HiLo Poker Games: Versions
This lesson about HiLo Poker games includes an
Introduction, versions of the game, hand rankings and a description of
the game, Lowball taught at the How
to Play Poker
rules of these games is that the best poker hand and the worst poker
hand split the pot. Therefore HiLo poker games include all
they hold poor hands.
Versions: HiLo Poker Games
The most popular is a 7-card Stud version, however most poker
games can include a HiLo option.
there are generally 2 winners, the pot is split and won by the
highest hand and the lowest hand with additional monies to the high
hand if pot cannot be split evenly.
Interestingly, the same person can take both pots.
for specific versions as agreed, may state that after the final
betting, remaining players must declare whether they are going after
the Hi or Lo pot.
The player who decides Lo, takes 1 chip in their hand; while Hi
requires 2 chips and both pots requires 3 chips.
For those players who have declared the same, the best hand
determines the winner.
Players deciding for both Hi and Lo pots choose two 5-card hands from
the cards held.
Should this same player lose or is tied for either pot, he/she loses
the entire pot.
If no one wins their declared decision, the pot is divided equally
among all remaining players.
Ranking of HILo Poker Hands:
As agreed by all players, the following rules apply to Lo
1) As straights and flushes do not count, the lowest hand would be 5,
4, 3, 2, A.
with some games, the ace is always ranked highest and thus,
flushes and straights do count and would get in the way of the low hand
example described above.
Therefore, with the ace highest rule: 7, 5, 4, 3, 2--not of the same
suit would be the lowest possible hand.
is suggested that aces be high or low and that flushes and straights
not count for low hand leaving 5, 4, 3, 2, A as the lowest possible
2) Wild card games: all wilds are counted as zero,
thus, the lowest hand is 4, 3, 2, A, 0=wild.
Most players state that wild cards are best played at Hi hand poker
games only, as opposed to Lowball or HiLo.
HiLo Poker Games: Lowball
popularity of this game is appealing to players who are dealt poor
quality hands in that the lowest hand takes the entire pot.
The ace is designated as Lo card; therefore, 2 aces are the lowest
As straights and flushes do not count, the lowest possible hand is
5, 4, 3, 2, A, regardless of suits. This particular hand is named a
"wheel" or "bicycle".
Sometimes, 6, 4, 3, 2, A is considered the lowest hand.
game begins with the player closest to the dealer’s left going first.
Usually, there are no rules to open the pot and after the draw, a
player may check.
Two acceptable hands for this HiLo poker game are 9, 7, 5, 4, A or a
hand that has an 8 high.
players do not choose to draw 2 or 3 cards and the declared winner is
the player who stays with their cards or draw only 1 card.
Omaha HiLo Poker Game: 8 or Better
You may hear this split pot game called Omaha HiLo, Omaha 8, or simply
Eight or Better. It is all the same game.
are two versions, Omaha Hi only and Omaha HiLo Eight or Better which
is a game where the Hi hand and Lo hand splits the pot.
Omaha HiLo seems to be the most popular with the players and you will
find more of these games than you will Omaha Hi only.
Limit Omaha HiLo is gaining in popularity as players like the chance
of having a split pot. Because the Hi and Lo hands are splitting the
pot, there are more players staying in for the River card making many
of the pots very large.
Poker Games is followed by a Holdem vs. Omaha comparison
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