Beating Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Poker

With the ever increasing popularity of Omaha Hi-Lo Poker, tons of poker enthusiasts, online as well as offline are getting started with the ‘split pot’ version. However, all those professionals who have played the game would conclude that this version would require some strategy adjustments, as compared to the other variants of the game. During the showdown, the pot would be equally divided between the best low hand and the best high hand. The hand must comprise of five cards –two hole cards as well as three community cards. The low hand must consist of eight or lower. We have designed a few strategy adjustment tips for the beginners, so as to make the most out of their gaming experience.

Avoid playing many starting hands

Newer players to Omaha poker often bet on all the high hands, as they are used to playing with all other poker games and then they add the lower hands as well. This can turn out to be a costly affair in ‘split pot’ Omaha poker. In this variant, the premium hands are those which can win the high hand as well as the low hand of the pot at the same time. While trying for a high hand, make sure you have the strongest cards on the table, so as to compensate for the times that you have missed the pot. Also, remember that you would be sharing the pot with the low hand as well.

Drawing only to the nuts

As far as Omaha Hi-Lo Poker is concerned, paying off bets for a hand which may perhaps not be strong enough during the final showdown is a dangerous thing to do. It would hurt even more if the hand is strong enough to win only half the pot. Unless you happen to be in a pretty wild game, drawing hands should always lead to the best possible hand, either high or low (preferably both). If the pot is still small, there is no point in getting quartered in the game, especially when the danger signs are available all around.

Do not be fooled

There have been instances in the past where a strong looking low hand is often ruined on the river or the turn. For an instance, if you are holding a deuce along with an ace and there are two other low cards on the board such as four or five in addition to a high card. If you were to draw a nut low and receive an ace at the turn, opponent holding two, three with any other low card would be benefited, whereas your hand has just been counterfeited. Do not bluff and move ahead in such situations, unless your opponent folds.

Back to the poker basics

The basic poker rules are of utmost importance in Omaha Hi-Lo poker. if you are the one to raise, then remember that there are only two ways of winning the pot (either you can get your opponent to fold or you must have the strongest possible hand on the table). Similarly, following your opponents would give an added benefit. Such a way, you can get out cheaper if you are behind or build up a big pot if you are ahead in the line. ‘Balance’ is an important poker basic. If you only ‘raise’ with an ace or stronger cards, your opponents would be able to guess your hand combination. Eventually, it would become easier for them to play against you and in such cases, flop is a bad option as well.

Starting hands

This may probably seem as a repetitive advice, but it is imperative for Omaha poker success. Recognising the best starting hands would allow you to overcome some of the situations covered above. It is believed that a good starting hand would protect you from being counterfeited, drawing you to the nuts in high as well as low directions, and are easy to decide during the flop. The real premium hands in the game are the nut low hands with double suits such as 2, 3, A, A and you must always play these hands strongly.