Pot-limit Omaha is a variation of the popular poker game known as Omaha Hold ’em. Sometimes referred to as PLO, the game has enjoyed a recent boost in popularity in Europe, the United States and online. The term “pot limit” refers to the fact that the size of any bet cannot exceed the total pot size.
Although similar to the popular poker variant of Texas Hold ‘em, Pot Limit Omaha requires a different strategical approach, with only the best hands likely to win. Players are dealt four cards in the hole instead of two but can only use two of them to make a hand. This changes the dynamic of the game when the next cards are revealed, as there is a higher number of possible hands available. It also means that players tend to stay in the game until the flop more often, prompting big increases in the pot size.
Overall, the game is considered to be more complex and harder to master than traditional Texas Hold ‘em.