Main Rules of Omaha Hi/Lo

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Omaha Hi/Lo

In Omaha Hi/Lo, the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand – if there is a qualifying low hand. To qualify as a low hand, no card in the combined five card hand can be over 8 or be a pair. Ace can be used in both the low and high hand. If more than one low hand qualifies, the hand with the lowest high card will win. This means that the hand 7,5,4,2,A beats 8,4,3,2,A. If the high cards are the same, the next card is compared. It is possible for one player to win both the high and low hand. The low hand is allowed to be a flush or a straight. The best possible low hand is 5,4,3,2,A. If there is no qualifying low hand, the high hand wins the whole pot.

General Rules of Omaha Hi/Lo

Available betting structures of Omaha Hi/Lo

Limit of Omaha Hi/Lo

In structured limit games, all bets/raises are a set amount. The only valid bet/raise is the current limit, for example $5 on the first two rounds and $10 in the last two rounds in a $5-$10 Hold’em game. There may be a maximum of 4 bet/raises in a round of betting. This includes a bet, raise, re-raise and a cap.

No-Limit of Omaha Hi/Lo

In no-limit, a valid bet/raise must be at least the current limit and the last bet/raise. No higher limit is available, other than the amount of chips that the player has at the table. No maximum number of raises exists.

Pot-Limit of Omaha Hi/Lo

In pot-limit, the valid bet/raise must be at least the current limit and the last bet/raise. A pot-limit bet/raise may be maximum the value of the pot, plus all bets at the table including the current players call. No maximum number of raises exists.

The Betting Round of Omaha Hi/Lo

Check of Omaha Hi/Lo

If no player has placed a bet or if the player is on an un-raised big blind, the player has the alternative to check. That means declining to bet, but retaining the option to remain in the hand if someone else bets, or even to call or raise if someone else bets. A player can not “check” if someone else has placed a bet. If another player bets after a check, the checking player is forced to either call, raise or fold.

Fold of Omaha Hi/Lo

A player always has the option to fold. When a player folds his hand he is no longer in the game until the next hand.

Call of Omaha Hi/Lo

A player has the option to call when another player has placed a bet. When the player calls, he puts in the same amount as the bet in the pot and the betting round is ended unless another player raises.

Bet of Omaha Hi/Lo

If no one else has placed a bet, the player can bet himself. A bet will force the other players to either call, raise or fold. The amount of the bet depends on the betting structure.

Raise of Omaha Hi/Lo

The player has the option to raise another player’s bet. The player then raises to an amount higher than the bet, which forces the other players to either call, re-raise or fold.

Pokerhand ranking of Omaha Hi/Lo

The pokerhands are ranked according to the following:

1. Royal Straight Flush

The best possible straight flush. Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit.

2. Straight flush

Cards of five consecutive ranks, all of the same suit.

3. Four of a kind

Four cards of any one rank, and any other card.

4. Full house

Three cards of one rank, and two cards of a second rank.

5. Flush

Five cards of the same suit that doesn’t make a straight.

6. Straight

Cards of five consecutive ranks when not all five are of the same suit.

7. Three of a kind

Three cards of the same rank and two unrelated cards.

8. Two pairs

Two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and a fifth unrelated card.

9. One pair

Two cards of the same rank and three other unrelated cards.

10. High card

Five unrelated cards – no pair, no flush, no straight. Nothing but the highest card.

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