Online Omaha Hi-Lo
Omaha Hi-Lo is a variation on the standard Omaha Holdem poker game. It is more complex than Omaha High, but offers players a better chance of cleaning out the pot as each round has a high and low-hand winner. Omaha Hi-Lo is offered at most online gaming sites.
How to Play Omaha Hi-Lo
Since there is always a high and low hand winner, Omaha Hi-Lo is a split pot game. That means that to win the entire pot, a player must have both the best high and low-hand hands. “Scooping the pot” is not impossible, but it takes quite a lot of skill and luck to achieve it.
Aces can still be used as high or low cards, but flushes and straights are ignored when creating a low-hand. The “wheel” is the best low-hand possible with A, 2, 3, 4, 5. In addition, it is quite common for low-hand winners to be split between two or more players, making for much smaller winnings.
An important point to note in Hi-Lo is that qualifying for low-hands (using 8 or lower of any suit) depends entirely on the community-cards. Statistically, most rounds will allow for low-hands to be played as well as high-hands, however, sometimes it will just not be possible. For example if the five community-cards are K, 8, 6, 4, A, then low-hands can be played. This is because there are three cards ranked 8 or lower which can be used in conjunction with two of your own. If, however, the five community-cards are K, Q, 10, 5, 3, lower hands cannot be played.
Winning Omaha hands are the same as winning Texas Hold ’em hands, however, a player must be able to incorporate “minimum hands” as well as “premium hands” in order to win an Omaha Hi-Lo round.
Ties occur quite often in Omaha Hi-Lo, especially on low-hands, but because players are betting on both high and low-hands there is a much better chance that the pot will be bigger. Just remember, having four cards in your hand to choose from is not always a blessing, especially in Omaha Hi-Lo. Therefore, being selective and playing for both high and low-hands means that you will always be in with a chance of winning.
Omaha Hi-Lo History
Omaha Hi-Lo is a derivative of Omaha Holdem poker. Unlike Omaha High, Hi-Lo is rarely seen in casinos outside of North America. The origin of the game is somewhat unknown, however it was in Las Vegas, at the Golden Nugget Casino, that Robert Turner introduced what we now know as Omaha poker.