Today's Event 26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha features a game that not everyone may be familiar with, but has certainly grown immensely in popularity over the past couple of years. The game we're talking about is Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO). In fact, some of the largest games in the world are run strictly with PLO because it tends to induce more action. We all know poker players love action and to gamble, which makes PLO such an intriguing and fun game for them.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the game of PLO, you can refer to the PokerNews Poker Rules: Omaha Poker page to check things out and get a feel for how the game is played. The page is complete with game rules, terms and also strategy links.
Omaha is similar to Hold'em in that it is a flop game, but instead of two hole cards, you receive four. The trick is that you must you two cards from your hole cards and only two cards, to make your best five-card hand at the end. This is the part that sometimes confuses people new to the game as they'll make the mistake of only using one card from their hand or trying to use three.
Just like Hold'em, there is a betting round preflop followed a betting round after each of the flop, turn and river. The most popular form of Omaha is pot-limit, which you'll see here today in Event 26. That means you are only able to bet up to the current amount of the pot at any given time.
If you think you've got the basics down and would like to dive into some strategy, Lex Veldhuis joined Kristy Arnett and Donnie Peters on the Strategy with Kristy podcast to discuss some PLO. Click here to check it out. There's also another podcast with high-stakes cash pro Jared Bleznick where he discusses some PLO. Check that one out here.