Omaha Hi Lo is not one of the mainstream games that you see people playing consistently. This is not because it is a bad game, but rather because it is different. In contrast to other poker games, Omaha has a split pot set up. This gets mixed reviews from many people but rave reviews from avid poker players.
The way Omaha works is very similar to Texas holdem, but instead of two cards down in the beginning, you are going to get four. The flop will be three cards of which can be used by everyone. All the cards in the middle are considered community cards.
Players are going to bet after the first cards are dealt, after the flop and after the next two rounds. Each of the next two rounds will be a one card pull that adds to the community cards in the middle. The fourth card is called the 'turn' and the last card is considered the 'river'.
What Makes Omaha Hi Lo Different
Omaha Hi Lo takes a turn at the end. The pot is going to be split between the high hand and a qualifying low hand. A low hand must be an eight or lower. If no one has a low ball hand low enough, the high hand gets the whole pot. This style of a game can get expensive if a very low hand is dealt right away because that person is going to be pumping the pot the entire time.