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5 Card Pot Limit Omaha Poker

5 Card Pot Limit Omaha is very similar to Pot Limit Omaha in all aspects. However, the only difference is that instead of four hole cards which are dealt in Pot Limit Omaha, in 5 Card Pot Limit Omaha or 5 Card PLO five cards are dealt to each player. Other than that the hand rankings and betting rounds are the same as in Texas Hold’em Poker.

Strategies to play 5 card PLO

  • Pocket Pairs Deteriorate in Value Sooner

With more hand variations and lesser cards on the board, pocket pairs deteriorate in value much quicker in 5 Card Pot-Limit Omaha than in Pot Limit Omaha. Further, if a player is dealt three of a kind as their starting hand, playing for a full house becomes a nightmare. So, it is but obvious that pocket pairs have a much more diminishing value in 5 Card PLO than in PLO. This means that unless a flop turns the same card as your pocket pair, root for a straight draw or a flush draw. 

  • The uniqueness of Starting Hands

Short deck poker has 81 unique starting hands, Texas Hold’em has 169 such unique hands, Pot Limit has a substantial number more, at 16,432, but 5 Card PLO has a staggering 3,31,682 unique starting hands. Therefore, this number should be kept in mind while playing 5 Card PLO. This will increase the variance in probabilities and possibilities. However, one also has to remember that being dealt 5 starting cards will reduce the number of draws and outs on the board.

  • Kings Might Trump Aces

One has to keep in mind that being dealt 5 cards in the starting hand will reduce the number of outs on the board. Being dealt a four of a kind as hole cards is one of the worst things, as odds of getting three of a kind and full house becomes zero. However, flush draws become a higher possibility as your own hand will have the requisite rainbow to give more number of outs on the board. This logic will make A-A-A-3-2 have lesser pot odds than K-K-10-9-8. Thus, Kings will have a better hand strength than having Aces as hole cards.

  • Play Only for the Nuts

Pot Limit Omaha is a game where players play for nut draws. But 5 Card Pot Limit Omaha is a game where players should ONLY play for the nut draws. Anything less than that and the possibilities of the board going in favor of another player becomes very high. Further, as the draws become more common, having the nuts will give a greater edge over other players. That is when your hand will give you a chance of winning really really big.

  • Bluffing is a Big No.

It is without doubt that bluffing should be avoided in PLO. But in 5 Card PLO you should not bluff at all, at any costs. This is because there are a greater number of draws and outs in 5 Card PLO, and everyone in the action is playing for a draw. So, anyone betting or raising is doing so taking into consideration that their draw is big enough to win the pot. However, hardly anyone bluffs in 5 Card PLO, and there is a high probability of a player drawing nuts. All in all, you should not bluff at all!

  • Get Over Tilts ASAP!

It is easy to get tilted in 5 card PLO. This is because everyone in the action is playing for the bigger draw or nut draw. Therefore, pot variance will also be high. And losing so much even after getting an extremely good draw to the nuts is a good reason for a tilt. Unless you get over these tilts at the earliest, there is a great chance of losing your entire buy-in in just one hand. To get over these tilts, however, is not easy. But you have to keep in mind that 5 Card PLO is ruthless.  

  • Keep Track of Your Stack

As has been repeatedly said before, pot variance is much greater in 5 Card PLO than it is in PLO. So, it is smart to keep track of your chipstack, if you do not wish to be strong played by other players. Having a lower chipstack will also result in you never being able to win big enough to make 5 Card PLO a good enough game for you. 

So, keep this strategy in mind while playing 5 Card PLO and you will become a good player. However, regular and repeated playing of 5 Card PLO is the only way to become really good at the game. 

Common mistakes in 5 Card Pot-Limit Omaha

5 Card Pot Limit Omaha or 5 Card PLO is almost similar to PLO but with the addition of a hole card. As a result the probabilities change drastically. So, it is always smarter for a player to take care of his chipstack. In 5 card PLO, the pot has a tendency to get really big. The players will do well not to commit to a hand until the river. Further, as in PLO, giving too much importance to an ace pair in their hole cards, and 3 betting before the flop is a common mistake. They should be dealt as per the board. Slow playing is another mistake players make. Unlike Texas Hold’em, there are more draws and outs in 5 Card PLO and a player should not take for granted that they are holding a really strong hand, unless they are holding the nuts.



Shikha Tripathi

A social media strategist and an avid poker enthusiast, she loves taking risks and so is naturally aggressive on the poker table.