Omaha 8 starting hands

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A discussion on starting hand selection in Omaha High Low 8 or better

Written by Jim Green

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Congratulations. By deciding to play Omaha High/Low, you've picked the game where a skilled player has the most advantage over unskilled opponents. Omaha 8 (as it is often called because low hands have to be 5 unpaired cards 8 or below) has been described as holdem on steroids. That's a pretty good metaphor, Omaha8 has more cards, more action, and more players who have no idea what's going on.

Basically, you get dealt 4 cards in Omaha and always have to use 2 of yours and 3 of the board cards to make your final hand. The rest of the game structure (betting rounds, dealer button, blinds, 3 card flop, 1 card turn turn, and 1 card river) is just like Holdem - except that the lowest hand at showdown (if it has 5 unpaired cards below 8) takes half the pot.


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