Are you a no-limit hold’em (NLH) player looking to broaden your horizons? Are you jealous of mixed gamers but not sure where to start? Pot-limit Omaha (PLO) and NLH make for perfect poker partners.
NLH and PLO are, in essence, similar games. Both start with hole cards and use a common five-card board. The gameplay is much more similar than, say, NLH and Stud, Razz or Badugi. If you have a solid understanding of NLH, PLO is easier to learn, and vice versa.
However, the differences between NLH and PLO make things interesting and make learning one game complementary to develop other skills. The main differences between the two include:
In NLH you are dealt two hole cards, while in PLO you are dealt four. In the NHL, you can play both, one or none of your hole cards. In PLO, you must play both of your hole cards at the showdown. Learning how to choose, and fix the relative value of, four hole cards reinforces your decisions when you are only dealt two.
Position was even more important in the PLO than in the NLH. PLO teaches you (the hard way) not to get too excited when you play out of position. In PLO, it seems that everyone has a draw. If you hang around too long from the starting position with a vulnerable hand, you will quickly go broke. The increased positional awareness developed while playing PLO will translate into a more disciplined NLH game.
Good fit in NLH, but king in PLO. If you are one of the NLH players whose eyes light up when your hole cards are level, the PLO will be of interest to you. All PLO hands above double match. However, non-nut flushes were more frequently lost from nut flushes in PLO than in NLH. Facing the dangers in PLO will help you avoid over-committing your entire stack with a weak flush in NLH.
You need a stronger hand in Omaha to win in battle. Since PLO players start with four cards instead of two, there are more chances of joining the board than in NLH. This simple fact means that two partners rarely win in the PLO, and one partner almost never wins.
Understanding how relative hand strength changes with evolved plank textures in PLO, given the wider range of opponent holdings, is very challenging. If you master skills in PLO, applying them in NLH will become much easier.
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