Omaha Hi-Lo Best Starting Hands

Omaha hi-lo is a hand driven game; the player with the best hand is likely to win, so there's not much bluffling involved. Having the omaha hi-lo best starting hands is essential to winning to game - if you don't have a good hand, you need to know when to quit so you don't lose any money.

Premium Hands

Omaha hi-lo best starting hands are, of course, the premium hands. If you have one of these hands you're in an excellent position to potentially win the game. However, with omaha hi-lo you can also win with a low hand; the pot is split between the lowest hand and the highest hand, so having the weakest hand in the game could also win you some money.

The best omaha hi-lo premium hands are:

  • A-A-2-X
  • A-A-3-X
  • A-2-3-x
  • A-2-4-x
  • A-2-x-x
  • A-3-4-x
  • A-A-x-x

The above hands vary in strength depending on the other cards you have, indicated by the 'x' in the list above. From that point, it's up to you to judge whether your hand is strong enough to win the game. Most x cards containing a 6 - 9 usually result in a much weaker hand, but in general most of these combinations are particularly good hands in omaha hi-lo.

You can also play the following top-ten omaha hi-lo best starting hands:

  • A-A-2-3 DS
  • A-A-2-4 DS
  • A-A-2-3 Suited
  • A-A-2-5 DS
  • A-A-2-4 Suited
  • A-A-3-4 DS
  • A-A-2-3 Non-suited
  • A-A-2-2 DS
  • A-A-3-5 DS
  • A-A-2-6 DS

In this list, 'DS' refers to 'double suited'. Double-suited is quite a bit stronger than single suited or non-suited hands and is considered the safest option when you don't have premium cards to play.

Playable Hands

As well as omaha hi-lo best starting hands, there are few hands that are considered 'playable' and could potentially win you the losing jackpot. These include:

  • A-A-2-x
  • A-A-3-x
  • A-A-4-5
  • A-2-3-x
  • A-2-K-K
  • A-2-Q-Q
  • A-2-J-J
  • A-3-4-5
  • A-2-K-Q
  • A-2-K-J
  • A-2-x-x (Suited ace)
  • A-3-K-K
  • A-3-4-x
  • 2-3-4-5 (Fold if there is no ace on the flop)

Any card between 10 and Ace is also considered playable.

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