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Omaha with 5 hole cards?

Discussion in 'Dealer's Choice Games' started by Jeff, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Jeff

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    I played at a dealer's choice home game and someone called OHL and they played it with 5 hole cards. Is Omaha hi-low with 5 hole cards spread at any Casinos?
     
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    Yes, very fun game.
    Not often is it found, but plays exactly as Omaha does however with 5 hole cards. Must use two from your hand.
     
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    played for the very first time this Saturday.

    It was called thirty-seven.

    You needed to have trips to win high, or a 7 low.


    Craziness. and fun.
     
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  4. Jeff

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    It was a good change of pace, although it was harder to figure out what was going to win after playing 4-card omaha for what little experience I have.

    Additionally, they played it where there was always a low hand, you didn't need three cards 8 or under on the board to have a low.

    All in all, the game encouraged loose play.
     
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    Is it using 5 hole cards throughout all betting rounds, or is like pineapple and you discard one?
     
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    You had 5 for all betting rounds.

     
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    They spread this at a local Indian casino, they call it "Big-O". It plays HiLo (8OB), and is usually a splash fest. It's good fun, and it's great to take advantage of all the nitty players who don't understand how many CCHHHOOIICCCESSS you get :cool:
     
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    I've played variants like this, we called it crazy pineapple omaha (H & H/L) or CPIO for short. I've heard of another variant where you discard a card on every street, not sure if it was played HE or Omaha style though.
     
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    John Vorhaus identifies this game exactly as you have in his home game primer Poker Night: Winning at Home, the Casino and Beyond (which I highly recommend, BTW). He mentions that he's seen it at a smaller club in Ventura, CA called the Player's Club.

    If you think five-card Omaha is wild, try mixing it with tic-tac-toe, especially as JV suggests (he calls it "Bughouse" in the book, and adds in the option to use all five cards in your hand instead of making your hand from two in your hand and three on board; I call this game "Tic-Tac-Dough," in honor of one of my favorite game shows)

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    Yeah I forgot about the Player's Club! I grew up in Ventura, but was too young to play there when I lived there...I was referring to Chumash casino in Santa Ynez, and although the poker room is dying there they probably still spread it. Time to head back to Ventura this week!
     
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    Used to play a split variant of this called Timbuk (no idea why). You get 4 cards in your hand, create a cross of down cards like the picture below

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    Bet, flip one of the 2 card stacks, . . . the 3 card stack in the center is flipped last and you now have 4 cards in your hand + 7 cards on the board either up/down or left/right to make your best hi card hand (rarely less then a boat) and your best timbuk. A timbuk is the most parts to a str8 flush. For example, 234s is beat by 456s which is beat by 2345s which is beat by 789Ts etc. A str8 flush can easily scoop the whole pot. Basically, not a lot of strategy other then playing connected cards but seems to keep a lot of people invovled.
     
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    I love 5 card Omaha - We call it Big Mitt and many times play it with trips or better to win and a 7 low qualifier.
     
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    Love the sounds of that Timbuk hachkc....I can't wait to call it next week!
     
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    We play a version of this but we play it must use 3 in the hand, 2 on the board. We call it Dan's game as he is the one that usually calls it. It get's kind of crazy both high and low as boats are totally hidden and figuring out if your low is good because it is harder to have 3 very low cards in the hand.
     
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    Didja notice all those twos?
     
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    When you play it with a trips or better qualifier for high, what happens if at the river/showdown no one has trips? Just the guys still in at the river play the next game or is everyone dealt in?
     
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    We have played to two ways. If there is a showdown between two or more players with no qualifying winner then a new hand is delt between those players.

    The other is if the players still in the pot at showdown can decide to chop the pot.
     
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