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Basic Rules for Omaha

Omaha Hi-lo is a Poker game in which each player receives four cards as their initial hand. Each player MUST use a specific combination of five cards: any two out of their hand and any three from the board (community cards) to form the best five-card Poker hand and also the best five-card low hand.


Blind and Betting Structure

The blind and betting structure for Omaha Hi-lo follows the rules of Limit Hold’em. See the Hold’em section for a general description.


Things To Know About Omaha Hi-lo

  • A specific combination of cards must be used in Omaha Hi-lo to make the best hand.
  • Omaha Hi-lo will usually be played with a qualifier for the low hand, meaning in order for a low hand to qualify, it must contain five non- paired cards all lower than a predetermined rank. If no low hand qualifies, for example, Eight or better, then the pot is won by the best high hand only.
  • In Omaha Hi-lo each player may compete for and win both the Hi and the Lo hands.
  • The same card(s) from your hand may be used The same card(s) from your hand may be used for both Hi and Lo hands, or a different card may be used to form the two different hands.


Game Variations

No Limit: No Limit Poker is a structure in which there is no limit on the betting amounts. A player may, at any time, bet their table’s stakes. As with limit games, there are blinds/antes that start the action.

Pot Limit: Similar to No Limit, Pot Limit structure means that a player may bet up to an equal amount that is already in the pot of that hand.