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Omaha High Low 8 or Better Play

Omaha Hi Lo, 8 or Better is a fun and exciting variant of the popular standard Omaha Poker. It offers you the player twice the opportunity to scoop the pot however it will more than likely always be split with an other player.

The aim here is not only just to make your best high hand as in Omaha High but also your best low hand. This is done by using your two hole/ pocket cards with three community/board cards (For simplicities sake the terms hole cards and community cards shall be used however either terms offered are equally acceptable). However you are able to construct your two hands, both high and low, from different pocket and community cards respectively.

The best high hand is judged in exactly the same way as in Omaha High, whilst the best low hand is made by having all five cards below the eight card, where the Ace may be used as the lowest value card.

The pot is divided and half is awarded to the person with the strongest low hand and half to the person with the strongest high hand. If this is the same person who holds both of these the whole pot is won by them (referred to as scooping the pot). If there is no player with a qualifying low hand then the player with the strongest high hand again scoops the pot.

Playing Omaha High/ Low (8 or better):

  • Both betting and dealing rotate in a clockwise order. The dealer will be marked by a button. In clockwise order from the dealer are the players who for this round will be the small blind and big blind alternatively. In what is called the pre flop the small blind, if he so chooses must place half the low limit bet without seeing his hand, blind (25cent in a 50cent/$1 Omaha High game) and the big blind must bet the full lowlimit bet (which would be 50cent in a 50cent/$1 game) again without seeing his hand. Note that in the next game the big blind will in turn be the small blind and so on. The benefit to being the dealer in a round is that you are the last to bet and so have the advantage of seeing how the round plays out before committing any of your chips.
  • Once the two blinds have placed their bets each player is given four pocket cards which no other players are able to see. Each player starting from the player immediate to the big blind, following a clockwise order of rotation, then commences a round of bets by placing their bet which must be equal or higher than the set betting low limit (which would be 50cent in a 50cent/$1 game). Each player has the option to call (match the previous bet), fold (quit the round of play) or raise (increase the size of the call bet for the rest of the table) this will be according to how they value their cards and predict the forthcoming flop will work with them.
  • After each player has completed their first round of bets three community cards are then placed in the centre of the table from the deck (referred to as the flop), face up so each player can clearly see them. Each player, again starting with the player who is the big blind, places a bet according to how they fancy their chances according to the card value system explained in our hands section. Again this can either be called, raised or they can choose to fold. Their bet however if placed must be equal or greater than the set betting low limit (which would be 50cent in a 50cent/$1 game).
  • Once the dealer has made the final bet and completes the round a forth community card (referred to as the turn card) is placed face up and another betting round commences. However all bets must now be equal or greater than to the betting high limit (which would be $1 in a 50cent/$1 game).
  • Once this is completed a final community card is placed in the centre of the table which is referred to as the river which then commences the final and ultimate betting round. All bets must still be equal or greater than to the betting high limit (which would be $1 in a 50cent/$1 game).


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