Omaha Hi/Lo Poker Tournaments

Omaha Hi Low is another exciting poker game that is offered to players of Betway Poker and is another of those classic poker games you will want to play time and time again.

Omaha Hi-Lo is a one of the better variations of Omaha and it has the same rules as Omaha but it does have some slight differences that poker players need to be aware of, so to help you decide if this is the game for you we shall now list those differences.

As a Omaha Hi Low player you are permitted to use any combination of your two hole cards and any of the three Boardcards for your High Hand along with another combination or even the same combination of two hole cards and three boardcards to make up your Low hand.

The players who have the best ranked High and Low hands will split the pot.Play Omaha hi/lo online To win the Low hand you have to have a total of five unpaired cards that have a total of eight or lower. In the unlikely event of there being nolow hand then the high hand will win the entire pot.

Omaha Hi Low is a fantastic game to play and one that will make you use your maximum skill and judgement at all time to make those high and low hand and for those of you who love using their strategy and skill to the maximum then how about getting yourself over to our highly rated poker room and claiming their whopping $5000 new player bonus, it is one hell of a mage deal and can only be found at Betway Poker.

In the last few years, the game of Omaha has taken on a cult status of sorts. A devoted group of players, among amateurs and professionals, has adopted this close relative of Texas Hold ‘Em, taking it from the outer tables of tournaments into the spotlight.

But there is an even tighter group among Omaha players who spend most of their time with an interesting form of Omaha poker called Omaha Hi/Lo or in some cases, Omaha Eight or Better. (The guidelines and final results depend on particular rules set from the beginning.) In Omaha Hi/Lo, players still use two, and not more than two, of their hole cards, in combination with three community cards. However, as poker pro Bobby Baldwin and Hi/Lo expert Mark Gregorich explain in their chapter on Omaha Eight or Better in Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2 book, players can use different cards to make a high hand and a low hand, or they can use a card for both the high and low hands. These are the fundamental guidelines found in every other “Omaha 101” book or video.

Omaha Poker

The great game of Omaha is rapidly becoming the second-most popular among poker varieties, behind only Texas Hold ‘Em. In fact, basic Omaha is a very close relative of Texas Hold ‘Em, with the fundamental difference being that players have four hole cards (sometimes known as pocket cards). Perhaps the best way to get to the heart of Omaha Hi/Lo is to walk through a typical Omaha hand, adding the Hi/Lo element when necessary.

Here’s a typical “hand” or round in Omaha:

The player to the left of the dealer puts out a bet called the small blind. This is a required bet for that player. The next player to the left puts out the big blind, which is usually double the small blind. For example, Player 1 puts out a $1 chip and Player 2 puts out a $2 chip. (Keep in mind that the “dealer” position moves around the table to the left and the blinds (required bets) move as well.

Each player is dealt four hole cards (instead of two as in Hold ‘Em). Player 1 has the option to fold, bet or raise based on the amount of the blinds. Players cannot check in this round, since there are bets on the table. Three raises are usually allowed in the round.

The three community cards are dealt, face up in the middle of the table. This is the flop. This is also where Omaha Hi/Lo starts to get interesting. For example, suppose that a player has the Ace of hearts and the 6 of hearts among his four hole cards. If two or three of the flop cards on the board are hearts, the player will start looking at a heart flush to win the high hand part of the pot. In addition, if the player has the Ace of hearts and a 2 of any suit, for example, and the community cards are low, such as the 4, 5 and 6, the player has the opportunity to win the low hand with A, 2, 4, 5, 6. It is here that the “Eight or Better” factor comes into play. Quality high hands are considered hands that contain four big cards, 9 or higher.

Players can then check, fold, call or raise. In the next round, one card is dealt face up next to the flop cards. This has come to be called “the turn.” Another round of betting follows.

In the last round, the final community card is dealt face up. This card has come to be called “the river.” A final round of betting follows. Players who have stayed in the hand use two of their pocket cards and the five shared cards to make their best five-card hand, selecting from their best five low cards and their best five high cards.

The winning hand must include two of the player’s hole cards and three of the community cards. The player with the best hand gets the pot, unless two players have equal hands. The pot is then split evenly.

These basic instructions are just the start when it comes to success at poker in general or any of the game’s varieties. Omaha’s slight difference from Texas Hold ‘Em is a great example of how a player must know more than how to bet and how to read a hand. First of all, the introduction of two extra hole cards is a detail that keeps many players from becoming experts at Omaha, when they are already accomplished players in Hold ‘Em, Seven-Card Stud or another game. Toss in a high hand-low hand element and you have a complex, fascinating and sometimes frustrating version of poker, the age old table game.

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