POT LIMIT OMAHA (PLO)

Pot Limit Omaha is a variant of Poker. In Pot Limit Omaha, the player is dealt Four cards hole cards instead of two hole cards in Texas Hold’em poker.


GAME PLAY

  1. The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer's left puts out the small blind, while the player two to the dealer's left puts out the big blind, which is twice as much as the small blind. The small blind and big blind are compulsory. This is to ensure there is some minimum amount during the course of the hand.
  2. Every player is dealt four cards, face down. These are called ‘hole cards’.
  3. The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. They can either call the blind, raise it, or fold. The size of a raise must be at least twice the size of the bet preceding it; the maximum depends on the amount of money which is on the board. A player in this format cannot bet more than the pot amount. The betting then continues around the table.
  4. After the betting round is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the centre of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Pot Limit Omaha are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will need to) use at least three of them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.
  5. From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet. The players after must either check or bet if no one has bet yet; or they must call, raise, or fold if someone has.
  6. A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card. This is followed by another round of betting.
  7. The final card is dealt face up. This card is also called fifth street or the river. A final round of betting occurs. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five-card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins.

Note: In Pot limit Omaha, a player has to use two hole cards from the four hole cards which are dealt and three from the community cards which open on the table to form the best combination of 5 cards. Exception to this is when a player can use one hole card dealt to him and three from the community cards to make four of a kind.


Straddle

Straddle is a unique feature available at our cash tables where a player can put in a voluntary blind bet, with a minimum of double the big blind. Usually the player to the left of the big blind(UTG), is the one who straddles and all this happens before the cards are dealt. So it acts as a blind raise which allows the straddler to act last in the pre-flop round, getting him an advantage over others in the preflop betting round.


Run It Twice

Run It Twice allows the All-in players to see the remaining cards twice, instead of once. For this particular option the pot is divided into two halves, the first one for the first set of cards and the other one for the second set. This feature is available only at the cash tables and stakes that there should be a mutual agreement between the all-in players to opt for it and also can be applied on the preflop, the flop or the turn.

There are 2 implementations of Run It Twice

The first one is when the remaining cards are copied to a new deck which is dealt to the second board. This allows to avoid some limitations, yet it is not a popular variant.

Whereas, in our system the second more popular implementation is used when both the boards are dealt from the same deck.

Moreover, in our system the Run It Twice feature is implemented so that all the players at the poker tables, with the enabled Run It Twice feature are automatically agreeing to participate in such situations (in hands with the second board). In other words, if the players sit at a Run It Twice table, they are not asked if it is necessary to activate the second board or not (as in other poker rooms). So the players do not have to make preliminary settings.