One of the most popular way to relax and enjoy yourself is playing online poker. Nowadays most of us spend a lot of time in front of our personal computers, so playing the game of online poker becomes more and more widespread. One of the most ever-played poker game is Omaha. A subtype of Omaha poker is Omaha Hi/Lo and if you want to play this game, joining Party Poker will be a very good decision. In Omaha Hi/Lo, as in all Hi/Lo games, the pot is split between the player with the highest hand and the player with the lowest hand.
All Omaha Hi/Lo participants receive four “hole” cards, which are private cards and nobody at the table can see these cards except their owner. There are other five cards that everyone can see and use, which are called ‘community’ cards. Each player must use exact two of his hole cards and three of the community cards to form his final hand.
Each bet and raise during the first two rounds of betting in Omaha Hi/Lo is set at the lower limit. Betting and raising during the last two betting rounds is set at the higher limit. The maximum permissible number of bets in Omaha HI/Lo could vary for the different online poker rooms, but this number during a particular round of betting is usually three: (1) bet, (2) raise and (3) re-raise.
The game of Omaha Hi/Lo is split into four rounds of betting. It starts from the position next to the dealer and moves one place to the left after each hand. In the beginning of the game, the two players to the left of the dealer post the Blind bets. The participant to the immediate left of the dealer posts the Small blind and the player to his left posts the Big blind bet.
At the end of the game if there is more than one player left in the hand, the showdown ensues. At this point, all Omaha Hi/Lo players disclose their cards, the highest hand wins half of the pot and the lowest hand wins the other half. Even if you hold the best low hand, you can never be sure that you will win a half of the pot. If someone of the other players holds the same hand, you will get a quarter of the whole pot. But if you hold the highest hand and no one has the same hand, you will certainly be the owner of half of the prize. In case when there is no low hand, the best high hand wins the whole pot.
A low hand is a hand, which must not contain any card higher than 8, but the cards can be in sequent order. For instance, 6s-5s-4s-3s-2s is a low hand, but this straight flush can also qualify for the highest hand in the game of Omaha Hi/Lo.
As you see, it is not difficult at all to learn the rules of Omaha Hi/Lo and become a winner.