Pot Limit Omaha Strategy

As more and more people are developing their skills at Texas Holdem, those once easy games are getting much more difficult to beat. This is where Pot Limit Omaha comes in. PLO is a version of Holdem that is gaining popularity. Many players are looking for an alternative to Texas Holdem, either to find easier games or add more fun and variety to their poker experience.

Because PLO is relatively new to many, it’s considered much fishier than holdem these days and can provide the skilled player a bigger edge! Read our Pot Limit Omaha articles to learn more about the game, or visit our Omaha Hi-Lo section for articles on that version of Omaha.

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  • The Reverse Float

    The Reverse Float

    Floating from out of position Editor's note: The following is from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: Advanced Play.
    Fixing World Series of Poker Structures for PLO

    Fixing World Series of Poker Structures for PLO

    Pot-limit Omaha players are getting shortchanged - A few issues ago in my column on the bankroll schedule for pot-limit Omaha, I mentioned that while a typical buy-in for no-limit hold'em might be 100 big blinds, in order to be reasonably deep in pot-limit Omaha, you should buy in for more like 150 times the big blind.
    Pot-Limit Omaha: The PokerTek Angle

    Pot-Limit Omaha: The PokerTek Angle

    The future of Las Vegas pot-limit Omaha - Last issue, I mentioned the 50¢-$1 ($100 minimum/$200 maximum) pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game I am hosting on PokerTek's electronic poker tables (PokerPro) in the fully automated poker room at Excalibur in Las Vegas.
    Following Through in PLO

    Following Through in PLO

    The betting machine - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    The Resteal Float

    The Resteal Float

    Floating back at a floater Occasionally, when you bet from late position, a player who suspects a steal may try to float you from out of position by calling your bet and then betting out on the turn.
    PLO Quiz 2

    PLO Quiz 2

    Wrap, bare nut straight heads up - It's a 50¢-$1 pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game on the electronic poker tables at Excalibur in Las Vegas, and you are playing heads up.
    PLO Quiz 4

    PLO Quiz 4

    Playing from the Mississippi straddle, bottom set, value-betting the river - Preflop: It’s a $5-$5-$10 game with a Mississippi straddle.
    The Basic Floats in PLO

    The Basic Floats in PLO

    Naked, weak-stab, and semibluff In my last column, I discussed the basics of floating in pot-limit Omaha (PLO) and identified the key indicators - the weak stab, the continuation-bet, and a possible steal bet - that a float may be in order.
    The Combo Float

    The Combo Float

    Floating with part made hand, part draw, and part air - A lot of times, you will find yourself floating with part made hand, part draw, and part air.
    Shorthanded Pot-Limit Omaha

    Shorthanded Pot-Limit Omaha

    The five biggest mistakes that average players make Editor's note: What follows is a special excerpt from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, tentatively titled Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: Advanced Play Vol.
    PLO Practice-Hand Quiz No. 1

    PLO Practice-Hand Quiz No. 1

    An interesting, complex hand What follows is the first of what likely will be a series of pot-limit Omaha (PLO) practice-hand quizzes, similar to those found in my book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy.
    PLO Quiz

    PLO Quiz

    Playing with the initiative, making a combination-call, and value-betting the river - It's a five-handed 50¢-$1 pot-limit Omaha game online (six-max).
    PLO Quiz 3

    PLO Quiz 3

    A low SPR situation - Excerpt from Jeff’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play and The Short-Handed Workbook.
    Pot-Limit Omaha Hand Quiz 3

    Pot-Limit Omaha Hand Quiz 3

    Big-blind-versus-small-blind play, small ball, floating, and the bluff-raise - What follows is a special preview from Jeff’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play.
    Seat Selection in PLO

    Seat Selection in PLO

    Guidelines - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    The Nut-Flush Draw

    The Nut-Flush Draw

    A strong pot-limit Omaha hand - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    The Power of the Big Draw

    The Power of the Big Draw

    When stacks are deep, the drawing hand has all of the power Editor's note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang's recently released book Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy.
    Some Pot-Limit Omaha Hands

    Some Pot-Limit Omaha Hands

    A strategy analysis - Here are a few hands from the regular $1-$2 blinds, $5 bring-in, $500 max buy-in pot-limit Omaha game that a few locals and I started recently at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
    Heads Up Versus ‘TT’

    Heads Up Versus ‘TT’

    The bluff-raise Here are two hands that I played in heads-up post-flop confrontations against my buddy "TT" in my weekly 50¢-$1 ($100 minimum/$200 maximum) pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game on the electronic tables in the poker room at Excalibur in Las Vegas.
    C-Bet Frequency in PLO

    C-Bet Frequency in PLO

    It depends largely on your opponent - What follows is an excerpt from Jeff’s books, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play and The Short-Handed Workbook.