OMAHA-hi/lo your opinions needed

need help understanding what is “lo”—…first let me preface the following question by saying that I believe that most everyone playing at RP would agree that the “ACE” is the lowest card in the deck—example:–If you were to settle a bet by cutting a deck of cards and “low card wins” the person drawing an ACE would win the bet against the person who cut a “2”. That is common knowledge—
My QUESTION is which of the two hands that I have listed here do you believe should win the “LO”
pot when playing omaha/hi-lo
2-4-5-6-7. thank you

Hi pairadicejo,

7-6-5-4-2 will beat 8-5-4-2-A

Low hands are graded starting with the high card of the five, so all 7-high hands will beat all 8-high hands and aces will not get considered unless all 4 other cards are identical, such as 8-7-6-5-2 vs 8-7-6-5-A

Here is the Replay help article on Hi Lo, where your hands are listed as #20 and #24


Rob…thanks so much for clearing this up for me…the link was very helpful. I have much to learn, I need to re-think my reliance on the ACE in the LO game which has always influenced my wagering habits when chasing the low pot.-----thx again/joe

A2458 would be lowest at 20. 24567totals 24

It has nothing to do with the value of the cards mathematically. To win low, your highest low card must be lower than any other player, and your lowest card must also be as low or lower than any other player. In between these extremes, the lowest of the three remaining cards is the determiner, all other cards being equal. A 2 4 5 6 beats A 2 4 5 7, and A 2 4 5 7 loses to A 2 3 5 7, but A 2 3 4 5 beats all others.

need help understanding what is “lo”—…
The problem is obvious. You must have run across lowball somewhere. In lowball, yes, a pair of aces IS lower than a pair of 2s. The problem is that this isn’t lowball. It’s Omaha. In Omaha hi-lo, the low MUST meet a qualification: it MUST contain 5 different rank cards below an 9 (that’s what the 8-or-better means). In lowball, there is no qualifier. My pair of Qs beats your pair of Ks. In Omaha, a pair ISN’T a low. Among non-paired low hands, the winner has the lowest HIGH card, in sequence down to the fifth highest card in the hand. If they all match, they tie–which is how you can lose money even when winning a hand but being tied (quartered or sixthed). Hope this helps.

Thanks… I understand, I have alot to learn… thx again

Thx Alan…I get it now-- I have alot to learn…thx for responding

thx for responding…your math is correct…but your answer is wrong…in my example …the winning LO hand is 24567…thx again

Chase… thx for responding…I understand now… have much to learn, thx for helping

In any hi/low game, the object is to scoop, that is, win both high AND low. That’s one reason aces are so strong… they have potential both ways

A hand containing an ace and a deuce will often give you the best possible low. Everyobne will be playing 3 low cards from the board and 2 from their hand. Having the 2 lowest possible cards in your hand is a big advantage there.

Having an ace plus 2 or 3 wheel cards (A-5) is good, because it’s less likely you will be counterfeited. For example, having only A2 in your hand isn’t great if a 2 hits the board.