How to Play Pot Limit Omaha

Pot Limit Omaha, or PLO as it is more commonly known, is an exciting form of poker that is a popular variation of the main form of poker played today, Texas Hold'em.

Most of the rules in PLO, including hand rankings, are the same as Texas Hold'em except for one major difference - the number of cards you start with.

The game starts with each player being dealt 4 hole cards, face down, followed by a round of betting. The flop is then dealt, which is 3 cards face up. These are known as community cards as they can be used by all players in the game in order to make the best hand. Following the flop, there is another round of betting. Then comes the turn card, followed by further round of betting. Then the last card, the river is dealt, followed by the final round of betting.

As mentioned above the main difference with PLO is the number of cards you are dealt. The most popular form of Omaha involves players starting with 4 cards, although, depending on how many players are in the game, you could start with 5,6,7 or even 8! In PLO you have to use exactly 3 cards on the board, with two of your hole cards to create the best 5-card hand. 

For example:

If you are dealt the following hand in Pot Limit Omaha:

And the board comes... don't have a flush, as you must use two of your four starting cards.

Up your Game - the basics of PLO

Watch the short video below, which helps to summarise the basics of PLO.

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