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PLOnkaments – Omaha

Tournament Play Part I

by Michael Piper |  Published: Dec 01, 2010


At every major poker series, there’s at least one decent-sized pot-limit Omaha (PLO) side event. With so much money up for grabs — first prize in this year’s $10,000 world championship at the World Series of Poker was almost $800,000 — these events attract a wide range of good players and bad gamblers alike. It’s likely that a good pot-limit Omaha cash player will have a larger edge in these events than a good no-limit hold’em tournament player. Being good at both will put you in the top echelon of PLO tournament players, but to be the best, you’ll have to appreciate exactly how and why optimal strategy deviates significantly from a combination of the two strategies. Stack Sizes For the first few levels, stacks are generally deep. Weak, speculative hands are playable in the right spot: hand-reading, technical skills, and a good understanding of your opponents’ psychology will be ...

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