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    Question Hi-lo

    Does anyone out there actually enjoy playing hi-lo, be it 7-card or Omaha?
    For me it is self-defeating; you play to get the best hand - I don't think I'll ever be comfortable chasing a pot to come last.
    I suppose most Oz casinos aren't legislated for hi-lo in cash games and it's a tournament only occurance so maybe I shouldn't be too concerned.....but who knows a decade down the track - might be all low-low games?

    Omaha picking up momentum everywhere now it seems; 7-card back in 5 years?

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    Johnny Too Bad is offline PNW Amateur
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    Oma-huh?

    The moment I walked in the room, I found a seat to play.
    Then and there I knew this was to be my lucky day.
    My favorite table, favorite seat, my favorite dealer Joe.
    It used to be my favorite game... Omaha Hi-Lo.

    I settled in, I knew that I would be there for a while,
    I posted blind to let them know, aggression was my style.
    The first few hands the flops were high, with no chance for a split,
    I never called to see a flop, without the best of it.

    Then, as I wondered, "What would be the first hand I could play?"
    I looked down at two clubs, Ace/Deuce and two hearts, King and Trey.
    I thought, "Thats why I love this game." and fired off a raise.
    "I hope that no one drops out, I hope everybody plays"

    The limpers called, I knew they would, they hadn't had enough.
    The Flop came 3-4-5 of clubs. For them, this would be rough.
    I'd flopped the Nut-Lo and I had the second nut for Hi,
    So, when the betting started, now my limit was the sky.

    The field had narrowed down to three, just me and these two sods.
    I raised them and they raised me back, they thought they had the odds.
    The Turn card didn't make a dent, a bricky nine of spades.
    We left the third man on this street, he stopped to wipe his shades.

    We raised each other back and forth and forth and back non-stop.
    With just the two of us remaining , now there was no cap.
    He tossed his last chips in the pot and I was left with none.
    I wished we both had bigger stacks before we had begun.

    The River didn't mean a thing, the flop had made our hands.
    I showed my Nut-Lo straight flush and I did a little dance.
    He boasted Seven/Six of clubs and let out such a laugh.
    It was a total letdown seeing I would win just half.

    I watched in dumbstruck silence, couldn't think of what to say.
    The dealer mucked my cards and pushed the pot the other way.
    I cried out "Dealer, split the pot! The Lo-ball hand is mine!"
    He said "This isn't Hi-Lo sir. Did you not read the sign?"
    JTB

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    Default Re: Hi-lo

    Quote Originally Posted by dr_protocol View Post
    I don't think I'll ever be comfortable chasing a pot to come last.
    You're coming last. The rules are half for the highest and half for the lowest (or splits or part of)

    Never play Razz then? Make the lowest (Not the worst) hand and you win. Its all depends on the rules of the game.

    Look at Badugi. The best hand is ridiculous, but its the rules that define the best and worst hands not the cards themselves.

    If you're playing to come last then you're playing to lose, but playing fo rthe high and low pots is not playing to lose.

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    Hi dr-protocol,
    High-Low games compared with Texas is like comparing Bridge with the game Snap.
    Once yu learn H-L you will never play texas again.Texas is too boring.
    H-L will never catch on completely as the game is too hard for most poker players.
    I know heaps of Texas stars ,young and old,who just can't grasp H-L.
    There is just too much skill involved in H-L for them.
    John Kocbek.

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    Default Re: Hi-lo

    Quote Originally Posted by JK. View Post
    Hi dr-protocol,
    High-Low games compared with Texas is like comparing Bridge with the game Snap.
    Once yu learn H-L you will never play texas again.Texas is too boring.
    H-L will never catch on completely as the game is too hard for most poker players.
    I know heaps of Texas stars ,young and old,who just can't grasp H-L.
    There is just too much skill involved in H-L for them.
    I agree with this. have just started to dabble with split games and the are so much more fun, lower variance (so far) and keep you constantly thinking about your next move.

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