Understanding bet sizing in PLO poker

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Posted on: July 14, 2020 5:41 pm EDT

Figuring out how much to commit in Pot-Limit Omaha comes with a few nuances

Playing Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) can be quite tricky for those who are used to play other forms of poker, especially because the game forces players to make limited bets as per the default rules. Because of this, understanding the ideal bet sizing while playing PLO can be both easy and complicated given that you won’t often run into large pots. This means that the smaller the size of a pot, the smaller the bet sizing, and it should always be proportionate.

Playing PLO brings additional challenges when it comes to deciding on the size of the bet, especially because you always have to keep the pot size in mind, so you either commit to push your opponent out of the way or take them all the way to the pot. Forcing a player to fold in PLO is even harder because of the size of your bets, which needs to remain small even at the river, so getting value out of it is not always easy. First, you need to decide on what your goals are, how your opponents are playing, what your position in the hand is and how it will affect your goal in that specific hand.

Bet sizing during preflop action is a lot easier than postflop as in any other form of poker. If your hand is a good one, then you can continue raising the size of the pot until you are all in. Since there is no option to make larger three bets than the size of the pot, it can take a while for all the money to be actually on the pot. On the other hand, if you just want to see the flop it is easier as you could just simply call all bets preflop just to see what opportunities that flop might bring and take it from there.