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In Omaha hi low, will holding an Ace and a Deuce card automatically give you the "nut low" hand in the event of a qualifying low hand?

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Perhaps an Ace or 2 is on the board. Then the opponents won't need to hold that card to beat you. E.g. if board is A 4 6 7 8, and your opponent holds 23, then they will beat you. –  Mew Jul 29 '14 at 14:12
@Mew You have the start of a good answer there. Would you mind turning it into one ? –  Radu Murzea Jul 29 '14 at 14:35

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You can only lose the low hand if you get counterfeit (when a low card hits the board that also pairs one of your low cards), so that you don't hold the nut low on the river anymore.

If there is a low hand possible, and no A or 2 on the board, you always have the nut low. At worst, you will split the low pot if someone else also has a A2XX hand. With that said, it is possible to win a quarter of the whole pot (50% of low pot and 0% of high pot).

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You have A2, villain has A3.

Board is: 24567.

That gives you a low: A2456

Gives villain low: A2345

Basically, whenever one of your cards pairs, you might be in danger.

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A2 will be nut low when:

  1. There are 3 or more different cards 8 of below on the board.
  2. None of those three board cards is an A or 2.

It might still be nut low in other cases, for example where either the A or the 2 completes a wheel with 4 board cards.

But in most--not all--cases, nut low is the having in your hand the two lowest cards not on the board. Pairing your low cards is a bad thing in Omaha. That's why hands like A23, A24 are much better than those with "naked" A2--the extra low card is "counterfeit protection",

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