The Easy 8-Step Process to Mastering Omaha Hi-Lo

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Ready for a roller coaster ride? There's nothing like Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or more) to get the poker game rolling. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a fixed limit or pot limit game. It's full of crazy action and big pots that will take your breath away.

Just as in Hold"emThere are four betting rounds and the pot is split 50/50. Low and high hands are split equally! With two ways to win and four starting cards (instead of the usual two), players can make a lot of combinations and win huge prizes.

Want to know how to play? Follow 888poker's Omaha High Roll Rules Guide and you'll be picking up pots like a pro in no time!


Table Positions in Omaha Hi-Lo

At regular Omaha Hi-Lo 9 Max tables, the positions are exactly the same as at Texas Hold'em. Two bets are required, a small bet and a big bet, and games are usually played with a pot limit or a fixed limit. In pot-limit games, the pot can be large. Therefore, even if the player to the immediate left of the BB is the first to act before the flop, he may face an all-in when the hand comes back into play.

Newbie Tip:As with hold'em, position is very important when deciding which hand to play.


Poker Hand Rankings

As in hold'em, the best high hand in Omaha high-low is a royal flush. However.split-pot formatTherefore, low deadlines should also be taken into account. Low hands are ranked based on the eight lowest cards in the deck (from eights to aces). The best low hand is 5-4-3-2-A . Two of the first four cards and three community cards should be used, but different cards may be used for Hi and Lo.

Newbie Tip:Play A-A-2-3 double bars and give yourself a chance to win. This hand is considered the best starting hand in theOmaha Hi-Lo strategy.


Pre-Flop Action

The player to the left of the big blind (also known as the player under the gun (UTG)) starts the hand. He folds (no play), calls (calls the previous bet or raise) or raises (increases the current bet amount). In a fixed limit Omaha Hi-Lo game, the bet amount is set to the lower of the two limit bets of the pre-flop table. Action continues clockwise until all players have had their chance. If no raise occurs, the big bet may be checked.

Newbie Tip:In this split pot game, choose a starting hand that gives you low and high combinations. 100% of the pot is won.


Post-Flop Action

After the pre-flop betting, the first of the three community cards, called the flop, is dealt. All active players in that hand can use the flop to form their hand. In a fixed limit game, the bets are set at the lower limit. In Pot Limit, this is the same as on all streets. The minimum bet is equal to the size of the big blind and the maximum bet is equal to the size of the pot at that moment. The first active player to the left of the button starts the second betting round. Action continues clockwise until each player has an opportunity.

Newbie Tip:According to the Omaha Hi-Lo rules, aces can be used for both high and low hands.


Post-Turn Action

Next up is the fourth overall Turn card. This card can also be used by all active players. From this point on.Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi-LoBetting limits are increased to a maximum bet, which is usually twice the minimum bet. As in previous rounds, players can check, bet, call (if the bet is accepted), raise (if the bet is accepted) or fold.

Newbie Tip:Fixed limit bets double the bet, which is a great opportunity to get a big pot by raising.


Post-River Action

The River is the last community card available to all players. The other players in the hand have exactly the same options as on the flop or turn: they can check, bet, call (if there is a bet), raise (if there is a bet) or fold, depending on the action before the hand.

Newbie Trivia: The Omaha Hi-Lo name 8 or betteris based on the fact that, as a condition for a low hand, five cards with eights or more, from eights to aces, must overlap!


Scooping at Showdown

The Showdownis the crown of Omaha Hi-Lo. This happens when more than one player has an active hand. In this phase, each player must make a high and a low hand with any two of their four hole cards and three of their five community cards. The best low hand gets half the pot and the best high hand gets the other half.

Newbie Tip:If you have the best hand of Hi and Lo at showdown, take the pot. That's 100% of your stack.


It's Omaha Hi-Lo Vs. Texas Hold'em!

If Holdem is the carefree and unencumbered youngster of poker, Omaha Hi-Lo is his crazy aunt or uncle. He is the one who was always lining his pockets with chocolates and sweets when his parents weren't looking. Despite this, Omaha Hi-Lo has been on the rise in recent years and has four good finishes at the 2015 WSOP Las Vegas.

Here are just a few differences that make Omaha Hi-Lo so special:

  • Instead of two cards, there are four.
  • Even if there are four hole cards, you only need to use two cards to make a hand.
  • You cannot "play the board" - you must use not one, not three, not four, but two of the four cards hidden.
  • There are 2 ways to win – with a high hand and/or a low hand.
  • Omaha Hi-Low players seem much wilder and crazier than No Limit Hold'em players (but don't quote us!). .

Click here for the official Omaha High-Low Rules;click here.