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Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better

Strategy questions and answers

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Jul 10, 2009


I recently received a lengthy e-mail from a person who has started to play pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better (high-low split with a qualifier of an 8 or lower for the low). This is a fascinating game that, in my opinion, is the most difficult poker form to master. Here are his questions and my answers: “I am sometimes unable to make a quick decision when playing aces in six-handed PLO8 [pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better]. For example, I don’t know how to play unsuited aces without good low cards or facecards (like A-A-9-9 or A-A-7-J).” Ciaffone: With pocket aces, the kind that you have means a lot. Having a second pair higher than 8-8 is of limited use, and I do not view A-A-9-9 as better than A-A-J-9. Having one card of 8 or lower with the aces is better than either of the two hands you give. Picture being up against a ...

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