How do you identify a “dangerous” starting hand at Omaha High-Low?
Depending partly on how you decide to define “bad.” I can quickly pick out the 13 WORST starting hands. They’re the quadruplets of all thirteen ranks with the deuces being the worst of the worst and the Aces being the best of the worst. That’s because NONE of them can form a low and their high can only be, at most, two pairs (you MUST use exactly two cards from your four card hand). So, it’s conceivable for a high two pair to take the high half, or even the whole pot, if there’s no low, but the twos can never win except by a bluff that goes uncalled. In practice, trips in the hand aren’t a whole lot better.
Every other starting hand is relative and its value depends almost entirely on the board cards. If the flop and turn cards are favorable, almost any four-card combination can turn into “the nuts” for one half of the pot on the river.
So, what we really need to be cautious with are the DANGEROUS hands that are likely to come in SECOND or third best, or get quartered at the showdown. (I once got sixth-ed when three of us tied for low and a single player won high with a low flush. Unlikely things happen every day at the tables.)
What Omaha High-Low starting hands seem the most dangerous to you? Why do you think so?