Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Omaha Hi/Lo), a game for between 2-10 players, has gained popularity, both in the US and abroad, due to its highly challenging game play and many facetted game rules.
A hand of Omaha Hi/Lo consists of up to four Betting Rounds. After the placing of the Blind Bets (see The Blind Bets below), each player receives four private, facedown "Pocket Cards". Throughout the hand, five face-up "Community Boardcards" are placed in the centre of the table, to be shared by all the players.
After the fourth and final Betting Round is complete, there is a "Showdown". The two players that create the highest and lowest (with no card higher in value than eight) ranking (valued), five card, Poker hands, using any combination of two of their four Pocket Cards and any three of the five Community Boardcards, split the Pot 50%-50% (if one player creates both the highest and lowest ranking Poker hands, that player receives the entire Pot).
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Omaha Hi/Lo Step-by-Step
Before joining a 888.com Poker Omaha Hi/Lo table, players must purchase a minimum amount of Chips to play with ("Buy-in").
At 888.com Poker , the minimum Buy-in amount is 10 times the Lower Limit Stake of that particular table (i.e. at a $1/$2 table the player must Buy-in with a minimum of $10) (see the Limits, Antes & Rake in the how to play section of this site).
Before "Sitting-in" (participating) at a 888.com Poker Omaha Hi/Lo table, players must also pay an initial fee ("Post"), equal to that table's Lower Limit Stake.
The Post follows the same rules as the Blind Bets (see The Blind Bets below).
After Posting, the player then takes their seat at the Omaha Hi/Lo table.
Players have the option of "Sitting Out" (not participating), and waiting for the Big Blind before beginning to play. Posting ensure fairness to all players, by preventing players from entering a Poker game in a "Late Position", in order to avoid placing Blind Bets.
In 888.com Poker 's Omaha Hi/Lo, "Antes" do not "seed" the Pot. Instead, the Pot is formed, initially, through the use of "mandatory" Bets, known as "Blind Bets".
Before the initial deal of the cards, the Blind Bets are placed:
Both the Big and Small Blinds, in Omaha Hi/Lo Poker, are considered "Live" (active) Bets and therefore, according to Poker rules, can be Checked, Called, Raised or Folded.
Once the Blind Bets have been placed, the Sitting-in players are each dealt four, face down, Pocket Cards. The cards are dealt in a clockwise fashion, one at a time, starting with the player to the left of the Big Blind.
The first Betting Round is then initiated by the first player Sitting-in, in a clockwise fashion, to the left of the Big Blind.
There are four possible Betting Rounds in 888.com Poker 's Omaha Hi/Lo. In each Betting Round, the amount that players Bet is determined by that specific table's Lower and Higher Limit Stakes (Betting amounts) (see the Limits, Antes & Rake in the how to play section of this site). A table's Lower Limit Stake is always half of the Higher Limit Stake (i.e. a $1/$2 table, or a $5/$10 table).
888.com Poker 's Omaha Hi/Lo follows the conventional Poker Betting Round Structure. Betting Rounds always proceed in a clockwise fashion, from one active player to the next. Each player must either:
In keeping with conventional Poker rules, within each Betting Round there can be no more than one Bet and three additional Raises ("Raise", "Reraise" & "Cap"). Once a Cap occurs, the following players will only be able to Call or Fold.
A Betting Round is concluded when:
After each of the subsequent three deals of the cards ("The Flop", "The Turn " and "The River "), in which the "Community Boardcards" are dealt, there is a Betting Round, which is initiated by the first active player (has not Folded), in a clockwise fashion, to the left of the Dealer.
Once the fourth Betting Round has been completed, if more than one player remains active in the hand, there is a "Showdown".
In the Showdown, each active player utilises any combination of two of their four Pocket Cards and any three of the five Community Boardcards, to create the highest and/or lowest (with no card higher in value than eight) ranking (valued), five card, Poker hand(s) possible.
888.com Poker follows Standard Poker Rules for determining Poker hand rank (see the Hand Ranking Chart section of this site).
The active players who create the highest and lowest (with no card higher in value than eight) ranking Poker hands split the Pot 50%-50%, minus the Pot(s) won by any players holding higher and/or lower ranking "All-in" hands (see All-in Policy in the House Rules section of this site) and the "Rake" (see the Limits, Antes & Rake in the how to play section of this site).
Should one active player create both the highest and lowest ranking Poker hands, that player receives the entire Pot, minus any All-in Pots and the Rake. Further, if there is no qualifying low hand (with no card higher in value than eight), the player with the highest ranking hand receives the entire Pot, minus any All-in Pots and the Rake.
The hand is then concluded; the Dealer Button moves to the next player Sitting-in, in a clockwise fashion, and a new Omaha Hi/Lo hand is dealt.
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