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Omaha Hi/Lo: General Summary
December 8th, 2019 by Leilani

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha 8 or better) is commonly seen as one of the most difficult but well-loved poker variations. It’s a game that, even more than regular Omaha poker, invites play from all levels of players. This is the primary reason why a once irrelevant game, has increased in popularity so rapidly.

Omaha hi low begins like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are dealt to every player. A round of betting ensues where gamblers can bet, check, or fold. Three cards are handed out, this is known as the flop. A further round of wagering ensues. Once all the players have either called or folded, a further card is flipped on the turn. a further round of betting ensues and then the river card is flipped. The entrants will need to put together the strongest high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is the point where some entrants can get confused. Contrasted to Texas Holdem, where the board can make up everyone’s hand, in Omaha hi-low the player has to use exactly three cards from the board, and precisely two hole cards. No more, no less. Unlike regular Omaha, there are two ways a pot can be won: the "higher hand" or the "low hand."

A high hand is exactly how it sounds. It’s the strongest possible hand out of everyone’s, regardless if it is a straight, flush, full house. It’s the same notion in almost all poker games.

The lower hand is more complex, but really opens up the play. When deciding on a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. the lowest hand is the worst hand that could be put together, with the lowest being A-2-3-4-5. Because straights and flushes don’t count, A-2-3-4-5 is the worst possible hand. The low hand is any five card hand (unpaired) with an eight and below. The low hand takes half of the pot, as does the high hand. When there’s no lower hand presented, the high hand wins the entire pot.

It may seem complicated at the outset, after a few rounds you will be able to get the basic subtleties of the game with ease. Seeing as you have people betting for the low and betting for the high, and since so many cards are being used at once, Omaha 8 or better provides an amazing range of wagering options and because you have several players shooting for the high hand, and a few battling for the low. If you like a game with a plethora of outs and actions, it is not a waste of your time to play Omaha hi/low.


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