Omaha 8 (High/Low) Poker RulesOmaha 8 (High/Low) Poker Rules

Omaha poker rooms

Room Bonus code Bonus
Titan Poker opnews 100% up to $500
PokerStars Stars50 100% up to $500
Full Tilt Poker OPNEWS 100% up to $600
Bodog Poker 110% up to $500
Mansion Poker 100% up to $500
omaha poker rooms

Omaha 8 (High/Low) Poker Rules

Omaha 8 is a High/Low Split variation of poker, Omaha. The highest hand wins the half the pot; a low hand, that qualifies, 5 unpaired cards 8 and lower, wins the other half of the pot. (Straights and flushes are ignored for the low hand.) Like Omaha the winning hands must be made from exactly 2 cards from the pocket hand and 3 cards from the 5 community cards. The high hand and the low hand are not required to use the same cards. In Omaha the lowest possible hand is A-2-3-4-5, a wheel. If no low hand qualifies, 8 Low or better, the high hand wins all of the pot. Ties occur often in Omaha 8, and when a tie occurs the appropriate halves of the pot are divided between the players entitled to that specific, high or low, half of the pot.

Omaha 8, like Hold'em, is a community card game, with 5 community cards in the center of the table that can be used by all players. In Omaha each player is dealt 4 card hole cards and must make their best 5 card poker hand and their best low hand with exactly 2 cards from their personal hand, and 3 cards from the board. (The requirement to play exactly 2 from the hand and 3 from the board often confuses Hold'em players when they first play Omaha.)

The mechanics of the game are handled by the Online Site’s Poker Client. This software moves the button, prompts the players to post their blinds, deals the cards and then prompts each player to Fold, Check, Call, Bet, or Raise as appropriate, with the proper amounts. Then at the showdown evaluates the hands for the winners. Often when playing Omaha 8 live, at show down the dealer and players must spend a little time and effort to determine the winning hands, or mistakes can occur. Your online poker site software will not make a mistake. If you think it did, check the hand history available on every site.

Quick Summary

The dealer’s button is moved to the next player. Position 1 and position 2 post small and big blinds. (Some sites have two big blinds in Pot LIMIT Omaha games.) Each player is dealt their 4 card, pocket hand. The player in Position 3 starts the action on the pre flop betting round. Three community cards, the flop, are dealt to the center of the table. A betting round occurs started by the first active player to the Dealer’s left. A single card, the turn, is dealt to the center of the table. Another betting round occurs started by the first active player to the Dealer’s left. The bet size DOUBLES. A single and last card, the river, is dealt to the center of the table for a total of 5 community cards. (There will be no more cards.) A final betting round occurs started by the first active player to the Dealer’s left. The cards are exposed, a showdown, and the best 5 card poker hand and the best qualifying low hand, USING EXACTLY 2 CARDS FROM HIS POCKET HAND and 3 CARDS FROM THE 5 COMMUNITY CARDS, is evaluated. Half the pot is awarded to the best qualifying Low Hand, and half to the best high hand. If no low hand qualifies, the high hand wins all of the pot. Ties occur often and the appropriate portion, high or low, is divided between the winning players.

The Hand


The Dealer’s button moves to the next player. This player “deals” the cards and will act last on every round except the first one.

The player to the left of the dealer, Position 1, posts the Small Blind. The next player, Position 2, posts the BIG blind which is equal to a bet. Since these bets are blind, the players in position 1, and 2 will act after the dealer on the first round of betting only.

Any new players will post a Big Blind if they want to play the hand, and players that may have sat out and missed their Blinds are required to post a Big and Small blind as appropriate.

Each player in the hand is dealt his 4 card personal hand, (hole cards,) and the first betting round occurs. The action is started by Position 3, UTG (Under The Gun.) (Positions 1 & 2 have posted blind bets already.) The player has the option to Fold, Call the blind bet, or Raise. The action continues to the left, clockwise, and each player has the option to Fold, Call all bets and raises, or Raise. In LIMIT poker the number of raises is usually limited to 3, but you may encounter 4 raises at some online poker sites. The round of betting ends when all players have folded or call all appropriate bets and raises. At the end of any betting round: If all the players fold but one, the last active player, with cards, is the winner and is awarded the pot.

The Flop, 3 cards are dealt up to the center of the table. The 2nd betting round occurs. For this round and the remaining betting rounds, action begins with the first active player to the left of the dealer. The player has the option to Check, or Bet. (The player could Fold, but should not.) The action moves around the table clockwise. If all of the players Check, the betting round ends. When a player bets, the action continues around the table and each player may Fold, Call, or Raise. (There are a maximum number of raises in LIMIT Hold’em.) The betting round ends when all players have folded or called all appropriate bets and raises.

The Turn, 1 card is dealt up to the center of the table putting 4 cards on the board. The 3rd betting round occurs and the Bet size is DOUBLED for the rest of the hand. For this round and the remaining betting rounds action begins with the first active player to the left of the dealer. The player has the option to Check, or Bet. (The player could Fold.) The action moves around the table clockwise. If all of the players Check, the betting round ends. When a player bets the action continues around the table and each player may Fold, Call, or Raise. The betting round ends when all players have folded or called all appropriate bets and raises.

The River, the last, card is dealt up to the center of the table putting 5 cards on the board. The 4th and final betting round occurs. The Big Bet size is used. The player has the option to Check, or Bet. (The player could Fold.) The action moves around the table clockwise. If all of the players Check, the betting round ends. When a player bets, the action continues around the table and each player may Fold, Call, or Raise. (There are a maximum number of raises in LIMIT Hold’em.) The betting round ends when all players have folded or called all appropriate bets and raises

The Showdown occurs after this betting round ends. Each player shows his hand and best 5 card poker hand and low hand using exactly 2 of his hole cards and 3 of the 5 community cards on the board. The best possible low hand is the wheel. Half the pot is awarded to the best qualifying Low Hand, and half to the best high hand. If no low hand qualifies, the high hand wins all of the pot. Ties occur often and the appropriate portion, high or low, is divided between the winning players.

Move the button.

Omaha strategy articles

Read all articles


Site map|RSS Feed
Play poker online at all poker rooms. All rights Reserved 2009 ©. Please read our Privacy Policy and Disclaimer.