High-Low is a popular variant of Omaha. In this
game you receive four pocket cards (or ‘hole
cards’) face down which belong only to you.
Five community cards are dealt face up on the
‘board’. Your object is to obtain
the best 5 cards using ‘exactly 2 of your
pocket cards and 3 board cards’ to make
up a high and a low hand. In this variation, the
best hand and the worst hand each get half of
the pot. It is possible for you to win both the
high and the low pot with a different combination
of cards. Of the five cards used in a low hand,
an 8 is the highest-ranking card you can use...as
is why it’s commonly called ‘8 or
better’. The lowest high card determines
the best ranked low hand, Click
Here for Hand Rankings.
In Omaha, the “button” is passed to
the next player to the left before the start of
each hand. This is done to indicate the ‘Dealer’
for the hand and all action is initiated by the
buttons position. The player to the immediate
left of the button posts the “small blind”
(or ‘SB’), typically half of the small
bet (this would be $5 in a $10/$20 game). The
player to the immediate left of the SB posts the
“big blind” (or BB), which is always
the full small bet ($10 in a $10/$20 game). Once
the blinds are posted, all players are dealt their
4 pocket cards. Betting action proceeds around
the table clockwise, starting with the player
to the immediate left of the BB.
‘flop” is dealt face-up on the board
and consists of the first three community cards
to be used by all active players. The second round
of betting begins with the first active player
to the immediate left of the button.
bet and raise amounts in these first two rounds
of betting are in increments of the small bet
($10 in a $10/$20 game).
‘turn’ is the forth community card
to be dealt face up on the board after the completion
of the ‘flop’ betting round. Again,
betting begins with the first active player to
the immediate left of the button.
‘river’ card is the fifth and final
community card dealt face up on the board. And
you guessed it, betting begins with the first
active player to the immediate left of the button.
that more than one player remains active in the
hand after the completion of the last betting
round, the ‘showdown’ now takes place
to declare the winner(s). The last bet or raise
on the river card must show their hand first.
If the river card was checked by all players,
the active player to the immediate left of the
button shows their hand first.
‘use exactly 2 of your pocket cards and
3 board cards to make up your hand’.
player with the highest 5 card hand wins half
the pot, and the player with the best hand for
low takes the other half. In the event of identically
ranked hands, the high and low pots will be divided
equally and awarded to the players with the best
hands. Any left over difference is awarded to
the player nearest the dealers left. If no hand
qualifies for low, the best hand(s) for high wins
that the pot has been awarded, the hand is complete
and the dealer button is passed to the next player
to the immediate left and a new hand begins.