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Single Pots Versus Split Pots

Seven-card stud, hold'em, and Omaha high have a single pot that's divided only in cases of a tie for best hand. In split-pot games like Omaha/8 or 7-stud/8, the best high hand and the best qualifying low hand divide the spoils, provided someone makes a low hand. Five unpaired cards, all with a rank of eight or lower, comprise a low hand. While there's always a high hand in split-pot games, there isn't necessarily a low hand. When there's no qualifying low at showdown, the high hand "scoops" - it wins the entire pot.

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