If you know Omaha Hold'Em Poker, you can very simply learn the rules of Omaha Hi-Low Poker as well. Read this article and get ready to play Hi-Lo!

Omaha Hi-Lo rules

As with other variations of Omaha poker games, you are required to use exactly two of the four hole cards you are dealt, to build the best possible 5 card hand, whether hi or low.

It is possible for you to win both high and low in the game.

In the event of this situation, you win the entire pot. This is what is referred to in the game, as a "Scoop".

Omaha Hi/Lo objective

You can use different combinations of cards from your 'hole cards' and from the community cards on the board.

Of the four hole cards dealt, you may only use two of them to build the best possible ranking hand in one, or both the high ranking hand, and the low ranking hand.

Of the five community cards on the board, you may only use 3 of the 5 in combination with the two hole cards to be played.

The game is played with a qualifier of 8 or better, meaning that the 5 cards used to build your best possible lowest hand must consist of cards ranking 8 or lower to be eligible to win the low pot.

If none of the players in the game hold a qualifying low hand, the player holding the highest ranking hand of cards wins the whole pot.

Similar to the Ace-to-Five Lowball poker game, straights and flushes are ignored. The Ace card is the lowest card you can get for the low hand, making the best possible low hand, called a 'Wheel', the combination of the 5–4–3–2–A cards.

Rules for playing Omaha Hi/Lo

Omaha Hi/Lo uses a dealer button to determine the order of play. For every hand played, the dealer button moves around the table in a clockwise direction, giving each player at the table a chance to be the dealer, the small blind, and the big blind.

The small blind and the big blind are two forced bets that are made before any cards are dealt, at the start of the game.

The player sitting to the left of the button posts the small blind bet, and the player sitting to the left of the small blind posts the big blind bet. A wide selection of table stakes and betting structures are available for playing Omaha Hi/Lo, so the size of both blind bets will vary.

Hole Cards

Each player at the table is dealt four "Hole Cards". Hole cards are cards that are dealt to each player facing down. The only player at the table that will know what these cards are, is the player to whom they are dealt.

Betting action moves clockwise around the table, starting with the player "under the gun" (sitting to the big blind's left).

Pre-Flop

The player "under the gun" has the option to fold, call, or raise. Betting continues on each round of betting until all active players have placed equal bets in the pot.

The Flop

Once the first betting round is completed, the flop cards are dealt to the community board facing up. The "Flop" cards are the first three community cards shared between the players at the table. Betting begins with the active player to the left of the button/dealer.

The second round of betting takes place. In Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, the bets and raises on the flop are in the amount of the small bet, for example, 2€ in a 2€/4€ game.

The Turn

When the flop round of betting is completed, the "Turn" card is dealt facing up on the board. This is the fourth community card in Omaha Hi/Lo. Starting with the first active player to the left of the button, another betting round takes place.

In Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, bets and raises on the turn are in the amount of the big bet, for example, 4€ in a 2€/4€ game.

The River

When the turn round of betting is completed, the 'River' card is dealt facing up on the board, making up the entire group of five community cards shared between the players.
This is the last card to be dealt. Starting with the first active player to the left of the button, the final betting round takes place.

The Showdown

When the final round of betting completes, if more than one player remains, the last person to act will be required to reveal their cards, unless there was no bet placed during the final round. If there were no bets placed, the player to the left of the button is required to be the first to reveal their cards.

The player who holds the best 5 card poker hand with the highest ranking wins half the pot, and the player who holds the best 5 card poker hand with the lowest ranking wins the other half.

In all Omaha games, players are restricted to using only 2 of their 4 hole cards, and only 3 cards from the board. If there is a tie, the high and low shares of the pot is divided 50/50 between the winning players.

A new Omaha Hi/Lo game begins, and the button moves clockwise to the next player.

Last update: 30-09-2019