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Counterfeited Lows in Omaha Hi-Lo

Counterfeited Lows in Omaha Hi-Lo

by Chad Holloway of

The hardest part of Omaha Hi-Lo for most players is recognizing whether or not they have a low hand. Although the rule that there must be three non-paired cards eight or lower on the board for there to be a qualifying low hand is simple, the many board combinations that come up can be confusing and make a low hand hard to distinguish. In Championship Omaha, T.J. Cloutier describes an example:

"Another big mistake that Omaha high-low players make is not reading their hand correctly when they get counterfeited for low. A player might have an A-2-4-7 in his hand, for example, and A-5-8 comes on the board. Since the ace is showing on the board, he thinks he's been counterfeited. As simple a mistake as this is, it is very common. I think that people who have problems reading the board should practice at home with difficult flops."


In the above example, even though the player's ace was counterfeited, he still had a low; in this case, he would have a low hand of A-2-4-5-8. In fact, this would be the second nut low behind 2-3. The danger with low hands is the potential to get counterfeited. Imagine the turn card in the above example is a 4. Does the player still have a low? If so, what is it? The answer is yes, he actually has an A-2-4-5-7 low; however, this low is no longer as powerful. Any 2-3, 2-6, or 3-6 is a better low.

With a hand like A-2-4-X, you don't have to worry as much about being counterfeited because your A-2 has another low to fall back on, in this case the four. Technically the seven counts as well, but it is rare that a seven low will win the pot. This is what makes hands such as A-2-3-X, A-2-4-X, A-2-3-4, A-2-5-X, A-3-4-X, and A-3-4-5 so powerful.

Another set of quality hands include A-2-K-Q double suited, A-2-K-K, and A-A-2-K. These combinations give you a great shot at both the high and low, but are easily counterfeited. For instance, imagine you hold A-2-K-Q and the flop comes 3-4-K. This gives you top pair with top kicker for the high and the nut low draw, not a bad position to be in. You patiently wait for the turn which is a Queen. This is a great card as it gives you top two pair with a nut low draw.

After someone bets and there are a few callers, you decide to call and see the river. Unfortunately for you, an ace hits on the river! This counterfeits your low draw as you paired the ace, and now you have no low. Do you see why? Since you need five non-paired cards eight or lower, that paired ace counterfeits your hand.

On top of this, you now have a high hand that is easily defeated. Although kings and queens isn't a terrible hand, it is now beaten by any set, J-10, A-3, A-4, A-K, and 2-5.

In Omaha hi-lo chances are at least one player in the hand will hold one of those combinations. As you can see, it is extremely easy for a hand to go from premium to useless in Omaha hi-lo based on each and every card. Being able to recognize how you can be counterfeited, and when you actually do, is crucial to your success and is something you should always be on the lookout for.

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