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Omaha Hi/Lo - Hand Ranking

Once you have learnt How to Play Omaha Hi/Lo, it is important to understand the Hand Rankings. In Omaha Hi/Lo, the regular poker hand ranking in followed for the high hand whereas a set of rules are defined for making the low hand.

Hand Ranking for the High Hand:

 Royal Flush
 A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.

 

   10 heart jack heart queen heart king heart ace heart

 Straight Flush
 Five cards of the same suit in numerical order.

 

   5 diamond 6 diamond 7 diamond 8 diamond 9 diamond

 Four of a Kind (Quads)
 Quads are four cards of equal rank/any suit.

 

   ace club ace diamond ace heart ace spade8 diamond

 Full House or Full Boat
 Three of a kind and a Pair.

 

   king club king diamond king heart 7 spade 7 heart

 Flush
 Five cards of the same suit.

 

   queen diamond 2 diamond 3 diamond 4 diamond 5 diamond

 Straight
 Five cards in numerical order.

   

   7 diamond 8 heart 9 diamond 10 spade jack club

 Three of a Kind / Set
 Three cards of the same rank.

 

   8 heart 8 diamond 8 club 5 heart 4 diamond

 Two Pair
 Two different pairs.

 

   3 heart 3 diamond 5 spade 5 heart  ace club

 One Pair
 Two cards of the same rank.

 

   9 club 9 diamond 5 diamond 3 diamond8 heart

 High Card
 The hand with the highest card(s) wins.

 

   5 diamond king club 7 heart ace club queen diamond

 

Criteria for making a Low Hand:

A low Hand is any combination of five cards (2 hole cards + 3 community cards) of value equal to or less than 8. In simple terms, A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 forms the Low Hands where A is taken as of value 1.

  1. There must be 3 community cards of value less than or equal to 8.
  2. None of the cards in a Low Hand can be paired. E.g. A♠ 2♣ 2♥ 4♣ 8♠ can’t be a Low hand because of the pair 2♣ 2♥.
  3. Low hands are counted from the top to down. Lower the card denominations, stronger the Low Hand. For example: 2♠ 3♣ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥ beats A♠ 2♣ 3♥ 4♣ 8♠ for the best Low Hand.
  4. Flushes and straights are not considered for the low hand, meaning the best possible low hand is A-2-3-4-5 regardless of suits.
  5. Suits do not count for a low hand. Hence, the players making the same low hand equally split the low half of the pot. (Winning half of the Low pot, and nothing from the High pot is known as being quartered.)

To help understand the rankings of low hands, a list of 10 qualifying low hands (not a complete list of all low hands) is given below from the least powerful to the most strong.

  1. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
  2. 8, 7, 6, 5, 3
  3. 8, 6, 4, 2, A
  4. 8, 4, 3, 2, A
  5. 7, 6, 5, 4, 2
  6. 7, 6, 5, 2, A
  7. 7, 5, 4, 3, 2
  8. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
  9. 6, 4, 3, 2, A
  10. 5, 4, 3, 2, A

 

A low hand is named as per its highest card. Let’s have a look at some specific low hands:

Five Low or Wheel

 

Six Low

 

Seven Low

 

Eight Low

 

 

In case, two or more players make a low hand with same denomination high card, the 2nd highest card is evaluated to determine the best low hand. For example: 7, 5, 4, 3, 2 (Seven-Five-Low) will beat 7, 6, 5, 2, A (Seven-Six-Low) .

 

 
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