Pot Limit Omaha

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Many of the people who jumped on the Texas Holdem bandwagon grew bored with it and have moved on to seek new challenges. For those brave souls, a challenge indeed awaits in the form of Pot Limit Omaha. This is one of the few poker games that is more popular in Europe than in the United States, but that may be in danger of changing soon.

In all forms of Omaha poker, each player is dealt four cards instead of the two that are received in the Texas form of the game. The community or board cards number five and are dealt in the same fashion as Texas Holdem. A player must make a hand using exactly two cards from his hand and three from the board.

Nuts to You

Having the best hand is much more important in Pot Limit Omaha than it is in Texas Holdem, where bluffing plays a larger role. In Omaha, usually the person with the "nut"--the strongest hand--wins. Though this seems intuitive, this is far from being the rule in most holdem games, where psychology is at least as important as having the nut.

Most Pot Limit Omaha in the United States is currently found in online poker rooms, with most Vegas rooms given over to the juggernaut that is Texas Holdem. Many experienced Pot Limit Omaha players are on the lookout for fish--inexperienced players--to win pots from online, so it is best to swim in the shallow end until one obtains a high degree of skill. Playing Pot Limit Omaha poker online requires a bigger commitment than Texas Holdem does, but has the potential to offer bigger rewards as well.


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