Omaha Hi-Lo: introduction


Why Omaha Hi-Lo?


The Omaha hi-low poker is the variety that gives more money per time spent

Any player SPRO (on-line) must perfectly know at least two variants of poker that are played regularly in the online casino, and Omaha hi-low is one of the best second variant that can learn. In this mode there is big money at stake in each pot, because you play two different games in the same hand, so the action is almost guaranteed. In this mode the difference between a bad player and a good player is HUGE, wrong possibilities are many and frequent, so we have a solid knowledge of the game our advantage is much greater than in any other variety of poker.

This game is much less volatile than the other variants, so we need a smaller bankroll

- "It's about time you gave some good news Carreño" -. Pseeee ... that my not be. As soon as I touch the nescafe salary for life I tell running. Accustomed to vast amounts recommended bankrolls, this really is great news. Still need a bankroll that we ensure survival in a particular level but need a bankroll much lower compared to other modalities. - "How much?" - With 20 buy-in is sufficient. - "Why?" - Because it will cost relatively little to see the flop, when so decide, and once seen is when we must decide whether we play or not, and play whenever we decide we have almost guaranteed victory in one of the two options of play: play more or less play, so bad up leaving the subject we will return on investments in the hand. Which brings us to the variance (swings) is much lower than in other forms of poker.


We all know that patience is the mother of science, what about the father? Go you know, but what does this have to do with the hi-low? Well that is the main quality
we must develop. The VPIP (Voluntary put in pot) of Omaha hi-low is to be about 20% -25%, so far nothing extraordinary, but it does not mean we'll play (?) This game is very selective and only going to play when we have many guarantees to win at least one of the hands: the best or the least. What I mean is that we can take a few hands (shooting many many) without touching ball. - "And that's profitable play? Yes, look you, because every time we play we play to double our stack, or to lose it all, so if I were you, I would expect to play a hand wherever favorite.

Split game

A game divided (split game) means that you play more than one hand at a time, in this case, are played two: the best hand and the lowest hand. We can use different pairs of hole cards to play either hand. Each hand wins half the pot, that is, half the pot goes to the best hand and half the pot goes to the worst hand (if this is possible). There will always be a better hand but will not always be the lowest possible hand. To have a hand less a player must have 5 cards under 8 and unmatched. If you can not lower hand, the best hand wins the whole pot. If two or more players tie for the same hand (the highest or the lowest) turns to hand, is what is called a quarter-boat (quartering). - "Hey Carreño, this sounds very complicated ..." - NO PROBLEM, as we will explain everything slowly and one thing after another. You remember what I told you that I'm a slug counting odds, as this is, if you understand me, you're going "sobrao". Come on I'm something like a guarantee, do not exaggerate ... once took me almost two years to make the puzzle and was happy because in the box reading "of 4-6 years" :)
This seems much more complicated than it actually is, do not worry and go to parties as Jack said.


It's the same winning hand in Omaha High, just is the best move. Remember that we must use 2 of our 4 hole cards with three of the five community cards to make our move. Repeat: 2 of our cards with three of the community cards.


Here comes the issue ...

The best possible hand is A-2-3-4-5 and the worst possible hand is 4-5-6-7-8.

One trick is to tell it backwards, the highest card of the less high, that is assuming you have A-2-4-5-8, the reading would be 8-5-4-2-A.

EJ01: Who would win if I play with A-2-4-5-8 and the enemy with 2-3-4-5-7? A count down ...

My play is 8-5-4-2-A
His hand is 7-5-4-3-2

The enemy would win because his highest card is 7 and ours is 8. Remember that starts counting by the highest card.

Ej02: Who would win if I play with A-2-4-5-8 and the enemy with A-3-4-5-8?

My play is 8-5-4-2-A
Their game is 8-5-4-3-A

A counting ... we tied at 8, we tied at 5, we tied at 4, we tied a .. Uppssss, NO we tied, the friend has a 3 and I have a 2, ergo, 2 is less than 3, so I win.

Ej03: Who would win if I play with A-2-4-5-8 and the enemy with 2-3-4-5-8?

My play is 8-5-4-2-A
His hand is 8-5-4-3-2

This situation is the same as before (eg 02), because you have put the AS confused. I'll write hundreds of times: You have to count backwards. You have to count backwards. You have to count backwards ... The problem with this is that after going to the grocery store and people think we work at NASA (at the countdown ..) What about, what about all the jokes not going to be good?


The table J-J-7-7-4

In this case it is not possible because there is less play 3 cards under 8 (inclusive) between the 5 community cards. - "But you've got Carreño! Do not you see that there are 3 cards under 8 among the 5 community cards, namely, 7, 7 and 4. Three cards under 8. Come on, let the morning carajillo that you say that you take for medicinal purposes ... "- Amigo card counter, you should know that the letters should be desenparejadas, so it can not be counted two times the same card, and my carajillo not mess morning.


The table A-2-2-8-J

- "What I've realized ... now there is no possibility of a low hand because there is a letter matched. Do not be pesao, you're cansinooooo ... "- Meccccc, ERROR. Now if the possibility of a smaller hand. - "HOW?" - That there is a letter on the table matched not necessarily mean that there is no option for a smaller hand. The trick to understanding this is to try to tell the two hole cards under 8 with 3 cards (whatever they are) under 8 of the table, if the attempt results in us we have 5 different cards under 8, we have a hand lower.

My letters 3-4-6-Q

I can combine 3 and 4 with the Ace, with 2 and 8, giving me the following minor hand: A-2-3-4-8. I repeat: I choose the table the Ace, 2 to 8, three unmatched cards (including) the table and combine with 3 and 4 of my hole cards.


The table A-2-3-4-5

My letters 6-9-J-J

I have no choice to move lower, because I need to combine 2 cards, and only 2 of the 4 I have with 3 cards, and only 3 of the 5 community.

NOTE: I'm getting blind to repeat the same thing, but I think it is very important that you understand the play of the hand lower, because it is the main obstacle to a hold'em player will face when playing a game distributed ( split game). There is a saying that says sailor errors marine pays the same, that saying applies to poker: If you mess up, you pay.


The table A-5-8-J-J

My letters 2-3-J-8

What is my move to low to high and what?

Low 2-3 (mine) + A-5-8 (EC) = A-2-3-5-8
High J-8 (mine) + JJ-8 (community) = JJJ 8-8 Full-jacks and eights

I used a different pair of hole cards to every play. For as little play I used 2 and 3, while for the best move I used the Jota and 8.


The table A-K-Q-2-3

My letters 4-5-J-10

What is my move to low and high for what:

Low: 4-5 (mine) + A-2-3 = A-2-3-4-5
High: JT (added) + AKQ = AKQJT Royal Flush

The ace can be worth as much as a letter or card high low.


The table 2-3-4-Q-9

My letters A-5-Q-9

What is my move to low to high and what?

Low: A-5 (added) + 2-3-4 = A-2-3-4-5
High: A-5 (added) + 2-3-4 = A-2-3-4-5

In this case I used the same two cards for low than for high. I got what is called "a bicycle" ("bicycle" or "wheel"). I swear this is not mine, little word of baby Jesus. This is so true, and I already see people calling 2-3-4-5-6 "the truck" and 4-5-6-7-8 "Evaristo cello" ... laughter nothing we know.



Jackpot $ 50

The table 2-3-4-9-J

Jugador01: A-5-8-Q
Jugador02: 8-6-J-J
Jugador03: 5-6-T-T


Jugador01: A-5 + 2-3-4 = A-2-3-4-5
Jugador02: J-J-J + 9-4 = J-J-J-9-4
Jugador03: 5-6 + 2-3-4 = 2-3-4-5-6 Win $ 25


Jugador01: A-5 + 2-3-4 = A-2-3-4-5 $ 25 winner
Jugador02: 8-6 + 2-3-4 = 2-3-4-6-8
Jugador03: 5-6 + 2-3-4 = 2-3-4-5-6


Jackpot $ 60

The table 4-5-J-J-Q

Jugador01: A-2-3-4-5
Jugador02: J-Q-6-6
Jugador03: J-T-9-8


Jugador01: A-5 + 5 =-J-J-J-J-A 5-5
Jugador02: Q + J-J-J-J-J = Q-Q-Q J-Win $ 60
Jugador03: T + J-J-J-Q = J-J-J-Q-T


There is no possibility

The jugador01 can only choose two of their hole cards to combine with three of the community, and there are three community cards under 8.


To enjoy our friend Jack, this begins to look like go buy a chicken butcher: - "Encarnita honey!, Look to see if I can put one quarter and half breasts. Hey eggs are fresh? "-" What if you are cool! The hen that has brought this buying detergent mismito now ... "- (I'll be damned if I understand something lol)

This concept is new and is very important. It follows that if other civilian tied with one of the two possible hands either either high or low, must divide up our corresponding half of the boat.


Jackpot $ 50

In the table 3-4-5-J-J

Jugador01: A-2-Q-Q
Jugador02: A-2-J-J


Jugador01: A-2 + 3-4-5 = A-2-3-4-5
Jugador02: J-J + J-J-5 = J-J-J-J-5 Winner of $ 25


Jugador01: A-2 + 3-4-5 = A-2-3-4-5 winner of $ 12.50
Jugador02: A-2 + 3-4-5 = A-2-3-4-5 winner of $ 12.50

For now I say no more about it, but this should give you to think ... A lot. The concept of "boat room" is a new topic but very important to understand the games spread.

By Juan Carreño



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