Where to play PLO 5-card in 2022
As of now, we can recommend only a few poker sites. In fact, only one of the top online poker rooms and major mobile apps have many active PLO 5-card tables. You can find the details below:
|Poker site||Rake (cap)||Rakeback|
|CoinPoker||4% (0,1BB-6BB)||30% + VIP|
Although GG Poker was the last among competitors to introduce 5-Card PLO Omaha tables, it is currently the best option due to a combination of the following features:
- Lots of weak players.
- Wide range of stakes: from PLO2$ to PLO40K$.
- Daily races with shared PLO4/PLO5 leaderboards for several stakes.
- Lots of active tables throughout the day.
|Stakes PLO-5||Table amount|
The only negative for many players is the minimum initial buy-in amount of 25BB. Thus, there are short-stacks at almost every table.
PPPoker and club-based apps
PPPoker is a club-based mobile poker app where all games are held in different private clubs. The administrators of almost all of them create PLO 5 tables in addition to the classic ones. We have many such clubs in our collection, and the number of active tables in the largest of them exceeds 60-70.
During peak hours (evening), you can find the following number of active PLO 5 tables in the main PPPoker clubs.
Regarding the new Suprema Poker app, which operates in the Brazilian market, PLO5 is the most popular format there. Its two main unions attract considerable PLO-5 traffic in the evening hours. More than 70 active tables are at low-stakes (up to $0.1/$0.2 inclusive).
The Poker Bros mobile app has its own specifics: 5-cards Omaha is adored by the US players here, so the traffic in different clubs peaks early in the morning. The most popular stakes range from PLO100$ to PLO1K$, but there are several restrictions: no play from PC (only mobile devices are allowed) or a minimum VPIP requirement.
It is recommended to check the actual traffic at different times on your own by asking our manager for a test account.
CoinPoker used to be just another small cryptocurrency poker room before 2022 when Tony G and his high-roller friends decided to boost the site by hosting massive nosebleed games. Nowadays, you can find a few 6-max incomplete tables from PLO5-$50 to PLO5-$200,000 (recall that games are played in USDT (Tether ₮)).
The minimum buy-in is 40BB, and be aware that tracking software isn't allowed. Hence soft games are the rule.
CoinPoker won't be your main room, but adding a few soft tables to your schedule is always great.
What is 5 Card Omaha?
Five Card Omaha is an Omaha variation where the player is dealt 5 pocket cards. At the same time, the "2+3" rule is still in place: exactly 2 hole cards and exactly 3 community cards have to be used to make a hand. This seemingly minor change in just 1 extra pocket card gives 5-card Omaha poker several essential differences from PLO4: higher variance, less importance of each particular pocket card, and an extensive blind defense range.
5 Card Omaha is a kind of competition of solid draws. More pocket cards (compared to the classic Pot limit Omaha) open up a wide variety of options to make a strong hand.
Both the beginners and regular Texas Hold'em players may have the misconception that making a winning hand with such a choice of hole cards should be easy; thus, one should play more hands. In fact, this is perhaps the main "trap" for PLO5 "dummies."
At the same time, the complexity of the game math is also an advantage of PLO5 over its "colleagues." An additional pocket card becomes a serious stumbling block for analysis even with the help of third-party software. Judge for yourself:
- 6+ Hold 'em (Short Deck) – 81 unique starting hands;
- Texas Hold 'em – 169;
- 4 Card Omaha – 16,423;
- 5 Card Omaha – 331,682. We welcome anyone to do the math in real-time…
How to play 5 Card Omaha: basic rules
The PLO 5 rules are very similar to the classic Omaha - the number of pocket cards is the only difference. The players are dealt 4 and 5 cards in the classic version and PLO 5, respectively. And don't forget the "2+3" rule above.
Five hole cards, five community cards, four rounds of betting; blinds, check, call, fold, bet, raise; the strongest hand wins at showdown - here's a quick guide to the rules. By the way, hand rankings are the same for Hold'em and all Omaha variations. Some of you have learned them long ago, while the others still have a picture with ranks and names of hands on the mobile.
Players make their moves clockwise: the action starts from the first one after the big blind (preflop) or from the first one after the button (postflop).
After the betting round on the river is completed, the players proceed to a showdown. The one who made the last bet or was the "aggressor" reveals the hole cards first. If all the players have "checked" on the river, then the showdown starts from the first one to the left of the button.
The pot eventually goes to the player with the most powerful hand. If the hands are equal, then the pot is split. So everything is identical to the classic poker rules.
Winning tips for playing 5 Card PLO
At first glance, it might seem that if you know the rules of classic Omaha, then you can adapt to 5 Card Omaha quickly and smoothly. It happens sometimes; we don't deny it. And yet, for most players, this is a thorny path of trial and error.
Those wishing to master PLO5 will have to consider the following tips:
- Get used to 5 hole cards.
In PLO4, the perfect starting hand consists of four connected cards. Therefore, you'd need all 5 hole cards connected in PLO5.
Obviously, such starting hands are rather rare. So every time you get 4 or 3 connected pocket cards, always assume that your opponent has a stronger hand. And with this thought, make a decision whether to put money in the pot.
In general, you need stronger starting hands in 5 Card Omaha than in 4 Card Omaha for profitable play in the long run. This rule can be followed by those who switched to PLO-55 from PLO-44.
- Be able to evaluate the strength of your draws.
First of all, it concerns flushes. Given that there are 4 suits in the deck and you have 5 hole cards, all starting hands in 5 Card Omaha have at least two cards of the same suit. Thus a flush in PLO5 is a relatively common hand. You should learn how to calculate your own odds to make a flush and the odds of your opponents, considering your pocket cards.
- Try PLO4 before switching to PLO5.
The switch from Texas Hold 'em to 5 Card Omaha is like learning to ride a two-wheeler without ever getting on a tricycle. Take your time: learn the basics of PLO4, try to play it, and only then proceed to a more specific and kinda exotic Omaha variation.
- Leave your bluffs for Hold'em.
Even if you are the most sophisticated Texas Hold 'em trickster in the world, we still do not recommend you to bluff in PLO5 because five hole cards give too much room for action. So your opponents will either "lay down their arms" with weak hands anyway or call your bluff with a good draw.
Moreover, the weaker your opponents, the less often a bluff will work. Beginners are not always able to properly assess their chances and tend to enter the pot with weak hands. So frequent bluffing against them can lead to serious losses in the long run.
- Do not overestimate pocket aces.
Pairs don't win at showdown in PLO5. And if they do, it is an infrequent case. Having received pocket aces, the player can get a false impression about the relative strength of his hand. Before putting money in the pot, ensure your hand has excellent postflop playability.
- Stick to bankroll management rules.
Beginners should play PLO5 at micro and low-stakes - chasing higher stakes is a recipe for bankruptcy. Don't lose your head, calmly evaluate your odds, don't be afraid to fold, stick to the chosen strategy, and don't forget about the size of your bankroll.
The addition of the fifth hole card makes this Omaha variation special:
- 331,682 unique starting hands – 200 times more than in PLO4.
- Enormously high variance makes it necessary to follow very strict bankroll management rules.
- No game analysis software.
- A limited number of poker sites with many active tables at different stakes: only GGPoker and three major mobile poker apps.
✅ Is 5-Card Omaha beatable?
Yes, it is possible. But to make a long-term profit playing PLO 5-cards, like any high variance poker variant, you must strictly follow all the basic rules of the regular player: follow bankroll management, constantly improve your game, develop tilt stability, and play regularly.
✅ Is 5 Card Omaha solved?
No. Due to the huge number of possible starting hands (331,682), PLO5 is unlikely to be solved in the near future.
✅ Is there any PLO5 tracking software?
All major trackers, except for Hand2Note, support 5 Card PLO Omaha. But unlike classic poker variants, proper tools for the post-game analysis have not been developed yet.
✅ What is the best starting hand in PLO 5 card?
The best starting hands in 5 Card Omaha are those that are most likely to give you solid draws or made hands on the flop. Therefore, the hands having two suited bundles coupled with connectors are the most playable ones.
It's even better if you have several suited connectors, like 78s, QJs, and AKs, which do not discount each other outs to make straights or flushes.
Strong starting hands also include the ones with top pocket pairs and two suit bundles (AsAd8s7dXc or AsAdKsKdXc). At the same time, you should not forget that the strength of pocket pairs in PLO5 decreases much more rapidly than in PLO4.
Do not forget about your position at the table:
- In HU games, the big blind should defend approximately 90% of starting hands. This rule should only be broken against extremely tight open-raisers.
- Due to the impossibility of stealing blinds from more or less competent players, the value of starting hands in the three earliest positions is mainly determined by their playability in multiway pots. Many hands that seem strong in heads-up games, including many AAxxx ones, should be folded from the early positions.
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