Omaha Hi Lo Tips for Beginners

One of the most popular poker variant, apart from Texas HoldEm, is the Omaha Hi/Lo. This poker variant is also known as the Omaha 8 or better.

How to Play Omaha Hi Lo

When youre playing Omaha Hi/Lo, you need to remember that you will be dealt with four playing cards, and Omaha Hi/Lo is played in the same way as Texas HoldEm. The flop, the turn and the river of Omaha Hi/Lo are dealt in the same way as Texas HoldEm. At the end of the game, each player is expected to receive two dealt cards and three community cards. Whats good about playing Omaha Hi/Lo is that each player can use two different cards for the high hand and the low hand. At the showdown, the pot is distributed to the player with the highest hand, and to the player with the best low hand.

For instance, a player is dealt with two Aces, 2 and 3 and the community card is an Ace, three, four, six and a Jack. In this case, the players high card is the three Aces, the six and the Jack. On the other hand, the players low hand includes the Ace, Two, Three, Four and Six. But keep in mind though that seldom do players get a low hand because it is not typical for the community card board to supply different cards 8 and lower. If this happens, the current pot will go the player with the highest poker hand.

Basic Strategies and Tips of Omaha Hi Lo for Beginners

In playing Omaha Hi/Lo, the main objective is to win both sides of the coin. This means that a player must win both the high hand and the low hand in order to win the pot. The method of taking both sides of the pot is called scooping, so you should be very aware of the cards dealt to you as well as the community cards.

A good starting hand is the key in winning this game. Keep in mind that you initially have foru cards. You will need to make a draw before the flop, so you should make sure that youre keeping the best starting hands. A good starting hand in Omaha Hi/Lo should contain at least one Ace and one low card. If your hand contains two cards of the same suit, then this is an advantage to your part. High hands can preferably be played after the flop, but if it appears after the flop, it should be discarded.

A downside of Omaha Hi/Lo and a great risk for players is when a player shares the same low hand and the same high hand with another player. This is called quartering. If youre at risk of quartering, the best thing to do is exit the game before is too late.