Omaha 8 Better Rules
The rules for Omaha 8 or better are very similar to those of Omaha high. Omaha 8 or better is also referred to as Omaha high low, and I believe that this variation of the game requires the players to have a lot more skill and understanding of bets and hand strength. The only true difference between the two games is that in Omaha high you just play your best 5 card hand, but in Omaha 8 or better you are allowed to play either your lowest 5 card hand or your highest 5 card hand, or even both in some situations.
This concept of playing your lowest hand is usually very hard to understand for the first time player, but hopefully these rules will give you the basic understanding of the game, and enough to allow you to play in your local Omaha 8 or better games.
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In Omaha 8 or better the lowest hand wins half the pot and the highest hand wins half of the pot. This means that if your best five card hand is only a pair, but your lowest five card hand is only 8 high then you would want to play to win half of the pot with your low hand. In order to qualify for a low hand, you must have at least an 8 low, and the strength of your low hand is determined by the highest low card that you have.
Flushes and straights do not take away from your low hand, and in some situations they allow you to win both the high and low pot. When I say that you are trying to get a low hand, I mean that you are trying to make the weakest hand possible which usually consists of no pairs or better, and then the lowest high cards you can make. In this game, the best hand you can have is A 2 3 4 5 because that is a straight so it will win the high, and it is the lowest possible 5 cards so it will win the low.
This hand is called a wheel. When I say that you can also play for a high hand, I just mean that half of the pot will go to the best five card hand just like in normal Omaha high. After explaining the basic idea of high low, I will now just guide you through the normal rules which are very similar to that of Omaha and holdem.
How many people at the table? General notion goes that there should be no more then 9-10 people at a table, and no less than 5-7 to start off with. Players can run out of money, and eventually if the game is continuous you will get down to two players (heads up play) and then eventually one.