In this edition of Poker Jargon Explained, we continue our look at poker variants outside of Texas Hold’em, such as Stud poker. This time we look at Omaha poker. Omaha is the second most popular form of poker in the world and the most popular in Europe.
Omaha is a game of big cards and big draws. It is an action game that is both loved and hated by high stakes players around the world. If you’re planning to play the game, you need to learn the lingo and below we cover the lingo of the two most common forms of the game.
Pot-Limit Omaha is the most popular form of Omaha poker and has the greatest variance among all poker games. The reason is that players are regularly forced to put in huge sums with a big draw. When your draws hit, all is well with the world. When your draws don’t hit, it’s going to be a long day at the tables.
Below are some of the most common terms you will hear in PL Omaha games.
Blockers – When you hold cards in your hand that prevent an opponent from making their straight or flush. For example, if you hold J-J-5-4 and the flop falls K-Q-9, you have two blockers to your opponent’s possible straight.
Dangler – A card in your hand that does not work with your other three cards. An example would be Js-10s-9d-2c. The 2c is your dangler.
Double Suited – When you have two of two separate suits. For example, As-Ad-10s-9d is a double suited hand.
Naked Aces – In Omaha poker, when you have a pair of aces with two unassociated cards, this is holding naked aces. An example would be A-A-3-8 unsuited. This could also be referred to as bare aces.
Pot – In Pot-Limit Omaha poker, the word pot is used as a betting action. Instead of saying bet or raise, you will hear players simply utter pot. This means their bet is the size of the current pot.
Redraw – When a player has a made hand but also hold cards for a higher draw. Such as a player flopping a straight but also has a draw for a flush.
Wrap – a straight draw with more outs than a typical open-ended straight draw. An example is J-10-7-6 and a flop falling 9-8-A. In this scenario, you can hit a straight with a queen, jack, ten, seven, six or five.
Omaha Hi-Lo Lingo
Omaha Hi-Lo is a popular split pot variant of the game. It was typically played in limit format but in recent years, players have begun playing it more pot-limit and there are some no-limit games available online.
Omaha Hi-Lo, also known as Omaha 8 or Better, has its own set of terms. A few you will hear on occasion in other split-pot games but they originated with this game.
Counterfeited – In Omaha Hi-Lo, a situation where your hold the nut low and a card on a later street allows another player to hold a better low. For example, you have A-2-J-10 and the flop falls 4-5-7. You hold the nut low. However, a 2 on the turn would allow A-3 to become nut low. This is call being counterfeited.
Emergency Low– When a player wins the low hand with a low hand that typically will not win. For example, a player has A-K-8-6 and the board runs out A-Q-J-7-5. If nobody else has a low hand and the 8-6 actually plays for the winning low, players will typically needle the player for having an emergency low. A player may refer to their low as an emergency low when they didn’t see it or when they take low after chasing down a high hand.
Half Kill – Same rules as the kill pot except limits are raised by half the next pot. A $2-$4 with a half kill becomes a $3-$6.
Kill Pot – Some Omaha Hi-Lo games incorporate a kill to generate more action. If a players scoops a pot of a certain dollar amount or greater, the next pot is played at double the typical limits. A kill pot in a $2-$4 Omaha Hi-Lo game becomes $4-$8. Also, the winner of the kill pot must post the big blind amount in the kill pot.
Nut Low – The term for when a player has the best low for a hand. Second nut low is the second best low hand, and so forth.
Quartered – A scenario where more than one player wins the same half of a split pot. If two players make a nut low and one player makes high, the two players with nut low chop the low half and are quartered.
Scoop – When a player wins both halves of a potential chopped pot.
Three quarters – When a player wins either high or low and half of the other pot. For example, a player wins the high side and ties for low. This player gets three quarters of the pot.
Wheel – The best possible low, also known as an Ace to five straight. This hand can scoop both high and low.