Everything you need to know about Omaha hi-lo

Play Omaha Hi-Lo at Ignition Australia

To play Omaha Hi-Lo at Ignition, click ‘Poker’ on the top menu to head to the Ignition Poker webpage. From there, you can click on ‘Play Now’ to see the games available (just remember: if you’re not already logged in, the site will prompt you to log in before you can get started).


Start by clicking ‘Poker’ in the top menu before clicking ‘Play Now’ to experience the excitement firsthand.

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These are the same steps you’ll want to follow to play any other Ignition Poker games, such as Omaha and Texas Hold’em. Pretty convenient if we do say so ourselves.

Another great way to play Omaha Hi-Lo at Ignition Poker is by getting involved in tournaments. From knockouts to Sit-and-Gos (and everything in between!), there are countless types of poker tournaments available at Ignition. Killer action, nail-biting anticipation, epic prize pools – there’s nothing not to love if we’re honest.

To check out our Ignition Poker tournaments, click the ‘Poker Tournaments’ tab on the top menu on your browser or follow this link.


Press ‘Poker Tournaments’ on the menu to hit your next big jackpot!

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What is Omaha Hi-Lo & How to Play

Omaha Hi-Lo is a unique spin on the poker game of Omaha. The rules of Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo are very similar, but the key difference between the two comes down to the rewards (we talk about this in the next section, so be sure to stick around!).

In Omaha Hi-Lo, the players’ goal is the exact same as in Omaha: build the strongest five-card hand possible using two of their hole cards and three community cards.

The game of Omaha Hi-Lo also plays out the same way as standard Omaha. To begin, every player receives four hole cards. There is then a round of pre-flop betting. Next, the dealer places three community cards on the table (a virtual one, in this case) face-up for all players to see (this is known as the ‘flop’). Players take part in another round of betting before the fourth community card is laid out face-up (this card is known as the ‘turn’). Another round of betting ensues before the fifth and final community card is shown (known as the ‘river’). Once the last bets are placed after the river is shown, players go head-to-head in the showdown. This is where all the remaining players show their cards.
So, after the showdown, who wins the pot? Well, the answer to this is where things get interesting. In Omaha Hi-Lo, the pot might go to one person or two – learn more about this in the next section!

H2: The Difference Between Omaha Hi-Lo & Omaha

If you’ve been hanging out with us for a while, you would’ve noticed that we’ve got two variations of Omaha here at Ignition Poker: Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo. So, what’s the difference between the two?

Well, lucky for you, legends, this lesson’s a quick one. The main difference between the Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo is the split pot. In Omaha, the pot goes to one player – the one with the highest hand. But when you play Omaha Hi-Lo, things can get a little more interesting and heaps more generous. In Omaha Hi-Lo, the player with the highest hand gets half the pot, while the player with the lowest hand gets the other half – if there is a qualifying lowest hand, of course.

You just knew there had to be a catch, right? See, there aren’t always two winners when you play Omaha Hi-Lo. For someone to claim a winning low hand, they need to have a very specific set of cards, with each one ranking at 8 or lower.

Omaha Hi-Lo Strategy

We know what you’re thinking: now I know how to play, but how do I win? Are we right? Told ya – we know you too well.

Lucky for you, we at Ignition Poker have all the answers and this one is simple. The best way to win big at Omaha Hi-Lo? Strategy!

Ignition Poker strategies come in all shapes and sizes, and they largely vary depending on the type of poker you’re playing. Whether you’re hoping to learn from the mistakes of more experienced players or you’re keen to learn some poker tips straight from the pros, we’ve got everything you need. Head to the Ignition Poker strategy page for the inside scoop!

 Omaha Hi-Lo Ranking

Like in any poker game, some hands in Omaha Hi-Lo are stronger than others. Depending on how lucky and strategic you are, you might just find yourself holding a hand to trump all others – but what exactly does that look like?

As you now know, there are two winning hands in Omaha Hi-Lo: the strongest (aka the highest) hand and the weakest (aka the lowest) hand. Let’s take a look at the best hands you can get in each of these categories.

We’ll start with the high hands – the strongest hands here are the same as the strongest hands in games like Texas Hold’em. Y’know, things like flushes and straights. The top five hands for the high category in Omaha Hi-Lo are (in order):

⦁ Royal Flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten in the same suit.
⦁ Straight Flush – Any five sequential cards of the same suit. The higher the ranks, the better the hand.
⦁ Four of a Kind – All four cards from a particular rank. The higher the rank, the better the hand.
⦁ Full House – Two cards of the same rank and three cards of another rank. The higher the ranks, the better the hand.
⦁ Flush – Five non-sequential cards of the same suit. If two or more players hold a Flush, the highest card wins.

Now we’ll talk about low hands. In this category, straights and flushes don’t count for anything. For your hand to qualify as a contender for the winning low hand, it needs to have five cards of distinct ranking under 8. Another important difference? While aces are high in high hands, they’re low in low hands. The four types of hands for the low category in Omaha Hi-Lo are (in order):

⦁ The Wheel/The Bicycle/5-High – 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace
⦁ 6-High – Five differently ranked cards, with the highest being a 6.
⦁ 7-High – Five differently ranked cards, with the highest being a 7.
⦁ 8-High – Five differently ranked cards, with the highest being an 8.

Read more about poker hand rankings here.

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