Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is often times seen as one of the most complicated but popular poker games. It’s a variation that, even more than regular Omaha poker, aims for action from all levels of players. This is the main reason why a once irrelevant variation, has grown in acceptance so amazingly.
Omaha/8 begins just like a normal game of Omaha. Four cards are given out to every player. A round of wagering ensues where players can bet, check, or fold. Three cards are dealt out, this is known as the flop. One more round of betting happens. Once all the players have either called or dropped out, another card is flipped on the turn. an additional round of betting follows and then the river card is revealed. The entrants will need to put together the strongest high and low five card hands using the board and hole cards.
This is the point where some entrants often get confused. Contrasted to Holdem, in which the board can be everyone’s hand, in Omaha Hi-Lo the player has to use precisely three cards on the board, and precisely 2 cards from their hand. Not a single card more, not a single card less. Unlike regular Omaha, there are 2 ways a pot could be won: the "high hand" or the "low hand."
A high hand is exactly what it sounds like. It is the best possible hand out of everyone’s, it doesn’t matter if it is a straight, flush, full house. It’s the very same concept in nearly all poker games.
The lower hand is more complicated, but certainly free’s up the play. When determining a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. A low hand is the weakest hand that might be put together, with the worst being made up of A-2-3-4-5. Seeing as straights and flushes don’t count, A-2-3-4-5 is the smallest value hand possible. The lower hand is any five card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and lower. The low hand wins half of the pot, as does the higher hand. When there’s no lower hand presented, the higher hand takes the entire pot.
It may seem complicated at the outset, after a couple of hands you will be agile enough to get the fundamental subtleties of play simply enough. Since you have people wagering for the low and wagering for the high, and since so many cards are in play, Omaha 8 or better provides an overwhelming collection of betting choices and seeing that you have several individuals shooting for the high, and a few battling for the low hand. If you love a game with a considerable amount of outs and actions, it is not a waste of your time to participate in Omaha/8.