Players often are very unmindful of the image they most likely have on a crucial day while playing Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) 5. For example, you just lost a big pot and next hand, you flopped a big hand, middle set with nut flush redraw in a three-way pot. You are in the middle position. Instead of checking to the preflop aggressor should the small blind check, you should look to bet into him to reduce the risk of getting check backed.
Say there is a paired board. Opponent bets out 50% of the pot. Now, paired boards often offer steal positions. When someone bets into a paired board, often, by calling, you provide him information that you already have a hand. On the flipside, a draw heavy board can have both made hands (like sets) and draw heavy holdings, so when you float a draw heavy board, you can represent different kinds of hands on later streets, more so, if you have the nut blockers for those later streets. Villain stats are indicative of a loose player. Your floats look stronger than his floats.
Your ‘just calls’ look stronger than his possible steal play / c-bet play on the paired board. Both plays made on the flop can work against weaker players who fire one bullet and give up. Players who get scared when you flat on paired boards on a HU match-up. If you know this, shouldn’t you make use of these, given that:
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As I have discussed in my book PLO 6: 50 Mistakes That I have Made, I avoid playing against very strong players as I reduce my odds of making money in the longer run. Weak players as covered in the book are those who are:
It is common in PLO to see players limping to the pre flop aggressor. While this is good when you have an overly aggressive opposition and you have been playing like the tightest player, a donk lead by you can prove handy. HU PLO can be used by strong Villains to be more exploitative. In the case of being a tight player, this play can be detrimental as you will lose action / cbet of Villain as a donk lead can be seen as very strong.
When you just lost a big pot, you are often seen as a player who wants to win back. If you flop big, do not slow play. Bet right in if you need to. Do not risk getting checked back if you are in middle position and flopped middle set and expect the player behind you to bet first.
Also, ensure that you do not get labelled as a tight player after say 200 hands, that will scare villain off when you bet big. Mix in donk leads when you need to lead. Run against the motion plays, Do not always go for the check raise. Mix your play to NOT come under a specific category header (Very tight / Very lose), which would make you easier to play against. Think in terms of Tight aggressive or loose aggressive that we will discuss in more detail in subsequent posts.
Note: This post is not about giving you the winning recipe. It is about understanding a few strategies to make you a tricky player to play against, to get max value in spots where you would get low value should you not factor in table images and to get more info about players by making specific plays. Hope you liked this read. Stay tuned for the next one.
Aditya Sarkar is an online Pot Limit Omaha player. He has a day job (Marketing Lead in a startup) but he manages to squeeze in 25-30 hours of PLO every week, mostly PLO 5 cash games. Why does he love PLO? It’s just faster and more exciting to play. He picked up PLO in college (MDI Gurgaon) way back in 2015 and has been playing the game ever since 🙂 Sarkar is also an author as he recently wrote his first ebook on PLO. Having worked with a poker company, he wanted to help out players to work on their fundamentals. Through the book, he aimed to bridge the gap between the sharks, the amateurs and beginners.
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