WSOP Ontario Launches Omaha Variant PLO-5 With Stakes From $0.01
- WSOP Ontario is the only site offering PLO-5 in the province
- PLO-5 is played just like regular PLO, except players are dealt five hole cards
- PLO-5 has stakes ranging from $0.01 to $10
WSOP Ontario continues to come up with new poker offerings for Ontarians, which is one of the reasons why it is now among the leading online poker rooms in the province despite launching much later than its rivals.
Recently, the operator launched PLO-5, a hugely popular poker variant. It is the first and currently the only site in Ontario to offer the game.
PLO-5 – The Basics
PLO-5, also known as 5-Card Omaha, is an Omaha poker variant that many players love. The game’s rules are identical to that of regular PLO, except for the number of hole cards dealt to each player at the beginning of the hand.
In PLO-5, players receive five hole cards instead of four. They must make the best possible hand using just two of their hole cards and three of the five community cards.
The game adopts the same betting order as traditional PLO – the action starts with the player seated to the left of the button posting the small blind and the player to their left posting the big blind. After that, each player is dealt five hole cards before proceeding to the flop. There is a limit to the amount of money that each player can bet, and it depends on the size of the pot. The hand rankings are similar to Texas Hold’em.
Compared to regular PLO, PLO-5 has higher variance due to the extra hole card which gives players more chances of making the best hand and winning the pot.
Tips for Beginners
PLO-5 is great for those who love plenty of action at the tables, with pots growing fast. Those who are already skilled in this variant have higher chances of succeeding, especially if they have opponents who are only starting to play the game.
If you are still new to PLO-5, you must learn it first, understand the basic rules and principles, and figure out the best strategies, as the game can be complex for someone who has never played it before.
For beginners, it’s best to start from the lower stakes, try and see if you can handle it, and progress to the next level if you feel you’ve acquired enough skills.
Take note that PLO-5 also involves a great amount of variance. A win isn’t always guaranteed and you may encounter more downswings, which means you must prepare a solid bankroll if you want to try it out.
If you’re in Ontario, you can only play PLO-5 on WSOP Ontario. You can choose from stakes of between $0.01/0.02 and $5/$10.