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How to Play Omaha High/Low

How to Play Omaha High/Low
by K. Swope of

Omaha generates some of the biggest pots and action of any poker game. Add in the recipe the ability to make not one winning hand but two, and the chips will start to pile up. The game I’m speaking of is Omaha High/Low. In which the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand.

It’s common to see only nine players at an Omaha table. It is possible to seat ten, but this is done scarcely as players do not like the idea of so many dead cards being dealt.

Omaha uses the small and big blind structure where the two players to the immediate left of the dealer are forced bets known as the small and big blinds, respectively. The blinds vary depending on the level at which you play. It is rare to see any level of Omaha played below $5/$10 increment games at brick and mortar casinos.

To begin a dealer is designated using a disk or button with the two players to the left placing the small and big blinds. Each player is dealt four cards face down known as hole cards. At this time players must decide to call the big blind, raise, or fold their hands. After which the dealer “burns” or discards one card face down and places three cards face up in the middle of the table. These are community cards that each player may use to make the best possible hand.


A round of betting takes place and the dealer again burns one card and places one card face up known as Fourth Street. Players again may bet. The dealer then burns a final card and places the last community card face up commonly named the river. A last round of betting takes place and the remaining players reveal their hands.

In Omaha a player must use two of the four hole cards they hold and three of the five community cards to make the best possible five card hand. In High/Low it is only possible to have a low hand if three of the five community cards have a value of eight or lower. Aces count as both high and low cards when determining hand value. The high hand uses the standard poker scale of a single high card up to a Royal Flush. It is very possible to have both the winning high hand and the winning low hand in Omaha. Players may use two separate cards or use a single card twice for making both hands.

Example player’s cards; AhKh2c8s, community board 3h 9h 6h 8c Tc, this player has both a high and low hand. Ace high flush (Ah Kh 3h 9h 6h) and 8 high low (8c 6h 3h 2c Ah). As the example shows the player used three cards all together to make both hands. The AhKh for the flush and the Ah2c for the 8 high, low hand. With the ability to use the Ace for both the high and low hand; this card, without a doubt, becomes the most important in Omaha High/Low.

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