In Omaha High-Low the high hand winner must split the pot with the player with the best qualifying low hand. There is always a high hand winner but not always a low. For your hand to qualify for low, it must have five denominations no higher than an eight. Any two of your four down cards are played for high and any two are played for low.
Players must play exactly two out of their hands for each direction. Aces are played both high and low. Straights and flushes do not disqualify a hand for low, so a player ending with 5 4 3 2 A would have an unbeatable low hand and a 5 high straight to play for high. A player with this hand would have a good chance of winning both ways. He or she could also have another high hand better than the straight.
The most important thing to keep in mind in split pot games is the big profit difference between winning half the pot and “scooping” it all. It is a lot more than just twice as much. Scooping the pot usually builds a healthy addition to your stack of chips. Getting half usually puts you barely ahead of where you were before you started playing the hand.
Expert Omaha Hi Lo players only play starting hands, like those recommended here, that have a good chance of winning both ways. Omaha is a game of “nuts”. With so many players with so many cards, finding so many reasons to play, a final hand with a fairly good high and a fairly good low can easily get clobbered by better hands both ways.
So after the flop or maybe the turn, if it looks like you don’t have an almost certain winner for one end and a decent shot at the other, or the best high hand with no qualifying low probable, you should usually fold up and wait for the next hand.
Wheel(5 4 3 2 A). Can be played as the lowest possible hand, or a straight for high, or both.Suited Player Hand(s)Two of the players four cards of the same suit.Double Suited Player Hand(s)Two of the players cards of one suit and two of another suit.SetThree of a kind with two of the three in your hand (One in your hand and two on the board is “trips”).Nut HandAn unbeatable high or low hand. Sometimes called a “lock”.Flop, Turn. RiverThe community cards in the order of distribution. See top illustration.ScoopWin both high and low ends of the pot or win it all with a high hand when there is no low.Fast PlayBet, raise and re-raise to get as many other players out as possible.Slow PlayJust check or call along to keep other players in the game and increase the pot odds.Check-foldCheck when you can and fold if you have to call a bet made in front of you.
High Cards – A, K, Q, J, 10
Middle Cards – 9, 8, 7
Low Cards – 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A . . (even though eights and sevens may be used as low hand qualifiers)
These should be automatically folded without any further consideration:
Quads – (including) A A A A
Trip Threes thru Trip Kings – 333X – KKKX
Lowest Card is 4 thru 9 Paired or Unpaired – i.e. 4567, 67QQ, 47JK, 88KK, 9TJQ etc.
The best possible starting hand is AA23(DS). The other starting hands below are randomly listed rather than in power order.
Includes non-suited, suited, paired, and unpaired hands unless otherwise noted.
Trip Aces and a 2 or 3 – AAA2, AAA3
Pair of Aces and Two Low Cards – i.e. AA23, AA44, AA35, AA26, AA66 etc.
A,2 and Anything – A2XX
A,3 and Two Low Cards – i.e. A346, A355, A356, A335 etc.
Any two cards suited unless otherwise noted. Double suited better but not necessary.
Trip Aces and a 4 or 5 Suited – AcAA4c, AdAA5d
Trip Deuces and Ace Suited – 2h22Ah
Pair of Aces and Two High Cards Suited – i.e. AhAXhX, AAXsXs etc.
2,3 and Two Low Cards Suited – i.e. 233c6c, 23c46c etc.
Ace Suited to Anything – AcXXXc
Two High Pair Double Suited – i.e. KhKdQhQd, TcTsJcJs etc.
Four Unpaired Low Cards – i.e. 2c4s5c6s, 3d4h5h6d etc.