Hutchison Point Count System for Omaha High/Low
Omaha High/Low Hutchison Point Count System
Point counts have been used in card games such as bridge for many years as a method to simplify hand evaluation. Their use in poker was not common until 1997 when Edward Hutchison wrote an article in Canadian Poker Monthly that described a point count system that could be used for Omaha High/Low poker. The following will describe this system and list some of its limitations.
Hands can qualify as either a playable high or low hand. Note that a playable low hand can win both the high and low portions of a pot whilst a playable high hand can only win the high portion of a pot.
A hand qualifies as a playable high hand if it meets all of the following three requirements:
Determine the number of low hand points a hand contains by adding together the four factors described below. In the original article it was recommended to play all hands with greater than 20 points and to consider raising with greater than 30 points.
As there with any simplifying system there are limitations as to its accuracy and use. For this system the main limitations are:
Hutchison Point Count Calculator - An online calculator that will analyze a hand and determine if it qualifies as a high hand and the number of low hand points.
Hutchison Point Count Quiz - An online quiz that will test a player's ability to evaluate a hand.
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