Omaha Hi-Lo – An Introduction


16 Oct , 2008 - Posted by Dan in Omaha Poker
Omaha Hi-Lo

Omaha Hi-Lo

Omaha 8 or Better or Omaha Hi/Lo is a split pot version of the regular Omaha Poker. The rules of both games are relatively the same but with a slight difference. The difference is in Omaha Hi-Lo, the qualifying low hand will be the one to take half of the pot. This qualifying low hand is the one with five cards which are unique; eight or below. The game is played either a pot-limit or a limit fashion. This article will discuss on Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.

In Omaha poker, it is a must to use two cards in your hand and the other three cards from the board. In Omaha Hi-Lo, the player does not have to use the same two cards for both high and low.

In any Poker game, it is a must to have a good starting hand. The main goal of the game is to be able to scoop pots. This happens when the player wins both the high and the low sides of the pot. It is then needed to play hands which would give you a better chance to scoop pots.

In addition, it is recommended to look for cards which are suited and are connected in your hand. It would be better if your suited cards are suited with an ace. Never make it a habit to play any two suited cards.

This type of game is a drawing game. During the course of the game, players will be drawing constantly on either a low, flush, straight or full house. It is then recommended to pay extra attention to what is happening on the board. One important rule in Omaha is that you need to get out of the hand when you are not drawing to the nuts. If and when you are drawing and you see that the board pairs, a full house is more likely to happen and then you would need to get out. If more than one opponent is in the hand and you only have second or third nut low then you need to fold. It is not advisable to play second best hands, it will cost you money.

Quartering means that a player has been tied by another player for one side of the pot. In this Poker game, the tie usually occurs on the low side of the pot. If this happens, the player will only receive one third of the total pot. As you play Omaha Hi-Lo, you will be more familiarized with potential quartering situations.

Here are some situations where there is potential quartering: when more than three players see a flop and when four wheel cards are on the board.

When a player is counterfeited in this game, this would mean that the ability for the player to make low has been eliminated because a card fell on the board. A lot of the players who are beginners would hold on to their hands even after counterfeited. They would still hope to hit a second pair or draw to a weaker low. It is highly recommended that when you get counterfeited, you abandon the hand unless you have to redraw to the nut low or a nut high. Redraw means having a hand that has a possibility to draw to another hand if one had had been counterfeited.

Omaha Hi-Lo is a bit complex than most games. Those solid players usually become winners of the game.

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