Pot Limit Omaha - 5 Card PLO

How To Play 5-Card PLO

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.

  • Opening Deal
    • The dealer deals five cards (hole cards) facedown to every player on the table, starting from his/her left.
  • 1st Round of Betting
    • The player to the left of the Big Blind starts the betting, putting money in the pot. All players are given the opportunity to call the bet, raise or fold. In PLO games, there is a set limit to the betting structure and the maximum players can bet is the total size of the pot.
  • Flop
    • The dealer deals three community cards face-up on the table.
  • 2nd Round of Betting
    • Every player has the option to check, raise or fold. If a raise is made, other players need to call the bet or fold (or raise). If a raise is made, the betting continues. Again, the maximum bet allowed is the total size of the pot.
  • Turn
    • The dealer deals one more community card (the fourth card) on the table.
  • 3rd Round of Betting
    • Once again, every player has the option to check, raise or fold. If a raise is made, other players need to call the bet or fold (or raise). If a raise is made, the betting continues.
  • River
    • The dealer deals the fifth & final community card on the table
  • Final Round of Betting
    • Once again, every player has the option to check, raise or fold. If a raise is made, other players need to call the bet or fold (or raise). If a raise is made, the betting continues.
  • Showdown
    • The players who haven’t folded open their hole cards in turn clockwise around the table. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

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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