The second most popular game of Poker in the current times is Pot Limit Omaha (PLO). Also, PLO is the second game after Texas Hold’em which beginners learn to play. Omaha Poker is quite similar to Hold’em in the way it is played. If you know the gameplay of Hold’em, it would be quite easy to understand the Omaha Poker.
The major difference between Hold’em and Omaha is in the distribution of hole cards. In Hold’em each player is dealt two hole cards, whereas in Omaha each player is dealt four hole cards.
Omaha has two popular versions –
Omaha Hi-Lo is a “split-pot” version of Omaha poker. In this version, players compete for “best high hand” and “best low hand” of the pot. Straights and flushes are ignored for the best low hand in this game. The best low hand is A-2-3-4-5.
If there is no qualified low hand, the best high hand wins the whole pot. Similarly, the pot is split when several players have the same winning hand.
In terms of popularity, Omaha Hi-Lo is nowhere near to Omaha Hi (PLO). This variant of the game is slightly complex as you have of both the “high hands” and “low hands” combinations.
There’s one basic advantage of playing Omaha Hi-Lo i.e. as the pot is divided into two parts – the highest and lowest hands, it’s subsequently easier to win (a portion of) the pot in any given hand.