Comparing Pot-Limit Omaha to Texas Hold’em
By Bob Garcia
A number of differences separate PLO from Texas Hold’em
Both Texas Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) are variations of poker that exist today. As time goes by, both games have created their own popularity and have started to boom within the poker community, which is impressive because not many variations have been able to hold their own, losing momentum after several years. The good news here is that PLO is very similar to Hold’em, so it is ideal for those who want to venture into a new experience, but without having to start from scratch. Still, there are several aspects that have to be differentiated, as well as the necessary PLO strategies.
To begin with and to have a clear idea, it is necessary to know that PLO is played with four cards instead of two. Two of those four cards must be used to make a hand. PLO is based on the ot-limit format, meaning that the size of the pot determines the maximum bet size.
Regarding the basic rules, there is no need to go into too much detail because they are essentially the same as Texas Hold’em; however, players tend to get confused because they have to use precisely two cards from their hands. For example, if you have a hand like 10h 10d 6s 7d, there is no doubt that your best hand is only a pair of tens. This is because you cannot use only one card to make a straight, so the “10” is not useful.
You also can’t use a single card to make a flush, so you would need another heart in your hand to do so. This is precisely one of the biggest pet peeves in PLO, as many novices think they can pull off some of these moves without actually having the cards necessary to do so.