How To Play

Omaha Hi-Lo is played with a standard 52-card deck with each player receiving four down cards as their initial hand. There is a round of betting after these cards have been dealt. Three board-cards are then turned face-up (the “flop”) and another round of betting occurs. Another card is turned face-up, followed by a round of betting. A final board-card is turned up and a final round of betting ensues. These five board-cards are “community” cards. After the final round of betting has been completed a player must use a combination of two cards in his hand and three from the board to determine his best hand.

Omaha Hi-Lo uses a flat disc called a “dealer button” to indicate the player who, in theory, dealt the cards for that pot. The button (player with the dealer-button) is last to receive cards on the initial deal and has the right of last action on all betting rounds except the first. One or more “blind” bets are used to stimulate action and initial play. “Blinds” are posted before the player looks at his cards. Blinds count as part of that player’s bet, unless the structure for a specific game or situation requires part or all of a particular blind to be “dead”. “Dead” chips are not part of a player’s bet and are taken into the center of the pot.

Blinds are posted by players in consecutive clockwise order from the button. Action is initiated on the first betting round by the player on the immediate left of the person who posted the furthest blind clockwise from the button. On all subsequent betting rounds, the action is initiated by the first active player clockwise from the button.