Omaha Hi/Lo: Fundamental Outline

Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is frequently seen as one of the most difficult but well-loved poker variations. It’s a game that, even more than normal Omaha poker, aims for action from every level of players. This is the chief reason why a once invisible variation, has expanded in popularity so quickly.

Omaha/8 begins like a normal game of Omaha. Four cards are handed out to each player. A sequence of wagering follows in which players can bet, check, or drop out. Three cards are handed out, this is called the flop. Another sequence of betting happens. After all the players have in turn called or folded, an additional card is flipped on the turn. Another round of wagering follows at which point the river card is flipped. The players will have to make the strongest high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is the point where some entrants get flustered. Unlike Hold’em, where the board can be everyone’s hand, in Omaha Hi-Lo the player has to utilize precisely three cards from the board, and precisely 2 hole cards. No more, not a single card less. Unlike normal Omaha, there are two ways a pot may 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, whether that is a straight, flush, full house. It is the same concept in nearly all poker games.

A lower hand is more complicated, but certainly opens up the play. When deciding on a low hand, straights and flushes don’t count. A low hand is the weakest hand that could be made, with the lowest value being made up of A-2-3-4-5. Considering that 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 eight and below. The lower hand takes half of the pot, as does the higher hand. When there is no low hand available, the high hand wins the entire pot.

Although it seems complex at the outset, following a few hands you will be agile enough to get the fundamental nuances of play easily enough. Seeing as you have individuals betting for the low and betting for the high, and seeing as so many cards are being used at the same time, Omaha 8 or better provides an amazing assortment of betting choices and because you have numerous individuals battling for the high, along with several trying for the low hand. If you enjoy a game with a considerable amount of outs and actions, it is not a waste of your time to participate in Omaha/8.

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