The Basics of Pot-Limit Omaha

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Predominantly a European game, Pot-Limit Omaha is catching on in other parts of the world too.  This strategic game makes players keep several poker concepts in mind at once, which makes it quite challenging.  But learning this game will certainly pay dividends because there are a lot of fish who populate the PL Omaha tables.

Pot-Limit Omaha Rules

The basic structure of Pot-Limit Omaha is very similar to regular Omaha rules; the betting limits are the only thing that differ.  After the two blinds are placed, a PL Omaha hand begins with each player receiving 4 hole cards.  Players will then make their pre-flop wagers before the flop is dealt.  Each subsequent betting round begins with players placing wagers before and after the next card is dealt.

The goal of Pot-Limit Omaha is to make the best possible five-card hand using two cards from your 4 hole cards, and two cards from the board (a maximum of 5 cards are placed on the board).  The betting limit in PL Omaha is determined by the size of the pot.  So if the pot were $10, and a wager of $5 was placed before you, you could then raise the pot by $20 (call the raise of $5 and bet an additional $15).

Pot-Limit Omaha Strategy

Much like regular Omaha, you must remember that PL Omaha is nothing like Texas Hold’em.  More players will be seeing the flop in PL Omaha, so you’ll want to follow suit and call if you have any semblance of good cards.  Also, position will mean a lot less in Pot-Limit Omaha since you are basically going to be drawing for the top hand every time (whether it be a set, straight, or flush).  One more thing to remember is that you can play a lot tighter in Pot-Limit Omaha because is primarily a drawing game.

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