Party Poker


Omaha High Low Poker

Each player is dealt four down cards, and the player immediately left of the button which is called the "Small Blind" is forced to bet - this bet is half the minimum bet. Then the player to his left and two seats to the left of the button, called the"Big Blind" is then forced to bet the minimum bet. Each player in turn is then dealt a four card hand.

The player at the left of the big blind is first to act and he/she must either call the big blind's bet, raise, or fold their hand. Continuing in turn clockwise, all the players around the table then either call, raise or fold. When the betting gets back to the small blind, that player can fold and lose the bet placed earlier, call the amount necessary to get up to the betting level or raise. The big blind is then the last to act before any cards are turned up in the middle. Blinds are played in the first round only.

The dealer will then turn three cards up in the center of the table. This is known as the "Flop". As always, the player to the left of the button is first to play. There are no further forced bets and the players can then all check around if they want to. Bets immediately after the flop are at the minimum bet level.

At this point the "Turn" card is dealt where more betting takes place to the higher minimum bet level.

Finally the last crd is dealt - this is known as the "River" card which is turned up. Then last betting round takes place. The players still in the contest reveal their hole cards and the highest hand wins the pot or splits with the lowest qualifying low hand. Of course, the ideal result is to win the high end with no split or have cards to win both ways.

Once all betting is completed, players then determine the best five-card high or low hand that they can make from two of their four pocket cards and three of the five community cards. In Omaha High/Low the pot is split 50-50 between the best qualifying high hand and the best qualifying low hand, consisting of 5 cards of different values ranked 8 or lower.

Straights and flushes are not counted against you when evaluating a low hand. However, they still apply for evaluating the high hand. Aces can be used both for high and low hands.

It is possible for a player to scoop the entire pot with both the highest and lowest hands. Four of these cards will be in their own possession and dealt as down cards, and five will be face up community cards shared by all players.

Should a player be dealt four kings down, only two of the kings count toward the final hand. The remaining three cards must come from the community cards. The player with the best five-card hand and the player with the qualifying best low hand share the pot evenly. Should multiple hands tie, the pot is split with any odd amount going to the player immediately to the left of the dealer.

The 'button' is moved clockwise at all times around the table so that every player can benefit from the advantage of being last to act once per round. Like Texas Holdem, position is a very important advantage with the player on the button being in the best position possible.

GOOD STARTING HANDS
A pair of Aces and a Two
A pair of Aces and a Three
An Ace a Two and a Three
An Ace a Two and a Four
An Ace and a Two
An Ace a Three and a Four
A pair of Aces
Suited Hand