For those new to the game of Omaha Poker, it is easiest to understand it as a variation of Hold ‘Em, which is a form that has changed the tables a bit. To begin with, a player will get 4 cards facing down prior to the flop in this game and must use 2 out of the hand received, combining these with 3 from the community so he or she can form the best 5 card poker hand possible.
After this move, the player is required to either throw in 8 or better the hi-low variable so that all poker players in the game are issued a challenge at every level.
It pays to remember that Omaha poker is a 9 card poker form that requires the player to the left of the blinds starting the first round of betting. Players can bet, check or raise if they continue in the game (that is, if they don’t fold their cards).
Also, in Omaha poker, all the community cards are placed bang in the center of the poker table in much the same manner as they are processed during a Texas Hold’em game, followed by betting post every round.
One the final round of betting is over, the players still in the game need to show their tags and only those who have a winning low hand will qualify to the next stage. For this, the qualifying players need to have 5 cards each with a value of 8 or less than that, minus a pair using two cards + 3 from the board.
Those with a straight or a flush will be allowed to use this for the low hand provided their hand is 8 or below as mentioned previously. The game can be decided with for a high hand, which wins the pot or if the winning hand is low, the pot may be split too.
Also, in the Omaha Hi/Lo , it is a random selection by the dealer button that determines the start position with two blinds posted to the button’s left. Remember that the small blind needs to be equal to half that of thee small fish while the big blind should equal any small fish. This action ensures both blinds are live and pot can be raised.
Nearing showdown, the best 5 card hand needs to be made using 2 cards from the player’s hand and three from the board; for high and low, it is acceptable to use different cards.
So, if a player wants to achieve a low level with this guideline, the Ace should be positioned low, otherwise it is the high hand that will win the pot.
It should be noted that a wheel (like Ace-2-3-4-5) can only be made in a low hand, in which case, neither a straight nor a flush will be counted against the player holding this hand. Furthermore, in the Omaha Poker game, the odd chip goes to the left of the buttons of both high and low pot chip.