Mastering Small Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Crush Modern PLO Games – Book Review


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Mastering Small Stakes, Pot Omaha: How To Crush Modern PLO Games is a well-organized and easy-to-understand guide to mastering Pot-Limit Omaha. You will learn how to handle several pre-flop and post-flop situations in the PLO…

PROS
  • Easy to follow and well organized.
  • Great approach on ranges, pre-flop PLO analysis.
  • Quizzes.
CONS
  • Too advance for beginners.
  • Not enough tournament strategy.
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Mastering Small Stakes Pot Limit Omaha How to Crush Modern PLO Games Book Review
Fernando “JNandez” Habegger, the author of the book, is a successful high stakes professional player and well known PLO coach. In this regard, he is considered by many to be an authority in Pot-Limit Omaha.

Summary

Mastering Small Stakes, Pot Omaha comprises 332 pages split into two main parts:
 
• Preflop play, 
• Postflop play. 
 
There is also a short, Miscellaneous section, which is a nice addition, and adding it onto the end tail of the book was a great idea.
 
 
It comes with practical scenarios and examples for you to test the knowledge you have gained from reading the text.
 
Mastering Small Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Crush Modern PLO Games – Book Review
 
 
Mastering Small Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Crush Modern PLO Games – Book Review
 
Full ring cash games are the main focus of the text, and so anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of this type of play will find the book very useful indeed. It is comprehensive, so the reader must be willing to dedicate time and effort to mastering the strategies and knowledge in the book, but that is true, whatever one wishes to master – nothing worth doing comes easily, or quickly. 
 
Today, Omaha Poker, whether no-limit or pot-limit has grown and spread to almost all gambling venues in the world. The reason is simple: Omaha offers a quicker game, larger pots, and is more exciting than any other poker game. 
 

Praise, Critique and Recommendation

Mastering Small Stakes, Pot Omaha is easy to follow and understand, and so you should be able to comprehend the information and work through it easily. It is set up in such a way that, even if you do not want to follow the exact framework the author sets out, you can still gain tips and knowledge to add to your game. 
 
The book is thorough and comprehensive, and so it should be seen as a book to study and not a quick read. Therefore, make sure to make notes while reading, study the examples, and take the quizzes.
When asked whether I’d recommend this book, the short answer is yes. However, this is not a shortcut through the woods to PLO success, but a clear path to improving your game once you master the contents and put them to practice. 
 
If you’re a novice and have never tried Pot-Limit Omaha, you should probably start with another book as Mastering Small Stakes, Pot Omaha does not explore much recreational games.
Nevertheless, for advanced PLO players, Mastering Small Stakes, Pot Omaha: How to Crush Modern PLO Games is the book to have in the arsenal. 

Quotes

One of the biggest mistakes when approaching PLO is to play it like NLHE.

Fernando “JNandez” Habegger Tweet

By making extreme adjustments to your opponents, you also expose yourself to becoming exploited. For example, if you are going to always bluff the one guy who you think is folding a lot on the river, he might pick up on it because you are bluffing so often. He might then counter-exploit you, by trapping and calling off frequently. Rather than focusing on adjusting against individual opponents, I want to provide you with a solid framework for a strong PLO strategy. Once this is established, we will cover when and how to deviate from this baseline to maximize your EV.

Fernando “JNandez” Habegger Tweet

There are four steps to identify your optimal strategy: Understand the baseline (identify GTO). Identify how your opponent deviates from GTO (find leaks). Exploit your opponent's weakness (exploit). Cap the downside (limit downside).

Fernando “JNandez” Habegger Tweet

Playing mostly by intuition is not a long-term recipe for success. In today's NLHE games, the GTO players are consistently dominating the exploitative ones.

Fernando “JNandez” Habegger Tweet

Table Of Content - Mastering Small Stakes Pot Omaha

Introduction 8
Modern Poker Approach 10
Preflop Concepts  16
Preflop Strategy Introduction 18
Equity Distribution 19
Stack-to-PotRatio 23
Nuttinessand Calibration 29
Preflop Sizing 34
Preflop Ranges 37
First-In Raiser 37
Cold-calling Fundamentals 39
3-Betting Fundamentals 44
Facinga3-Bet 49
Facing a 3-Bet at 200 bb 54
Limping 55
Defending the Big Blind Versus One Opponent 59
Defending the Big Blind Versus Multiple Players 65
Preflop Categories 70
Category One: Aces 71
Category Two: Broadway Pairs 77
Category Three: Three Broadway Cards with One Non-Broadway 87
Category Four: Double-paired 93
Category Five: Rundowns 97
Category Six: Two Broadway Cards with Two Medium-low Connectors 103
Category Seven: Three Card Rundown with a Broadway Card 107
Category Eight: Mid-lowPairs 109
Category Nine: Ragged Hands 114
The Four Pillars of Post flop Analysis 118
Pillar One: Equity 120
Pillar Two: Polarization 121
Pillar Three: Position 124
Pillar Four: Stack-to-PotRatio(SPR)126
Post flop Concepts 129
C-betting Fundamentals 129
Blockers and Bluffing 133
Post flop Theory: Single-raised Pots 145
Flop C-bet IP Strategy(Button Versus BB) 145
FlopC-bet 00P Strategy(Cut off versus Button) 153
Single-raised Pots IP Turn Strategy 165
Recap Training Session 183
Single-raised Pots IP River Strategy 201
Putting it all Together 204
Single-raised Pots OOP River Strategy 212
P3-bet Pots OOP Flop Strategy (SB Versus Button) 223
3-Bet Pots OOP on the Turn/River 246
3-bet Pots IP 262
Pots Post flop Theory: Multiway Pots 274
Introduction 274
Multiway 3-Bet Pots 275
Multiway Single-raised Pots 278
Section Three: miscellaneous
Pot-Limit Omaha Live 283
Live PLO Fundamentals 283
Straddling 284
Buy-in Strategies 285
Running it Once or Twice? 288
Thinking About Players 289
Playing at the Aria 292
Away from the Table 298
Bankroll Management 298
The Mental Game 305
Study to Play Ratio 308

What Do The Pros Say About Mastering Small Stakes Pot Omaha

Learning about the “Four Pillars of Postflop Strategy” reframed my deci-sion making process in even the closest spots. Now I feel more comfortable identifying when a hand is a clear raise, call, or fold on the flop, and find myself in fewer marginal situations on later streets than previously.Mastering Small Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha should be required reading for any player new to PLO or transitioning from NLHE. Fernando has spent more time engaged in a deep study of PLO than anyone on the planet, so you can be confident his recommended strategies are +EV in any game format and will remain so for many years to come.

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Book Details

  • Title: Mastering Small Stakes Pot-Limit Omaha: How to Crush Modern PLO Games
  • Author: Fernando “JNandez” Habegger
  • Number of Pages: 334
  • Game/Theme: PLO
  • Live/Online: Both
  • Required Skill Level: Beginner
  • Format Available: E-book, Paperback
  • Free with Kindle Unlimited: No
  • Free with Audible: No
  • Publication date: October 2020
  • Reprinted: No
  • Publisher: D & B Publishing
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