Omaha Hi/Lo Poker Rules

A variation of Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo Poker splits the pot equally between the best high card hand winner and the best low card hand winner. With 2 to 10 Players per hand, Omaha Hi/Lo is unique in that it allows those Players that tie on either a high or low hand to share the winnings, thus quartering the pot.

1. The Players to the left of the Dealer begin the game by posting blind bets. The Player on the Dealer’s left posts a small blind bet, and the Player on the Small Blind’s left posts a big blind bet.
Note: The Dealer’s position at the table changes after every game. The dealer button (D) shows the Dealer’s position at the table.

2. Four pocket cards are dealt with each Player.

3. In the first round, the Player to the Big Blind’s left plays first and can either:

  • Fold
  • Bet
  • Raise

Also Note: In the first round, betting is capped at one bet and three raises per Player.

4. In the second round, three community cards are dealt. This is called the Flop. A round of betting follows and Players can either:

  • Check
  • Fold
  • Call
  • Raise

5. In the third round, a fourth community card is dealt. This is called the Turn. Another round of betting follows.

6. In the fourth round a fifth and final community card is dealt. This is called the River Card. The final round of betting follows. The remaining Players then use two of their pocket cards and three of the community cards to create the best five-card low and five-card high hand possible. The two Players with the best high and low hands split the pot.

Important:Winning hands must consist of two pocket cards and three community cards. Low hands can only win if all the cards in the hand have a value of 8 or less.

It is not always possible to create both a low hand and a high hand. Sometimes you can only play for either the high hand or the low hand.
It is possible to win the entire pot by having both the highest and lowest hands.
If you and another Player tie on a hand, you both win a quarter of the pot. This is known as the pot being quartered.

Player A wins the high hand and Players B and C tie for the low hand. The pot is £100. Player A receives £50 and Players B and C receive £25 each.