Pot-Limit Omaha has its own magic. After Texas Holdem, Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) is the most played poker game in the world, even in India. Even in the online poker rooms, the standard 4-Card PLO has been a huge success and today there are different variants of Omaha games that people can play online. Enter 5-Card PLO
5 Card PLO is played with Pot-Limit rules. So, the maximum bet amount permitted is the total size of the pot. The rules of Five-Card PLO is the same as 4-Card PLO with the only exception of an extra hole card dealt to each player at the table. As the name suggests, in 5-Card PLO players receive 5 hole cards and must make the best hand possible using 2 hole cards and 3 community cards.
PLO has always been a game of nuts, holding a pair or two rarely wins any hand. But, 5-Card PLO is a bit harder since even straights and flushes are fairly commonplace. The ranges played by a player should always be tighter since all players have 5 cards and chasing straights and flushes should always to the nuts (even this doesn’t guarantee a winning hand).
Even though bluffing in PLO is comparatively lesser than Texas Holdem, there is even less of it happening in 5-Card PLO. Also, bankroll management is of crucial importance in 5-Card PLO since the variance is greater than its standard counterpart and much, much higher than Texas Holdem poker.
Q. How to play 5-Card PLO?
The rules are the same as 4-Card PLO - every player is dealt five cards face down with five community cards being placed on the table (whose value is shown as the round progresses). Each player has to make the best five-card combination from among the board and personal cards and bet on the same. But, unlike Texas Holdem Poker, in 5 Card PLO, players can’t use all five cards, and each player has to choose exactly two of the five-hole cards along with three of the community cards to make the best possible five-card hand.
Q. How to calculate the maximum pot bet amount in 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha?
The maximum amount that a player can bet in PLO games is the total size of the pot. This can be calculated in a fairly simple manner:
[amount required to call big blind/last bet] + [amount in pot after calling big blind/last bet]
Q. What are the different hand rankings in 5-Card PLO?
The hand rankings of 5-Card PLO is the same as Texas Holdem & 4-Card PLO. Just in case, here’s a quick recap of the different hand rankings:
TIP: Always Draw To The Nuts!
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