The ten golden rules of Omaha 8 – Parts 5 and 6

By | February 25, 2014


5: The way to avoid being counterfeited is to hold re-draws

The strongest hands are those which can make the nuts with re-draws. For example if you have A♦  2♦  3♥   on a board of 4♦  7♦  8♠ , then you have a made low, redraws to the low if you are counterfeited, and a draw to the nut flush. This will match up well against any hand. Where possible you should seek to play hands which have some combination of suited aces, wheel cards and counterfeit protection.

6: Middle cards are death

A hand like 8-9-T-J may look pretty, but it is badly flawed. If it makes the higher end of a straight, then a low is likely to be possible on board. If it makes the lower end of a straight or a flush it will not be the nuts. The nine is the single worst card in the deck because it cannot contribute to a low. This led Dan Deepen, an Omaha Hi Lo expert, to describe the nine as ‘the card of death.’
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.