Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is commonly seen as one of the most difficult but well-loved poker games. It’s a variation that, even more than regular Omaha poker, invites play from all levels of players. This is the chief reason why a once invisible game, has grown in popularity so amazingly.
Omaha 8 or better starts exactly like a normal game of Omaha. 4 cards are given out to every player. A sequence of wagering ensues in which gamblers can bet, check, or drop out. Three cards are dealt out, this is known as the flop. A further sequence of betting ensues. Once all the gamblers have in turn called or folded, an additional card is flipped on the turn. a further round of betting happens at which point the river card is flipped. The players will have to make the strongest high and low five card hands based on the board and hole cards.
This is where a number of entrants can get baffled. Unlike Texas Holdem, where the board can make up every player’s hand, in Omaha hi/low the player has to use precisely 3 cards on the board, and precisely 2 hole cards. Not a single card more, no less. Contrary to normal Omaha, there are 2 ways a pot may be won: the "high hand" or the "low hand."
A high hand is exactly how it sounds. It’s the best hand out of everyone’s, whether that is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It’s the very same approach in nearly every poker game.
A low hand is more difficult, but really free’s up the action. When deciding on a low hand, straights and flushes don’t count. A low hand is the weakest hand that might be put together, with the lowest value being A-2-3-4-5. Because straights and flushes do not count, A-2-3-4-5 is the smallest value hand possible. The low hand is any five card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and smaller. The low hand wins half of the pot, as just like the higher hand. When there is no lower hand available, the high hand takes the entire pot.
Although it seems complex initially, following a couple of hands you will be agile enough to pick up on the basic nuances of play with ease. Seeing as you have people betting for the low and wagering for the high, and since such a large number of cards are being used at the same time, Omaha/8 offers an amazing collection of betting options and seeing that you have many players trying for the high hand, as well as many battling for the low hand. If you like a game with a plethora of outs and actions, it’s not a waste of your time to participate in Omaha hi/low.