The ten golden rules of Omaha 8 – Parts 3 and 4

By | February 23, 2014


3: Try to avoid being quartered, or worse, taking a sixth of a pot

Omaha 8 players dream of scooping whole pots. The converse of scooping is being quartered or worse taking a sixth of the pot. Typically this happens when you hold A-2 for a nut low but with a weak high hand.  Being quartered means you will break even on any bets made in a four way pot, but lose money in a three way pot or heads up. When there is heavy action on the flop or turn (for example a bet and a raise) and you suspect you are playing for only a share of the low, then you should frequently fold.

4: The only thing that is worse than being quartered is… being counterfeited

Imagine you flop the nut low with A-2-T-K on a 4-7-8 board. You are third to act and there is a bet and a raise in front of you. You have the nuts, yet your opponents are throwing their money at you. Life couldn’t be better, right? Well, unfortunately, no…. When you have the nut low with no redraws, and no prospect of a high, then you are playing for only half the pot at best. Your opponents’ action indicates that at least one or both of them may already be splitting the low with you. Worse, approximately 25% of the time, an ace or deuce will land on the turn or river, counterfeiting your low, and giving someone with A-3-x-x or 2-3-x-x a better low than you. The moral of the story: Proceed very cautiously when bet into with the bare nut low and no redraws. In other words, you want hands which can hit the board hard.

This is an extract from Omaha 8 or Better – Winning at Hi Low poker by Andy Mack

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Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

About Andy 'IggyPop77' Mack

Andy's first love was chess. Three times a competitor in the British Championships, he has played regularly at international level, achieving the rank of FIDE Master. On a fateful day in 2007 Andy visited Las Vegas for the first time. Since that point, his attention has switched from chess to poker. Initially focusing on Hold'em, Andy has branched out, and has been working hard over the past couple of years to perfect his Omaha 8 game. He also plays all the other variants of the 8 Game. Away from poker, Andy's hero is rock star Iggy Pop. Andy claims to love Iggy's wild man image, although even his best friends would find it hard to compare Andy's solid poker style with that of the Godfather of Punk.