Omaha Poker (or Pot Limit Omaha Poker)
We offer Pot Limit Omaha online that you can play as Freerolls or Cash Game variants. Since we have explained the way to play Texas Hold’em poker above, we can point out the differences that the two variants have.
How Pot Limit Omaha is different from Texas Hold’em Poker?
1. Omaha players are dealt four face-down cards each as opposed to two.
2.The players must use 2 of their Hole Cards to make their best possible hand.
3.This is a Pot Limit Game, only allowing players to place a maximum raise equal to the size of the pot.
How to play Pot Limit Omaha?
Given a minimum of two and a maximum of nine players (usually), one can join in to play Pot Limit Omaha. Since Pot Limit Omaha involves four cards, a lot of changes with respect to the strength of your hand. For example, medium flushes or sets may not qualify for a very great hand. You would find yourself beaten or worse still- drawing dead very often if you choose to play such hands often. The game ends when a player makes the best five card hand. This is subjected to the condition that a player can use exactly two of his Hole Cards and three of the Community Cards- and this rule is irrevocable.
The Dealer and the Blinds
Once the Dealer is decided as above, he/she is allotted the Dealer button. This Dealer button is symbolic of the centre of proceedings in a game. This Dealer is also responsible for shuffling up the cards first hand and to thus kick-off the placement of Blinds. Just like Texas Hold’em Poker, two players to the immediate left of the Dealer put their blinds as Small Blind and Big Blind respectively. The Small Blind is usually half that of the Big Blind.
Dealing the Cards again
The placement of Blinds is followed by dealing one card (face-down) at a time to each player in a clockwise manner, repeated four times.
The Pre-Flop round starts as soon as the last of the four cards is dealt face down to the last player on a table. In this round, the action kicks off in a clockwise manner. This round concludes with all the players wagering the same (common) amount of money.
Pre-Flop round is followed by the Flop. In a game of Pot Limit Omaha poker, a total of five Community Cards are drawn by the Dealer. The Flop means the presence of the first three face-up cards that are dealt.
This is followed by another round starting from the player sitting to the left of the Dealer. All players have an option to Check, Call or Raise.
This is followed by a similar round called Turn, in which the Dealer casts-off the topmost card with him and again presents one face-up card next to the Flop. Action starts all over again and round concludes once every player has either matched the previous wager or folded his/her hands.
River and Showdown
The last round of dealing Community Cards is called River. It is famous as the ‘Make or Break’ round because it is the last step before Showdown and a new card dealt often completely changes the complexion of the game.
After one more round, all remaining players go into the Showdown to determine who has the best combination of cards. This combination is seen from three Community Cards and two of the four Hole Cards.
How is the winner determined in Pot Limit Omaha?
This is the tricky part. Pot Limit Omaha differs by a mile when it comes to figuring out the winner as compared to Texas Hold'em. However, the Hand Rankings remains the same between the two.
- The players are allowed to use only and exactly two hole cards and three Community Cards, to make their best hand possible. This also forms the basis to be the winner.
- In case of a deadlock with regards to common weak cards with all the players, then the winner is decided on the basis of the highest valued single card.
- All participants must use two cards of their own. In case they all have a straight board, they will complete it with their two cards and to emerge as the winner.
- The relevancy and priority of cards are irrelevant to the strength of a hand.
5 Card PLO
This popular version of PLO was introduced on PokerBaazi on July 1’19 and differs slightly from the 4 card variant. In this format, 5 hole cards are dealt instead of 4 and a player must use 2 hole cards and 3 community cards to complete his/her best 5 card combination. The game also follows a ‘pot limit’ structure, just like in the regular variant.