Omaha Hold’em’ Hi, commonly referred to simply as Omaha Hi, is a community card poker game played with a standard 52 card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are utilized.
Omaha Hold’em Hi is played with four hole cards + five community cards. By hole cards, we mean the four cards that you are dealt at the start of the game. You are allowed to look at your hole cards, but you should not let other players know what they are. The community cards are dealt face-up on the table.
Basically, a round of Omaha Hold’em Hi goes like this: Everyone get their hole cards and look at them. A round of betting follows. Three community cards are dealt. A round of betting follows. The fourth community card is dealt. A round of betting follows. The fifth community card is dealt. A final round of betting follows. If more than one player is still in the game (i.e. haven’t folded their hand) a showdown takes place. During showdown, the remaining players show their hands and the player with the highest (valid) hand wins the pot.
If you have played Texas Hold’em before, you recognize the basic structure here. However, forming a winning poker hand in Omaha Hi is very different from forming one in Texas Hold’em. In Texas Hold’em, you can form you hand any way you want. Use only your two hole card, use one hole card and four community cards, etc. When playing Omaha Hi, your final hand – the one that is compared to the other player hands – must consist of two of your hole cards + three community cards.
Other types of Omaha
Omaha Hi is usually the first version of Omaha a beginner learns to play. Once you know how to play Omaha Hi, you can branch out and explore other Omaha version. There are for instance the French Courchevel, the Pot Limit Six Card Omaha which is popular in offline casinos in Great Britain, and the Pot Limit Five Card Omaha (also known as Big O and 5-O) that is played in casinos along the costs of southern United States.
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Here are a few suggestions of Omaha version that can be found both online and offline:
Omaha Hi/Low split 8 or better
When you play this version of Omaha, your goal is to form one five-card high hand and one five-card low hand. If your low hand contains a nine or higher, it doesn’t qualify as low hand and can not win anything.
The pot is split in two, with one half going to the player with the lowest low hand and the other half going to the player with the highest high hand. (Sometimes, this is the same person.)
If no low hand qualifies, the entire pot goes to the player with the highest high hand.
Omaha Hi/Low split 8 or better is usually played as fixed limit.
Omaha Hi/Low split 7 or better
This version of Omaha is just like Omaha Hi/Low split 8 or better, but your low hand can not contain an eight or higher. If it contains an eight or higher, it doesn’t qualify.
Omaha Hi/Low split 9 or better
This version of Omaha is just like Omaha Hi/Low split 8 or better, but your low hand qualifies as long as the highest card is not higher than 9. If it contains a ten or higher, it doesn’t qualify.