Gauging Omaha Hi Lo Hand Strength

One of my personal favorite games is Omaha Hi Low. I have been playing much more of it on Party Poker than I have Omaha. The reason for this is that the games are generally juicier, and it is generally fairly easy to tell what to do with a hand. Basically, if after the flop you don’t have a hand or a draw you would be happy pushing all your chips in with, dump it. If you do, bet it. Don’t slow play and try to trap. Obviously this is very simplified, but playing just this strategy would make money on Party.

But what hands should you play preflop? Every hand you get looks like it could hit something. They are filled with suited connectors, medium pairs, and 4 cards in a row. Here is a simple point system that tells you what is worth playing, and what is pure junk.

SCORE YOUR OMAHA HAND LIKE THIS

Pairs

Aces = 20 Points
Kings = 13
Queens = 12
Jacks = 11
All other count as their face value. i.e. a pair of 7’s is worth 7
Knock off half the points if you have trips. Don’t play 4 of the same card in your hand under any circumstances

Flushes

2 Card Flush with Ace High – 10 points
All other flushes count 4 points.
If you have 3 or 4 of the same suit in your hand knock off half

Straights

2 Card Straights or 1 gappers = 2 points
3 Card Straights = 6 points
4 Card Straights = 8 points

Lows

A-2 = 20
A-3 = 15
A-4, 2-3 = 10
A-5 2-4, 2-5 =7
3-4 3-5 4-5 = 5

Now add up all your points. The best hand possible is AA23 with two suited aces. That scores 85. All others score less than that.

IF YOU SCORE

15 : Complete small blind
25 : Consider calling
40 : Consider Raising
50 : Re-raise

Of course you have to take into account other factors, such as position, people at the table, but this will give you a good idea of relative hand value.