December 21, 2010
Like other sado-masochists I have flocked to PLO. The last eight months since learning the game have been quite a trip, and I hope to document the rest of the journey here.
In my dark past life I played LHE, both 6-max and HU. Since LHE is such a post-flop game, I feel I’ve adjusted fairly quickly - at least quicker than I expected. I started in the micros and now playing PLO 50 with the odd shot at juicy 100 games. I usually start the day with a 1-2 hour review period of browsing forum posts and checking hands from the previous day. This gets my head into the analytical part of the game right away and gives me the confidence to hop on whatever table is available. Living in Eastern Europe means that my mornings are the quietest times on the sites, so proper game selection isn’t much of an option.
With memberships to both DC and Bluefire, I have pretty good resources for learning the game. I’ve had some coaching that has helped hugely; one excellent session with n0whereman early on and a bunch more recently with Orestto. Orestto has really elevated my game and made me think about PLO on a much higher level than I was before. I’d recommend him to any other small stakes players looking for an affordable and accessible coach who will not only help plug leaks but challenge you.
We all love graphs so I’ll close my inaugural post with a thinly veiled brag: my lifetime PLO graph. I’m already bracing for the inevitable soul-crushing downswing that posting this will trigger.
Finally, for those curious, my name 'Teahupoo' is referencing arguably the heaviest wave in the surfing world, a famous reef break in Tahiti. At the top of my before-I-die list (or my how-I-die list) is to surf it. It's a massive hydraulic wall of water with a razor sharp reef just a few feet beneath the surface. Here it is in all it's glory, in one of the most famous surfing pictures ever. Laird Hamilton is in the photo, a big-wave surfing pioneer.