What is Omaha high-low about?

High-Low is no game for beginners. If one knows the bases of the Omaha game, one is still not ready for Omaha high-low.  Even though, the rules may be pretty much the same, for you to be competitive in the high-low variant you require extensive knowledge and skills. Online4Poker will now explain why.

Omaha high-low has the same game course like Omaha.  The difference lies in the fact that there can not only be a highest hand (high) , but also a lowest hand (low). The pot is divided between the highest and the lowest at equal parts. If there is no Low, the High wins the whole pot. Sounds interesting, right…

The High

The High is just like with Omaha the best possible hand, beginning with the royal flush. Just as with Omaha there has to be used two “hole” cards and three community cards.

The Low

Forming the lowest hand is often more elusive than it might appear. Here as well there needs to be used two hole cards and three community cards. The highest card for a Low may be the eight. Here one speaks from “Eight-low”. 

“Seven-low” means that one has a seven and four lower cards. The best lowest hand, you can possibly create is called “wheel” – a street until five (5432A). The worst lowest hand you have with a street from eight to four (87654). If at least three cards who are lower than eight don’t lie on the board, then it isn’t possible to have a Low.

Example:

7-4-3-2-A is worse than 6-5-4-3-2

7-5-4-3-2 is worse than 7-5-4-3-A

9-4-3-2-A is not a Low

If you look at these examples and you must think about the logic behind it – then you should keep your hands off it! You are not yet ready for it.

If you like Omaha poker then you should have a look at this – http://online4poker.com/basic-omaha-poker-strategy/

Pot Limit (with examples)

Those who have already gained more experience,  will sooner or later grapple with the Pot limit and No limit variant. In this post we will cover the Pot limit in various examples.

Pot Limit

At Pot limit games the amount of the betting is limited through the amount of the pot. This means, if there are 50$ in the pot, then a player has the option to bet an amount between the big blind (smallest bet) and the pot (biggest possible bet).

To explain this more detailed let’s see an example:

You play 2 $ / 4 $ Texas hold’em. The small blind is 2 $, the big blind 4 $. The first player now has 3 options. He can raise at least to 4 $ (he has to put 8 $ in the pot), he can bet the amount of the pot or an amount between these two. In total the pot is now at 14 $ – here is how we got this sum. The small blind 2 $, the big blind 4 $, the call 4 $ – that is a total of 10 $ in the pot. The call is 4 $ and the raise 10 $, therefor the player has to pay 14 $ at raise pot. If the next player also decides to play raise pot , then he has the chance to raise to 48 $.

How did we get that amount (48 $)? Let us some it up:

Small blind 2 $, big blind 4 $, raise 14 $, call 14 $ – gives a total of 34 $. Thus the re-raise will be 48 $. 34 $ for the pot and 14 for the call. The re-raise at pot limit games has to be at least double as high compared to the previous raise. If the player doesn’t have enough money for a re-raise then he can go all-in. The bet has to be at least as much as the big blind, and here we have the same rule as before. If a player doesn’t have enough money for a bet he has the option to go all-in.

No Limit Poker Game

No Limit is pretty much the complete opposite of Limit poker. While you are very limited about your betting amount in Limit poker you have no restrictions at all in No Limit poker. You can bet all the money you have (buy-in) whenever you want. Of course you have fixed numbers for small blind and big blind. The re-raise in No Limit poker has to be at least twice as much as the previous raise, but of course it can be even higher (or max. all-in). If a player doesn’t have double the amount of the previous raise, but he still wants to re-raise then he has the option of going all-in. This is probably one of the few commonalities between No Limit and Limit poker. Just as with pot limit poker the bet has to be at least as much as the big blind.

Usually this game variant is recommended for more experienced and skilled players. You ask why? Well it should be pretty obvious since here you can lose all your money very fast.  That is why I would always recommend new players to start with Limit poker until they have mastered the basics.

Let’s talk about All-in and Side Pots

It is not possible that a player is being excluded from a pot because he has not enough money. With the so called “all in” he remains with his betted amount up to now in the pot, however, he can win as much how as he has betted. If more than 2 players are involved in this pot, a Side pot is formed.

Here is one example:

Player A goes with 100 $ all-in. Player B calls his all in (100 $). Player C goes all-in with 400 $ and player B goes all-in with his remaining 100 $. In this case a side pot is created.

The Main pot contains the money which player A can win (his 100 $ and 100 $ of player B and C). The side pot is formed with the money which player A has no participation in (100 $ from player B and 300 from player C). Player C has 200 $ too much in the side pot and neither player A nor player B can win this money. If player A has the winning hand, then he will win the main pot in the amount of 300 $. The side pot (200 $) goes to either player B or C, depending on who has the better hand. 200 $ will go back to player C since that amount was too much in the side pot. If player C has the best hand of these 3 players then he wins the side pot 300 $, the main pot 200 $ and his 200 $.

It seems a little confusing at the beginning, but once you deal with this subject more often I’m sure you will get the hang of it.