where many entrants get baffled. Unlike Texas Holdem, where the board can make up every player’s hand, in Omaha hi-low the player must utilize precisely three cards from the board, and exactly 2 cards from their hand. Not a single card more, no less. Contrary to normal Omaha, there are 2 ways a pot may be won: the "high hand" or the "lower hand."

A high hand is just what it sounds like. It is the best hand out of every player’s, it doesn’t matter if it is a straight, flush, full house. It is the identical concept in almost all poker games.

The lower hand is more complex, but certainly opens up the action. When figuring out a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. the lowest hand is the worst hand that can be made, with the worst being made up of A-2-3-4-5. Seeing as straights and flushes don’t count, A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest value hand possible. The low hand is any 5 card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and lower. The low hand wins half of the pot, as just like the high hand. When there is no lower hand presented, the higher hand takes the entire pot.

It may seem complex at the start, following a couple of hands you will be able to get the fundamental nuances of play simply enough. Since you have players wagering for the low and betting for the high, and since so many cards are being used at the same time, Omaha/8 provides an exciting collection of betting possibilities and because you have numerous players battling for the high hand, and many trying for the low. If you prefer a game with a lot of outs and actions, it is worth your time to compete in Omaha 8 or better.


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