In Omaha, you’re generally dealt four cards. There are five and six card variants which we won’t be offering just yet.
Pot-limit Omaha (PLO) is very similar to no-limit Hold’em in regard to hand rankings. Nothing changes there and you can revert again back to our hand rankings page to understand them. There are some very important rules in PLO that we need to understand that differ from NLH.
One of the biggest differences that players need to understand is that you must use two of your cards from your four that were dealt and must use three of the five community cards, in NLH you may use one of your two cards to make the strongest hand.
A very common mistake from beginners in PLO is thinking that you may use all the cards you were dealt. If you are dealt Ace, Ace, Ace, Five (A,A,A,5) you DO NOT have trips (three of a kind). Right now your strongest possible hand is one pair of Aces.
Another common mistake is if the hand you were dealt is Ace, Ace , Five, Five (A, A, 5, 5) and the board (flop, turn and river) shows Three, Four, Six, Seven, Ten (3, 4, 6, 7, 10) the player DOES NOT have a straight. Remember you must use two of your hole cards to make a hand. In this scenario, the strongest hand would still be one pair of Aces.
We’ll use the same example for PLO that we did for NLH with a $1/$2 cash game to understand betting amounts:
The small blind posts $1 and the big blind posts $2. There is now a combined amount of $3 in the pot. Players just like in NLH can make the minimum raise to $4 which is double the big blind but instead of having the other option of going all in the maximum raise would be $7 (AKA pot sized bet). This amount is calculated on the basis of completing or calling the big blind amount of $2 and raising another big blind of $2.
If there is $100 in the pot and the flop has been dealt the first bet can be anything up to $100 as it is a Pot sized bet. Whereas in a no-limit format you can bet up to the amount of money you have left at the time. We must emphasize the importance of understanding the rules of Omaha. It’s important to know that there is no cap to the amount of raises allowed.
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