Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha 8 or better) is often times viewed as maybe
one of the most complicated popular poker games. It is a game that, even more
than regular Omaha poker, invites action from every level of player. This is the
main reason why a once obscure, abstract game has increased in popularity so
Omaha Hi-Lo begins like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are dealt to every
player. A round of betting ensues where players can bet, check, or fold. Three
cards are dealt out, this is called the flop. Another round of betting ensues.
Once all the players have either called or folded, another card is flipped on
the turn. Another round of betting ensues and then the river card is flipped.
The player must attempt to make the best high and low five card hands based on
the board and hole cards.
This is where some players get confused. Unlike
Texas Hold'Em, where the board
can be everyone's hands, in Omaha Hi-Lo the player must use exactly three cards
from the board, and exactly two hole cards. No more, no less. Unlike regular
Omaha, there are two ways a pot can be won: the "high hand" or the "low hand."
A high hand is just want it sounds like. It is the strongest possible hand out
of everyone's, whether that is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It's the same
concept in almost every poker game.
A low hand is more complicated, but really opens up the action. When figuring
out a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. A low hand is the weakest
hand that can be made, with the lowest being A-2-3-4-5. Since straights and
flushes do not count A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest possible hand. The low hand is any
five card hand (unpaired) with an eight and lower. The low hand wins half of the
pot, as does the high hand. When there's no low hand available, the high hand
wins the entire pot.
More Betting Options
While it seems complicated at first, after a few hands you will be able to pick
up on the basic nuances of play easily enough. Since you have people betting for
the low and betting for the high, and since so many cards are in play, Omaha
High-Low offers an amazing array of betting options and because you have several
players shooting for the high, as well as several shooting for the low. If you
like a game with a lot of outs and actions, it is worth your time to play Omaha