Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha 8 or better) is commonly seen as one of the most complex but well-loved poker variations. It is a game that, even more than normal Omaha poker, invites play from every level of players. This is the primary reason why a once obscure variation, has grown in popularity so quickly.
Omaha/8 starts just like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are given out to each player. A round of betting follows where gamblers can bet, check, or fold. 3 cards are handed out, this is known as the flop. A further round of wagering ensues. Once all the players have in turn called or dropped out, a further card is flipped on the turn. a further sequence of wagering ensues and then the river card is flipped. The players must attempt to put together the strongest high and low five card hands based on the board and hole cards.
This is the point where a few entrants often get baffled. Unlike Texas Holdem, where the board can make up everyone’s hand, in Omaha hi-low the player has to use exactly three cards on the board, and precisely 2 hole cards. Not a single card more, not a single card less. Unlike regular Omaha, there are two ways a pot could be won: the "higher hand" or the "low hand."
A high hand is just how it sounds. It is the best possible hand out of every player’s, whether that is a straight, flush, full house, etc. It’s the very same concept in just about every poker game.
The low hand is more complicated, but really free’s up the action. When deciding on a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. the lowest hand is the weakest hand that might be put together, with the lowest being A-2-3-4-5. Since straights and flushes don’t count, A-2-3-4-5 is the worst possible hand. The lower hand is any 5 card hand (unpaired) with an 8 and below. The low hand takes half of the pot, as just like the high hand. When there is no lower hand presented, the high hand wins the whole pot.
It may seem complex initially, following a few hands you will be agile enough to pick up on the basic nuances of the game easily enough. Seeing as you have players wagering for the low and wagering for the high, and since such a large number of cards are in play, Omaha/8 offers an amazing range of wagering choices and seeing that you have many players battling for the high hand, as well as many battling for the low hand. If you enjoy a game with all kinds of outs and actions, it is not a waste of your time to participate in Omaha 8 or better.