Cards from Your Hand

It i s crucial t hat you remember t his rule. I have often seen people misread their hands because they've forgotten it. They might think, for example, that if the board reads

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and they have 0-0-0 - in their hand, then they have a wheel. They sometimes misread their hands, thinking they can use the 2-3-4-5 from the board combined with the ace from the hand for a five low. I n reality, t hey have a seven low—the A-7 from the hand combined with the 2-3-4 from the board (7-4-3-2-A). Hold'em players who are switching over to 0maha often make t his s ort of miscalculation.

Remember that you may use two cards for high and two diiferent down cards for l ow in the same hand. 0f course, you may also use the same two cards for high and low if you choose.

Using Two Down Cards for High and the Other Two for Low

If you have A-— in your hand (this i s a pretty good starting hand) a nd a board of 4-5-8-^, your l ow hand wiil b e 8-5-4-2-A, or the best possible l ow hand in this case. For l ow, you use the A-2 from your hand and the 8-5-4 from the board. Your high hand wiil be Q^M— or top two pair of queens and jacks, using the Q- from your hand and the Q--8 from the board. In this example you're using A-2 for l ow and Q- for high.

Using the Same Two Down Cards for Both High and L o w

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If you have a hand of then you use

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and a board of

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for the second-best possible l ow hand of 8 -6-5-3-A. (A-2 would make t he best possible l ow in this

case.) For high you would also use the nut ( best possible) flush. As you can see from this example, it's possible to use the same two cards from your hand for both high and low. Having the best possible high hand and the second-best possible low hand in the same hand is a stunning sensation. You may well scoop both the high and the l ow halves of t he pot with this hand.

Using One Card Twice: Once for High and Once for Low

If you have a hand of_V "[^"[V^nd the board shows 0 --

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then you would use the A-4 from your hand for the second-best possible l ow hand of 7-5-4-2-A. You would use the A-7 portion of y our hand for a high hand of A-7-7-Q-K, or j ust a pair of sevens with A-K-Q kickers. This hand is a lot weaker than the previous example, with one pair of s evens serving as your high hand and the second-best low working as your low hand. But it's not bad: an excellent s hot at l ow and an outside shot at high.

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