Omaha is a variation of Texas Hold’em. The way the game works, players end up playing more hands, further down the board creating larger pots. In texas hold em you start with two cards face down. However, in Omaha, you receive 4 cards face down. You must use two of your four cards to create the best five-card hand. It’s just like texas hold em, except you get an extra two cards. Remember you can only use 2 of your four cards.
Betting in Omaha Poker
Just like texas hold em, there are variations on the different betting limits for Omaha.
- Pot Limit
- No Limit
Omaha Hi-Low Poker
What is Omaha Hi/Low Poker?
Omaha Hi/Low is a variation of Omaha. The difference between Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi/Low is that now you can win the pot by having the low hand. You can only make a low hand if 3 cards on the board are equal to 8 or fewer. Then the best low hand wins. The best possible low hand would be a straight wheel flush (A2345). In Hi/Low you can win the hi and the low taking the whole pot. Often pots are split between the high hand and the low hands. Pots tend to get even bigger than in Omaha Hi. If the player with the low is halfway smart they are going to bet as much and as often as possible, because they are guaranteed at least half the pot.
Omaha hi/low is often referred to and spelled like this: hi/lo
Betting in Omaha Hi/Low Poker
Just like texas hold em, there are variations on the different betting limits for Omaha Hi/Low.