Omaha High

Omaha High is played with four Hole cards for every Player and five community cards in the center of the table. Just as in Hold'em games, Omaha is a game of position strategy and mathematical odds. However, Omaha is significantly less calculable than Texas Hold'em, as there are many more cards in the game. This also means that the role of 'psycho-strategy' is considerably higher than in Texas Hold'em. Omaha High is offered as a limit and as a pot limit game.

Rules and Game Course

Omaha High is played in a similar way to Texas Hold'em. First, four Hole cards are dealt to each Player. The first betting round starts with the first Player to the left of the blind. The hand continues with the Flop, betting round, Turn, betting round, River, betting round and finally, the Showdown.

In Omaha High, the winning hand is determined in the following way:

Each Player combines three community cards on the table with two of their four Hole cards. This is an important difference to Texas Hold'em where, theoretically, the whole board can be the winning hand. In Omaha you always need two hidden cards, three from the table's center.

If you are playing pot limit games, please be aware that there is no restriction on the number of raises (different from limit games, where only three raises are possible).

Omaha Hi/Lo

Usually in poker, the highest-ranked hand automatically wins the showdown. However there are some versions of the game where the pot is split in the showdown. The Player with the highest hand (High) wins one half, while the Player with the lowest hand (Low) wins the other. This form of poker is played as 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo Poker and Omaha Hi-Lo Poker. The highest hand is determined, as usual, according to the ranking of the hands, starting with the Royal Flush as the highest combination.

For the determination of the lowest hand, there is an important restriction: a low is only accepted when a Player has five cards lower than the nine, whereby the Ace is counted as one for the low. (However the Ace is still the highest card for the high; it holds a dual position.)

A straight with eight high or lower can therefore be the high, just a straight, or the low, namely eight high. This is an important difference to plain low games, where straights are not accepted as low. If no Player has five cards lower than nine in the showdown, there is no low and the high wins the whole pot.

Betting rounds in Omaha Hi/Lo are the same as in Omaha High. In 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo they are the same as 7-Card Stud. The only difference comes in the showdown. 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo are mostly played as limit games, but they can also be pot limit games.

A few important tips:

  • If there are not at least three cards ranking eight or lower on the board in Omaha Hi/Lo, a low is not possible.
  • In Omaha, you can use the same Hole cards for the high and the low.
  • If the amount of the pot is uneven, the high hand gets the extra chip every time.

Here are two examples of how the ranking of the low works:

A Player has A-2-3-4-9 – this is not a low.

One Player has A-2-3-4-8, another has 3-4-5-6-7: The second Player wins, because his 7 is lower than the 8.

All-Ins software can determine whether you are disconnected from the Internet during a hand. Should this occur, your hand would play and lay claim to the portion of the pot that you have contributed to, up to and until the disconnection.
You will notice in the game that you have a preset 'all-in' account. This account has in it TWO (2) all-ins allowed in a 24-hour period. Should this happen more than twice in a 24-hour period, you can ask to have this account reset by emailing Customer Support and requesting an all-in re-set. Should this become a regular occurrence, please email Customer Support for suggestions on increasing the reliability of your connection.
If we determine that you are connected to the game, your hand will be folded. This is done to protect the integrity of the game. Furthermore, if we feel that the 'All-In' policy is being abused, this will be addressed, and 'All-In' privileges may be revoked.
Players should exercise caution when both 'All-ins have been used. Until your account of 'all-ins' has been reset, your hand may be folded during an Internet disconnection and you will not be able to lay any claim to the hand or the pot you were involved with immediately prior to the disconnection.

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