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Omaha High/Low Introduction

Omaha Hi Lo (also reffered to as 'Omaha 8 or better') is the split pot variant of Omaha poker. Like Omaha High the player must use any combination of 2 holecards and 3 community cards to create their hands.

The difference lies in the dual pot aspect, because players can win on a high or/and low hand players are always raising, it makes a very exciting game with large pots.

Playing Omaha Hi Lo

The game of Omaha Hi Lo plays much like Omaha High but it's important to remember that players can use different combinations of their hole & community cards for their high and low hands.

High hand
The high hand is played just like normal Omaha High where the highest hand wins.

Low hand
In order to qualify for the low hand a player has to have a 5 card hand with different numerical values from Ace-8 (Ace being the lowest). The winning low hand goes to the player with the lowest high card. i.e. 2,4,5,6,7 would be better than A,2,4,6,8 (n.b. Flushes & Straights don't count). In the case of a tie, the players share the low pot.

If no one qualifies for the low hand than the winner of the high hand takes all.

Examples

1.
Player's pocket cards
Community cards

The best high hand is 3 of a kind (Aces).
The low hand of A,2,3,4,6 can be made (using a Ace & 3 from the pocket cards).

2.

Player's pocket cards
Community cards

The best high hand is 3 of a kind (Aces).
Note that the straight of A,K,Q,J,10 can't be made has the player can only use 2 of their hole cards.
A low hand is impossiable in this example as there aren't three cards 8 or lower.

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