• July 31, 2021

Omaha Hold'em Basics

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Omaha 8/b, also known as Omaha High/Low, Omaha H/L, Omaha Split and more similar names is a split pot game. That is, in many hands, the pot is split between the best high hand and the best low hand.
The game is similar to Hold ‘Em in that each player is dealt cards, there is a round of betting, a 3-card flop is dealt, then a turn card and finally the river, with betting rounds in between and at the end
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The big difference is that each player is dealt four hole cards in Omaha 8/b, as opposed to 2 in Hold ‘Em. Players must combine two and only two of their down cards with three of the cards on the board to make the best five-card hand they can.
The mechanics of the “low” hand, essentially, your low hand is the five lowest unpaired cards in your hand. A player can use 2 different hole cards in making a low hand to the cards he/she uses in making a high hand. To qualify for a low hand, the highest card in the low must be no higher than an 8 – hence the name Omaha 8/b – “Omaha Eight or Better“.
The basic rules of Omaha Poker are:

  • Use 2 and only 2 of your 4 hole cards in making a hand.
  • You can use 2 different hole cards to make your high and low hands

Sources: cardschat.com
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