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Omaha Hi Lo Poker

Omaha Hi-Lo looks similar to Texas Holdem, but it is actually a much different game. Omaha Hi-Lo is a split pot game.

Omaha Hi-Lo, also referred to as Omaha 8, is a game in which you get get four hole cards instead of two. In Omaha Hi-Lo you must use exactly two cards from your hand and three from the board. It is important to remember when playing Omaha Hi-Lo that in order to qualify for the low half of the pot, the low hand must be 8,7,6,5,4 or lower.

You have to remember that reading your hand and the board is not an easy thing to do in Omaha. Even the best players make mistakes. There are a lot more possibilities in Omaha and everyone is drawing to something. You want to remember that strong starting hands are ones that work together.

You are not just playing for the high hand in Omaha Hi-Lo, but you are playing for the low end too. A hand that has AKQ would be strong but so would A23. You have to realize in Omaha Hi-Lo that the true goal is to scoop the pot. That means take both the high and the low. If the flop doesn't favor your hand then you immediately have lost a shot at one side.

You don't want to be playing mid-range cards as starting hands; you want cards on either the high or the low end. We know that goal is to scoop the pot so the hands you really want are something like AK23 or similar. You have to remember that as with regular Omaha, pairs rarely win.

You also have to remember that just because you have the high hand doesn't mean you have the low hand.  Starting hands are probably more important in Omaha Hi-Lo than in any other poker game. If you stay with quality starting hands you have a huge advantage over everyone else.

Remember that you really don't want to stay in after the flop if you are not drawing to the nuts in at least one direction. You must be much more selective and patient in Omaha Hi-Lo than in any other poker game. Stick with only the strong starting hands and realize that everyone else is probably going to play nearly everything.

Let them lose their money while you scoop the pots. That is the goal in Omaha Hi-Lo and it is something you can do if you are patient and disciplined.