January 16, 2011
I've been taking a different approach to PLO then I have Hold Em in that I am studying a lot more first before putting in volume. Not to say I haven't spewed a few PLO buy ins here and there already but not nearly the amount I did in HE at this stage in my development.....
I have been reading tons of threads across several different websites, getting coaching, talking to friends, watching QuickPro videos and sweating Johnny. If you haven't checked out PLO Quickpro I highly suggest you do so. The videos on there are hyper organized and well put together. There are 4 free videos and in one of them he interviews ChancesCards who plays nose bleed PLO and won the 5K PLO event at this years WSOP.
Here are some notes from one of the videos as well as some things I have picked up in the forums. These are some common mistakes players make when first starting out. Some of it may be review from HE but I feel like I still should document it so I can look back on all this one day and see what a huge PLO Noob I was.....
Post flop scenarios; The Big Three
1. Position-Why is position so important?
You can extract more value all around. Not only with your big hands but thinly as well.
You can bluff more profitably in position.
You can exercise pot control with more ease. Build bigger pots with your bigger hands. Controlling pot size and leverage matters more as stack sizes increase.
A sure fire way to lose money in PLO or HE is to create big pots OOP or IP only to give up on them later.
You can get to showdown and realize your equity much easier in position. You can also block your opponents equity.
Common mistakes for players first starting out in PLO is that they bloat pots OOP with medium strength hands. You want to avoid C/Cing a draw or medium strength hand OOP in PLO.
Perception of PLO-Degenerate gamblers, the nuts always lose, Aces suck and never win
How can we leverage this? Barrel more against check callers-Can't rep much when they check call
IP it is much easier to hands read, extract value and barrel more profitably
SPR-Stack to pot ratio-less important than NLHE and more so in PLO
If you're HU with an SPR of 13 a pot sized bet on each street will get stacks in by the river. SPR has a marked impact on how money goes into the flop post flop.
the # of pot sized bets helps us determine what the best line is to take and also what hands to play pre flop. Improves post flop awareness and forces you to plan for future streets.
High SPR which is greater than 10-Narrow stack off ranges on the flop. More maneuverability. More leverage available.
Low SPR which is less than 4-Wide stack off ranges on the flop. Stacks go in on the flop or turn. Less bluffing
When SPR is higher we want hands that overnut our opponents such as set over set or an over draw
When SPR is high we want to avoid flipping for stacks or being way behind. Play tighter OOP
When SPR is lower we want combo draws that dominate our opponents stack off ranges. IF we stack off lighter we want hands that flop more equity more often-Smooth equity.
When SPR is higher we can apply 3 streets of pressure (10 or higher)
When SPR is lower we c3BET and 4BET more
Number of opponents-IN online 6 max games ~50% of all pots that see a flop are heads up
the more players involved the less poker you play-People play ABC in multi-way pots
Equities run much closer and relative hand values are much stronger
Opening ranges and calling ranges are much closer
Basically, in multi way pots who raised pre flop matter much less
Peoples ranges change a lot depending on how many players are in the pot. Dictates what hands you can play profitably.
Heads Up: Prefer hands that hit the flop more often for example KQ97ss doesn't play well multi-way but does so HU
Multi-way: You want hands that are nutty and polarized like A756ss to the A. While these types of hands don't flop equity very often when they do flop well they flop very well and dominate stack off ranges of opponents.
Line you take depends on opp hand ranges
on every flop you play figure out the SPR
good players are always looking for reasons to bet
players like to protect their hands when OOP in PLO
Take down as many small and medium sized pots as possible
Well thats all for now. If anyone wants to talk more PLO PM me and we can talk on Skype.
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