Omaha Hi-Lo

Omaha Hi/Lo is a split pot game, it is sometimes referred to as Omaha 8 or better.

The player with the highest hand splits the pot with the player with the lowest hand (if there is a qualifying low hand – which is a 5 card hand with no cards higher than 8).

In Omaha you must use two cards from your hand, therefore there must be three cards on the board that are eight or lower.

If no player has a qualifying low hand, the player with the highest hand wins.

The game Omaha Hi/Lo is played the same as Omaha with the following additional rules:

Low Hand An ace is either high or low. When making a low hand, a flush or straight is ignored. This means that the lowest possible hand is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 –Otherwise known as a wheel.

If two players have the same low hand, they will split the low half of the pot. This is known as getting quartered since they only win a quarter of the pot.

Scooping the Pot The perfect situation in Omaha Hi/Lo is to have both the highest and lowest hands. You can use any combination of the 4 cards in your hand to make the high and low hands. The other way to scoop the pot is for there to be no low hand.

Counterfeited You must use 2 cards from your hand. If one of your low cards is repeated on the board, your hand will be counterfeited. Eg – your hand 2, 3. The board, Ace, 3, 4, 5, J Low hand cannot be made because the 3 is paired on the board.