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Omaha 8

Omaha 8 or Better (you also know it as Omaha Hi/lo) is one of the popular poker games in the online world. This popular game is in two types:

  • Limit Omaha 8 or Better (with a  definite specific limit of bets in every game and on each round of betting)
  • Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better (when a player can bet what is in the pot)

In this gambling game a dealer-button is used to indicate the theoretical dealer of each hand. After the current hand is completed, the button moves to the next active player clockwise. This player is considered as “the dealer” for current hand. Players usually use a single deck of cards to play a hand of poker. A deck refers to 52 cards excluding the jokers.

If the active pot is $200 and the first player to act in the round bets $150 and the next player calls $150, the third player has a maximum eligible total bet of $800. The $800 total is made up of the $150 call and $650 raise.

The $650 max raise portion is equal to the pot of $200 + first player’s $150 + second player’s $150 + his own call of $150.

A player “scoops” the pot when they win the whole pot.

Rules to play Omaha 8

Originally Omaha poker was created as a high-hand only game. But the high-low split variant called Omaha 8 or better has become so popular that the term Omaha usually now refers to that, while the original poker game is usually called Omaha High.

The best number of players for this game is 5 to 10. The rules of the game are similar to Omaha High Rules so we’ll distinguish only its peculiarities.

In Omaha 8 or better, (or just Omaha 8), each player should make two combinations: five-card high poker hand and five-card ace-to-five low hand. The pot is split between the high and low hands, which may belong to the same player). To qualify for low, a player must be able to play an 8-7-6-5-4 hand or lower. Sometimes the 9-low version can be used, but this variant of the game is played rather rarely.