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Omaha Hi Lo Rules
Omaha Hi/Lo Strategy
In Omaha High-Low the highest hand winner splits the pot with the
player with the best low hand. There is always a high hand winner but
not always a low hand winner. For your hand to qualify for low it must
have five cards 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 two cards from their hands in 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 and he or she can also
have another high hand better than the straight. An important thing to
keep in mind in split pot games is the big difference between winning
half the pot and "scooping" it all.
It is much more than twice as much since scooping the pot builds a
healthy addition to your stack of chips. Getting half often only puts
you only slightly ahead of where you were before you started playing
the hand. Expert Omaha Hi Lo players only play starting hands, like
those that have a good chance of winning both ways.
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 if after the flop it looks
like you don't have a fairly 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 and wait for the next hand.