Omaha Hi-Lo (also known as Omaha/8 or better) is often times viewed as one of the most difficult but popular poker games. It’s a variation that, even more than regular Omaha poker, invites play from all levels of players. This is the chief reason why a once obscure game, has expanded in popularity so amazingly.

Omaha hi/lo starts just like a regular game of Omaha. Four cards are given out to every player. A sequence of wagering ensues in which players can bet, check, or fold. Three cards are handed out, this is known as the flop. A further sequence of wagering happens. Once all the gamblers have in turn called or dropped out, a further card is flipped on the turn. an additional sequence of betting happens at which point the river card is flipped. The players will have to make the best high and low 5 card hands based on the board and hole cards.

This is the point where a few entrants can get flustered. Unlike Texas Hold ‘Em, where the board can make up everyone’s hand, in Omaha hi/low the player must use exactly three cards from the board, and precisely two hole cards. Not a single card more, no less. Unlike normal Omaha, there are two ways a pot might be won: the "higher hand" or the "low hand."

A high hand is just how it sounds. It’s the best possible hand out of every player’s, it doesn’t matter if it is a straight, flush, full house. It’s the identical concept in nearly every poker game.

The lower hand is more complicated, but really free’s up the action. When figuring out a low hand, straights and flushes do not count. the lowest hand is the worst hand that could be put together, with the worst being A-2-3-4-5. Considering that straights and flushes do not count, A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest value hand possible. The lower hand is any five card hand (unpaired) with an eight and below. The lower hand takes half of the pot, as does the high hand. When there is no lower hand available, the high hand takes the whole pot.

It may seem complex at the start, following a few hands you will be able to get the fundamental subtleties of play with ease. Seeing as you have people betting for the low and betting for the high, and seeing as such a large number of cards are in play, Omaha/8 offers an exciting collection of betting choices and because you have several individuals trying for the high, along with several battling for the low hand. If you like a game with a lot of outs and actions, it is not a waste of your time to compete in Omaha/8.