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Omaha Hi/Low: Fundamental Outline
February 10th, 2021 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’s a game that, even more than normal Omaha poker, invites play from all levels of players. This is the main reason why a once invisible game, has expanded in popularity so quickly.

Omaha 8 or better begins like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are handed out to every player. A round of wagering ensues in which players can wager, check, or drop out. 3 cards are dealt out, this is called the flop. One more sequence of wagering ensues. After all the gamblers have in turn called or dropped out, a further card is revealed on the turn. a further round of betting happens and then the river card is revealed. The players will have to make the strongest high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is where a few entrants get confused. Unlike Holdem, in which the board can make up every player’s hand, in Omaha hi/lo the player must use exactly three cards on the board, and precisely 2 hole cards. No more, not a single card less. Contrary to regular Omaha, there are 2 ways a pot may be won: the "higher hand" or the "lower hand."

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

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

It may seem complex initially, following a couple of hands you will be able to pick up on the basic nuances of the game with ease. Since you have individuals betting for the low and betting for the high, and since such a large number of cards are in play, Omaha hi/low offers an exciting collection of betting possibilities and because you have many individuals trying for the high hand, as well as a few shooting for the low hand. If you prefer a game with a considerable amount of outs and actions, it is worth your time to play Omaha/8.


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