Omaha Hi-Lo is a watered down and shortened version of Omaha Holdem that has a huge following both in the casino or poker room as well as in online poker rooms. The rules are fairly simple, but mastering Omaha Hi-Lo takes a bit of persistence and practice. Omaha H/L is neck to neck with standard Omaha in terms of popularity. This game continues to grow at a fast pace. This article will teach you how Omaha 8 or better is played and set-up. For players looking for Omaha Hi-Lo strategy please click on the link.
The Basic Rules of Omaha Hi-Lo
Position in Omaha Hi-Lo works the same way as Omaha and Texas Holdem. The dealer button moves clockwise after each hand. The small blind is the player immediately left of the button and the big blind is left of the small blind. The second player to the left of the dealer is the big blind and bets the big blind.
The dealer will deal each player a total of four hole cards. Two of these cards can be used to create the player’s hand. After the four face down cards are dealt, the action then falls on the person in the seat to the left of the big blind. He/she has a choice of calling, raising or folding. This continues on around the table.
Once bets are completed, the dealer deals three face up cards in the middle, which become the community cards. Players use the community cards to create their best hands. This is called the flop. Another round of betting ensues at this point.
After betting, another face up card is added to the community cards in the table’s middle. This is the turn card. On the turn, a new round of betting takes place, and bets are doubled on the turn. Finally, the last community card is now turned face up in the middle of the table, and is followed by a round of betting. Betting is doubled on this round, which is called the river. After the final round of betting players will show their cards. The player with the lowest five card hand, as long as it is eight or less, will win the low pot and the highest hand the high pot. Players commonly tie for the low hand in which case the low pot will be split between the players who tie.
Things To Remember In Omaha H/L
Omaha Hi-Lo is a split pot game that has a requirement for the low pot; a qualifying low hand means that you have five cards that are all under 8 with no pairs.
An ace counts as the lowest card in such a hand. Straights and flushes do not affect the value of the low hand.
The best low hand in Omaha Hi-Lo is the bicycle, which and Ace through 5 straight.
It is possible to have the lowest hand and highest hand in Omaha Hi-Lo. This is commonly called scooping. Here is an example, you have A-3-4-5-6-7-9 and your opponent has A-2-3-4-8-8-8. You win the low pot with your A-3-4-5-6 and the high hand with your 3-7 straight.