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Positional Advantage in Pot-Limit Omaha

The ambiguity of the bet

by Jeff Hwang |  Published: Dec 25, 2009


Note: This is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s new book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play. One of the built-in features of positional advantage lies in the ambiguity of the bet. When you bet into five people from one of the blinds, you usually have either a strong made hand or a strong draw, but you are rarely bluffing. In contrast, when you are on the button, and everybody checks to you and you bet, your bet is a lot more ambiguous, as every bet that you make is viewed as a possible steal. This creates natural deception, which keeps your opponents off balance. In fact, just routinely playing with positional advantage and utilizing the button yields plenty of deception, because if most of your bets come from late position, where you are naturally betting light much of the time, your opponents will get the impression that ...

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