If you’re new to the game of PLO 5, there are certain things or strategies you should definitely keep in mind. In this blog, I will be touching upon a few concepts that you can use while you take your game to the next level or play more profitably.
Since you are fairly new to PLO, it might be a good idea to stick to the top quartile hands and play them aggressively. Tight aggressive strategy is a lot about preflop discipline.
Double suited aces and kings.
8 and above connectors, preferably suited for additional (albeit non-nut) equity.
Some other decent hands below the upper tier will be broadway connector cards maybe with a one gapper, high connected / suited pairs and so forth.
DO NOT LIMP CALL too many hands. In fact avoid it. Even if you are getting good odds. Playing weak hands is profitable in certain situations (only like deep stacked poker, where hands seldom go to showdown, against tight players and more but we will talk more about this in a separate post) but here with the TAG strategy, we might not be able to make this profitable. So for now, avoid.
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Post flop – TAG. While obviously having a 100 pc cbet or barreling stat might make you vulnerable to floats and weak calls, you can still consider betting pretty often to most boards. Remember the more players in the hand call your preflop open, the less likely is it for you to have the best holding. Exercise caution while betting multiway.
However, if you are heads or 3 way, you can cbet more and play against the range of your players. Like any broadway card / cards, can be a good prospect for an in position stab provided you’re having the TAG image and can successfully get the respect to your cbet given that you have a high preflop fold rate. Remember every hand you fold, gives you an unsaid point of respect that you can use while bluffing in a future hand. The more you fold, there respect you get hence making the TAG strategy more likely to succeed.
The second tip I have for most beginners in PLO 5 multiway is to:
Ask yourself the question. In how many hand combinations roughly, can you make the nuts? Pre-flop. On the flop. Am I blocking any nut possibilities with my holdings. If so, add that to your computation too. Especially deep stacked.
Certain holdings are MORE likely to draw to the NUTS.
Compute number of nut outs on the flop to your holding. If you have non nut holdings too you can bet them too but with certain caution points.
While you start playing PLO 5, it might be a good idea to start with the TAG and to use the tips that we’ve presented through this write up. Hope you liked the 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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