The sequence of play
Betting Small and Big Blinds
Using wild cards
Probability of holding
First betting interval
seven card stud
Other forms of poker
Texas Hold'em Basic Hand
Five - Six card Omaha
Other Gambling Card Game
Five and Six card Omaha
Five-and Six-card Omaha are played as described above with the exception that instead of four face-down cards each player receives five or six. The possibilities of making good hands are much greater, since each player has ten or 11 cards from which to make his hand (although a hand must still be composed of two hole-cards and three communal cards).
Omaha can also be played as Lowball or High-low. Lowball is played like the parent game, but the lowest hand wins. As in versions of Lowball previously described, flushes and straights are not considered as hands, the lowest hand therefore being 5,4,3,2,A
Omaha High-low Eight or Better
This is a distinctive and interesting game. At the showdown the highest hand wins half the pot, and the lowest hand wins half the pot. A player has no need to specify whether he is going for high or low, and indeed can try for each with different hands. For example, a player may use any two of his hole-cards and any three from the community cards to form his hand for high and a different set to form his hand for low, provided there are two hole-cards and three community cards in each hand.
The ‘eight ’ in the title refers to the fact that only hands that are 8 high or better can compete for low, i.e. a hand that does not contain five cards of differing ranks all 8 or below is ineligible.
In the two hands below, player 2 wins the high with his triple 4s (he cannot use his ♠ A with the ♣ A to make a full house, as he would be using three hole-cards). Player 1 can do no better than a pair of aces. However, player 1 wins the low with 7,5,4,2,A (the Ace he has to use is ♣ A, as he cannot use 7,2, from his hole-cards and ♥ A, as well). Player 2 is ineligible for low, as he can get no lower than Queen high. If no players in the showdown can compete for low, the winner of high takes the whole pot.
EXAMPLE OMAHA HIGH-LOW EIGHT OR BETTER BASIC HAND
Player 1 is dealer, and player 2 puts in one chip as small blind and player 3 two chips as big blind. Bets and raises are two chips before and after the flop, but there is a maximum of five chips after the turn. There is also a limit of three raises per player during one betting interval.
First betting interval
Player 4 speaks first and calls, and all other online poker players call. The pot is 10 chips.
The flop appears.
AFTER THE FLOP Player 5’s hand is the only one that has little chance either high or low.
Second betting interval
- Player 2 speaks first, and has paired Queens and 5s. He bets two chips.
- Player 3’s hand looks good, as he needs only an Ace, 3 or 4 to complete the best low hand, and a heart to complete an Ace flush. He calls and raises two.
- Player 4 is in the same position regarding low, and calls.
- Player 5 folds.
- Player 1 sees opportunities for straights and has paired his Queen, so he optimistically calls, too.
- Player 2 calls. The pot is now 26 chips.
The turn is an Ace.
THE TURN The ♣ A is helpful for both high and low hands.
Third betting interval
- Player 2 is not helped, but bets two chips.
- Player 3 has now completed his low, the best possible, a bicycle, and raises five chips.
- Player 4 has done the same. He also raises five chips.
- Player 1 folds – he still holds only a pair of Queens. Although he thinks players are betting on low, it is a reasonable bet that one of them will have a pair of aces and be beating him for high, too.
- Player 2 calls.
- Player 3 calls and raises another five chips.
- Player 4 raises another five.
- Player 2 is in a fix. He knows players 3 and 4 are betting on low, and his two pairs are likely good for high, although either opponent might also hold two pairs, aces up. He realizes the odds are against him and folds.
- Player 3 makes his final raise.
- Player 4 does the same.
- Player 3’s final call ends the betting. The pot is now 102 chips.
THE RIVER The ♥ 5 has worked out perfectly for player 3 who wins high and shares low with player 4.
Fourth betting interval
The river is turned to the horror of player 2. Had he stayed in he would have completed a full house and be practically certain to win high.
- The card is significant for player 3, too, as it completes a nut flush for him. He bets five chips.
- Player 4 merely calls. He realizes the chances are that the low pot will be shared, and his high hand is no better than his low hand. He notices that his opponent might hold a flush. The pot ends at 112 chips.
So player 3 takes 56 chips for high, as his best hand, ♥ A, ♥ Q, ♥ 10, ♥ 5, ♥ 2, an Ace flush, beats player 4’s run of a, 2,3,4,5. This run is also, of course, both player ’s hand for low, the pot for which they share at 28 chips each. So player 4, with his unbeatable low hand, gets only a quarter of the pot. Player 3 collects 84 chips, a profit of 41, and player 4 collects 28 chips, and loses 15.