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PLO Beginner Learning Path

In this learning path you'll find an introduction to general concepts and typical beginners' mistakes. You'll get an overview and important basics for a successful start in PLO.

The learning path is principally designed for players who already have some experience in Texas Hold'em game types and are curious about trying our a different game type. However, beginners too can learn everything they need to about getting started in this exciting game. With the help of our glossaries, you can search for unknown terms and continue to follow the units.

What can you learn?

  • The rules
  • Basic concepts
  • Starting hand selection
  • Equity calculations
  • Flop textures
  • Typical beginner's mistakes

The learning path takes you through the most important concepts and beginners' mistakes in Pot Limit Omaha in 'units'. That's why you should stick to the order suggested and work through the material consistently. At the end of the learning path there's a closing quiz for you to test your knowledge!

Lesson 1: the basics

In this unit, you'll learn about the essential theoretical concepts as well as the rules and bankroll management needed to play Pot Limit Omaha. Below are the first steps.

The rules

In the introduction to the rules, you'll learn what Omaha is, how to play Omaha, what Pot Limit actually means and how you can build up a hand, among other things.

The basics

An introduction to Pot Limit Omaha. You can find out everything you need to know about the basics and concepts of Pot Limit Omaha here. How many possible starting hands are there? What's the difference from Hold'em? When shouldn't you play PLO? What are the typical beginners' mistakes? You'll get the answers to all these questions here. Test your knowledge in the quiz!

Bankroll management

As in every poker variant: good bankroll management is imperative. This article will help you to maintain appropriate bankroll management for your Omaha career.

Lesson 2: preflop

The second unit deals with preflop play and covers the fundamental poker concepts as well as good starting hands and bet sizes. You'll also learn how you can calculate your equity with the help of ProPokerTools.com.

The preflop game

Here, we're concerned with the basics of preflop play. You'll learn all the basics to take your PLO game to the next level. You can, of course, watch either the video or the article individually, however, ideally, you'll cement your knowledge from the video by taking another look at the article which presents an overview of the basics.

Calculating the equity

Understanding equities in different game situations is quintessential for improving your game. You'll learn how to calculate the equity of specific hands and hand ranges. Moreover, you should know how to estimate the playability on the following streets.

Lesson 3: postflop basics & flop

The third unit deals with the basic concepts of postflop play and, in particular, play on the flop. The central content encompasses the differences between heads-up and multi-way pots, as well as flop textures, the meaing of position and continuation betting.

Lesson 4: postflop – turn and river

In unit 4, you'll become more familiar with the basics of turn and river play and a summary using practical examples to illustrate the units you've learned at the table up to now.

Lesson 5: closing quiz

You've made your way through the learning path up to now but have you taken it all on board? Test your knowledge now in the quiz .


After this course, you'll theoretically be more than ready to beat the microstakes and continue to improve your game!

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