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Qualifying Low Hands in Omaha/8

 

 

Qualifying Low Hands in Omaha/8 - One of the hardest concepts for me in learning high low poker games like Omaha/8 was getting a handle on the qualifying low hands. This article lists the qualifying low hands in order

Qualifying Low Hands in Omaha/8


In Omaha/8, which is often called Omaha hi-lo or Omaha high low, half the pot is split when someone has a qualifying low hand. The concept of a "low hand" is hard for some people to get their arms around, and since it's something I'd like to learn, I decided to put together an article that both explained the concept and that listed the qualifying low hands in order.

Qualifying Low Hands

To have a qualifying low hand, you must be able to make a five card hand with an 8 or lower as its highest ranked card. Straights and flushes do not count against you when determining a low hand though, although pairs and trips do count against you.

Ranking Low Hands

To determine who has the best low hand, you start by comparing the highest card in the hand. So a hand with its highest card being an 8 would not be as good as a hand with its highest card being a 7. These hands would be referred to as an "8 low" and a "7 low" respectively.

If the two hands have the same high card, you then compare the next highest card. And if those cards have the same ranking, then you compare the next highest card, until you've compared all the cards. The worst possibly low hand you could have would be 8-7-6-5-4, and the best possible low would be A-2-3-4-5.

To determine the best possible low hand in a game with community cards, you would take the 3 lowest cards (8 or below) on the board (the shared cards), then determine what the lowest 2 cards someone could have in his or her hand that wouldn't pair the board. A lot of times this will be A-2, but not always.

You shouldn't need to memorize the chart of low hands below, but with any luck, it will be illustrative and interesting at the same time. The table is in order of best low hand to worst low hand.

Qualifying Low Hands Chart from Best to Worst

1 A-2-3-4-5
2 A-2-3-4-6
3 A-2-3-5-6
4 A-2-4-5-6
5 A-3-4-5-6
6 2-3-4-5-6
7 A-2-3-4-7
8 A-2-3-5-7
9 A-2-4-5-7
10 A-3-4-5-7
11 2-3-4-5-7
12 A-2-3-6-7
13 A-2-4-6-7
14 A-3-4-6-7
15 2-3-4-6-7
16 A-2-5-6-7
17 A-3-5-6-7
18 2-3-5-6-7
19 A-4-5-6-7
20 2-4-5-6-7
21 3-4-5-6-7
22 A-2-3-4-8
23 A-2-3-5-8
24 A-2-4-5-8
25 A-3-4-5-8
26 2-3-4-5-8
27 A-2-3-6-8
28 A-2-4-6-8
29 A-3-4-6-8
30 2-3-4-6-8
31 A-2-5-6-8
32 A-3-5-6-8
33 2-3-5-6-8
34 A-4-5-6-8
35 2-4-5-6-8
36 3-4-5-6-8
37 A-2-3-7-8
38 A-2-4-7-8
39 A-3-4-7-8
40 2-3-4-7-8
41 A-2-5-7-8
42 A-3-5-7-8
43 2-3-5-7-8
44 A-4-5-7-8
45 2-4-5-7-8
46 3-4-5-7-8
47 A-2-6-7-8
48 A-3-6-7-8
49 2-3-6-7-8
50 A-4-6-7-8
51 2-4-6-7-8
52 3-4-6-7-8
53 A-5-6-7-8
54 2-5-6-7-8
55 3-5-6-7-8
56 4-5-6-7-8

Okay, I was right. Putting up this chart of qualifying low hands in Omaha/8 did make the concepts more understandable for me. I hope the chart above is helpful to you also.


Other stuff of interest to Omaha players that's available on this site:

Omaha/8 SnG Strategy - Learn to win sit and go tournaments.

Omaha SnG Strategy - Prefer Omaha high tournaments? This is the article for you.

Poker hand rankings would also be a related subject.


This page was last updated on January 5, 2006.