You’ll learn three advanced strategies that can help you make a lot more money at Pot Limit Omaha.
These strategies are particularly valuable because most PLO professionals miss them. If you implement them correctly, you will gain an advantage over the best players in your games.
- Leading on the flop as a small blind after the call before the flop.
- Adjust your C-Bet frequency compared to opponents who have a leading range or not.
- Bet (or all-in) on brick turns after 3-bet preflop and check-calling on the flop.
If you are a player who never leads from the previous street into the attacker, these strategies will play a crucial role for you.
We’ll get to that in a moment.
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1. Leading on the flop as the small blind after calling preflop
If you have a No Limit Hold’em background, you are probably used to checking the preflop attacker with your entire reach when you are not in position. In no limit hold’em, it’s generally not a good strategy to lead in the pre-flop aggressor (also known as donk betting).
However, in Pot Limit Omaha there are a number of boards on which guiding is a competition. Unlike in No Limit Hold’em, PLO sometimes gives you a range advantage as a preflop caller, and you can take advantage of this by leading.
You should have a leading area for high card centered flops, especially those that don’t contain an ace.
Suppose the player on the button raises, you call the small blind and the big blind also calls. Here are four specific flops where you should have a leading area:
- J-J-8 rainbow
- K-K-4 with a flush draw
- K-Q-7 rainbow
- Q-T-5 rainbow
As a small blind, Monker Solver (the best PLO solver) leads around two thirds of his range on each of these flops. That’s a lot of leadership!
Are you wondering about the size of the bets? You should run a little bigger on the unpaired boards (approx. 40% pot) and a little smaller on the paired boards (approx. 20% pot) because our opponents have a greater natural range on the unpaired boards.
2. Adjusting your c-bet frequency versus opponents who don’t have a leading range
If you are playing against an opponent who never leads to the pre-flop attacker, you should lower your C betting frequency. This is because a player who never leads has a greater control range than a player who leads.
For example, imagine you raise the button and your opponent in the small blind calls. The flop comes K ♦ T ♥ 7 ♠. Let’s compare how Monker Solver plays this spot with a player who leads with a few hands compared to a player who never leads:
- Versus a check by a player who does have a leading range, the solver c-bets at a 35.4% frequency.
- Versus a check by a player who never leads, the solver c-bets at a 15.6% frequency.
This is less than half as much C betting compared to the player who never leads!
This makes a lot of sense as the latter player has a lot more strong hands to call or raise with compared to your C bet. It is better if you look back and take a free card with the vast majority of your reach against such a player.
Of course, you don’t always know exactly whether your opponent has a leading range or not, but you should be able to get a decent idea after playing with someone for a while. Once you find that a player never seems to be leading, start making C bets less often to avoid putting money in the area that’s stronger than usual.
3. Betting pot (or all-in) on brick turns after 3-betting preflop and check-calling on the flop
A “stone” is a card that does not change the board structure.
Suppose you bet 3 as a big blind against a player who raised the button.
Your opponent calls and the flop comes 9 ♠ 7 ♠ 3 ♥.
After checking (as Monker Solver says you should do with about half of your range), your opponent places a half-pot bet that you call.
The turn is the most brick of all stones: the 2 ♦.
Surprisingly, you should actually make a full-pot bet with about half your remaining range (according to Monker Solver). I’ll have Chris explain why:
The two [of diamonds] interact so badly with the range of the button that we are often better off shedding them with much [our range] than checking the button and giving it the opportunity to look behind.
[Note] that we never use a small or medium stake size here because with such a texture it is so important to refuse equity that we either check out or [large stakes].
These were three PLO strategies that most professionals miss. They may seem a bit abstract, but that’s fine – this is where you should assume that you have not worked extensively with PLO solvers in the past.
One of the advantages of continuous exposure to solver work is to become aware of such strategies – strategies that are theoretically good, but would hardly be discovered without the help of a solver.
I’m going to leave you a quote from Chris about using these strategies at the table:
It is our job to take these strategies to the next step by thinking about the circumstances in which Monker Solver works to implement these strategies …
… and to compare these circumstances with the parameters of [our] everyday games.
And that’s exactly what the Advanced PLO Mastery course does. A lot of this spending is required, [like the one shown in this video] that shows what Monker Solver is doing …
… and explains why Monker Solver does it so that you know when to use it and when you might not be using it in your own games.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Monker Solver does tons of such abstract things that we probably don’t think about. That’s what the course is really about.