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Perfecting Your Omaha Hi-Lo Poker Hand

Just as with the previous article, dealing with perfecting your Omaha Poker game here we do some practice and analysis of finding your best Omaha Hi-Lo Poker Hand as well as finding the nuts hand. This time though, we consider not only the high hands, but the low hands as well. This is sure to make things even more complicated, and thus the more you need to read carefully and practice.

Your hand: AD 2D 8C KC
Board: 2C 3D 7C AC JH
Your best low hand: A 2 3 7 8
The nuts low hand: A 2 3 4 7
Your best high hand: Flush, AC KC 8C 7C 2C
The nuts high hand: You got it!

Hand Analysis: You have the nuts high hand, congratulations. You are guaranteed to win some of your money back. In fact, a tie for the high hand in this case is impossible, so you are guaranteed at least half the pot. You do have a qualifying low hand, but it isn’t quite the best. Bet big though, and hope to push out others with marginally good low hands and perhaps sweep the whole pot!

Your hand: AC 2H 7C 10D
Board: 3D 5C 7S 7D JH
Your best low hand: A 2 3 5 7
The nuts low hand: You got it!
Your best high hand: 3 of a kind, 7’s
The best high hand: Full houses, Jacks over 7’s

Hand Analysis: You have the nuts low hand, congratulations. You are guaranteed to win some of your money back. But be careful, unlike the hand above, there is a possibility that someone could tie you for the best low hand. So, don’t be so sure that you are going to get half the pot. There is a chance you might only get a quarter of the pot (or worse yet a sixth). Your high hand is pretty good, but the full house would be better. Plus, there is a straight possibility on the board (3 4 5 6 7). You deserve to be part of the betting, but don’t be the driving force.

Your hand: AH 3D KD 7S
Board: 4C 5D 8D 9C QD
Your best low hand: A 3 4 5 8
The nuts low hand: A 2 4 5 8
Your best high hand: Flush, KD 3D 5D 8D QD
The best high hand: Flush, Ace high

Hand Analysis: You have a pretty good hand. You have the second nuts low hand AND you have the second nuts high hand. So long as no one has the nuts in either case, you could end up winning the whole pot. But someone could have the nuts. In fact, one other player could have the nuts low hand and some other player could have the nuts high hand. This could leave you with winning nothing at all, despite having a REALLY good hand.

The lesson to learn here is that there aren’t that many sure things in Omaha Hi-Lo. Pay close attention to your opponents possible Hi-Lo poker hands and only bet big if you think that your strategy and ultimately your hand analysis has everyone else beat.

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