Definition of PLO

What does the term "PLO" mean in the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "PLO"?

In poker, "PLO" refers to the game of Pot Limit Omaha, which is the world's second most popular poker variant behind Hold'em.

In Pot Limit Omaha, players are dealt four cards (instead of two in Hold'em). Similar to Hold'em, there is a flop, turn and river.

PLO meaning explained.  Pot Limit Omaha.  What is it?In Pot Limit Omaha, players must use two of their four cards to make their best possible hand.

This is important, as, unlike Hold'em, you can not use just one card to make your best hand.

For instance, if you hold one Club in your Pot Limit Omaha hand and the board contains four clubs, you do not have a flush. Instead, you need to use two of your cards in order to make your hand.

In Pot Limit Omaha, you can only bet the size of the pot. In No Limit Hold'em, you can bet as much as you want. If you are playing in a live PLO game and don't know how much to bet, simply ask your dealer and they will help you out. If you announce "I bet pot", they will tell you how much you need to place in front of you for your bet.

If you play poker online, the software will tell you how much you can bet.


With every player being dealt four cards, you will generally need a much stronger hand to win pots in Pot Limit Omaha.

For instance, a pair of Kings with a Queen kicker might be a strong hand in Hold'em, though in Pot Limit Omaha you will almost surely be losing, especially in a multi-way pot.

In Pot Limit Omaha, draws are often played very aggressively. You will quite often see all-ins where one player has a set and the other player has a big draw.


Unlike Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha is a "solvable" game where correct, EV+ moves can be mapped out by software. This "solver" software has been used by some of the top PLO players in the world, and they can invest a great deal of time and money to refine their software.

Pot Limit Omaha is a high variance game, and you will need a deep bankroll to play. A general rule of thumb is that you will need 400 buy-ins to play comfortably at the stakes that you wish to play at.


PLO is growing in popularity with each passing year, as many people love the swingy nature of the game.


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