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Understanding Pot-Limit Omaha

Understanding Pot-Limit Omaha

Behind only Texas Hold ‘Em Poker in popularity worldwide, Pot-Limit Omaha has a lot of things in common with its famous cousin Hold ‘Em. But, Pot-Limit Omaha is a lot like going backwards in time and playing ‘old-school’. Here are the basics of Pot-Limit Omaha to give you a better understanding of the format.

Double The Cards
In Pot-Limit Omaha, you are dealt four cards instead of two in your hand. Using these two cards and the three community cards (flop, turn and river) you must make up a standard five-card poker hand. This differs from No-Limit Hold ‘Em where you can play zero cards from your hand, if you so wish.

Don’t Get Carried Away By the Flop
Pocket Aces are the best hand possible. However, while any Aces are technically going to be the best hand pre-flop, don’t get carried away after the flop especially if they do not improve. Aces can be outdrawn much easier in PLO than in Texas Hold ‘Em.

It Takes A Strong Hand
One final tip to playing PLO better is that it takes a much stronger hand to win in a showdown situation. As players hold onto cards there is a much bigger chance of hitting something big.

Pot-Limit Omaha can seem intimidating, but with these tips and some practice, you can ace it too!