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Courchevel (5 Card Omaha) Poker Strategy

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Strategy Article on How to play 5 card Omaha Poker - Known as 'Courchevel'

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Pot limit Omaha is a bit like no limit hold'em. In fact it is actually a cousin game. (All games that use the five card community format are cousin games, pot limit hold’em is also a cousin of pot limit omaha because of the restrictions on the all in bet. ) These are just rules to how the game is played. And the main rules specific to PLO are that you must use two cards from your hand in combination with the community cards. (Whereas in most other community card games you may choose to use one of the cards in your hand in coordination with the community cards. ). Additionally, in PLO you may only bet the size of the pot as a limit, you cannot overbet the pot like you can in no limit hold'em.

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The only difference between pot limit omaha and 5 card omaha (courchevel), is the extra card you get dealt. That's it!

  • The extra card breathes new life Into an already, quite complex game.
  • The extra card allows you to build extra combinations with your starting hand, bringing the grand total to 10 possible combinations of hands.

The outline below illustrates this with a diagram using distribution and color arrows:

Four new combinations create a whole new game, and a vast array of possibilities.

As always I recommend you try playing this game at play money or just for fun with your buddies before venturing to play in that real cash coliseum. My prediction is bloody, bloody madness with chariots, tigers, and flying mid-class metallic weapons heading in every general direction. But hey, that is why gladiators start off practicing with wooden swords.

Tactical Adjustments for Courchevel Poker

Hand strengths skew up as they did from the switch of games, nlhe to PLO. With many players you are going to tighten up even more and nut hands could just begin with nut flushes +. Weaker hands like top two pairs could become trap hands with the advent of four new combinations in everyones’ hand.

Players should tend to fold less since there is now even more gambling possibilities, do not try bluffs unless it is on the river, and your story is very believable.

Now we are going to talk about a ski resort in the French Alps. How does tie into our omaha discussion, you ask?

“Patience, my dear Watson.” As my childhood hero would say.

Courchevel is also an omaha game! It is an omaha game that is played exactly the same way as 5 card omaha. The one key difference is the pre flop street becomes the one community card street in terms of betting and where the game begins. So instead of a pre flop betting round, you will make your first raise or call on this “Tease” card. From there everything proceeds normally like in 5 card omaha with the flop, turn, river betting rounds.

There are also hi-lo variants of both games, where half the pot could be scooped with a qualifying low hand. There is just too much game, formats to talk any sort of strategy, although I already managed to get into a bit during the 5 card omaha discussion. We can save that for another time. For now, best of luck to you in tackling the slippery slopes of these new games!


Aleksey  Shestyan

Playing mainly live mixed games and online MTTs Aleksey has a shown a true passion for poker and an unheard of talent of being able to transition from game to game with very little stress or strain.  Besides grinding poker Aleksey pla ... Read More


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