The winning strategy – Bandarq
How to play
Expanding your poker repertoire is always a good thing (like knowing how to change a wheel, knowing the various forms of poker always come in handy at some stage). And, if you’re in the dark about how to play Omaha Hi/Lo, then Bandarq you’re in the right place. Read on to become an Omaha Hi/Lo superstar.
Omaha High/Low is an interesting variation of Omaha poker that allows for two winning hands to share the pot; the best high hand, and the best low hand. If you’re not sure how to play Omaha, we recommend that you quickly read our tutorial here before coming back to this.
For a hand to qualify for the low hand, it must consist of five unpaired cards with the highest being no greater than an 8. The winning low hand is determined by the player with the lowest high-card if you see what we mean, and in the event of a tie the next lowest high-card is used and so on. In the event of a tie where the two Bandarq hands cannot be separated, each player receives a quarter of the pot.
Some more rules of Omaha High/Low
If there is no qualifying low hand then the best high hand wins the entire pot.
One player can win the entire pot by having the best high hand and the best low hand (for example, A-2-3-4-5 or 2h-3h-5h-6h-8h).
Aces count as both high and low.
Players may use different cards to form their high hand and their low hand, or they can use the same cards.
Again, as in Omaha, each player must use precisely two hole cards and three board cards to make their best five card hand.
Omaha differs from Hold’em in two ways. One, each player is dealt four hole cards instead of two. And two, you must use precisely two of these hole cards when making your final hand.
The good news is that you can make use of six different combinations of hole cards when making a hand, providing a greater degree of Bandarq certainty as to whether your hand will be a winner. Unlike Hold’em, which is a game of random accuracy, Omaha is a game of the nuts.When you’re dealt your hole cards, remember that you can win money with both the best high hand and the best low hand. But because of the range of hands that can be formed, you should be selective and play very few hands, so get used to folding, folding and folding some more. Playing with hands other than those suggested here will, in the long run, land you in the mire.