Pot-limit Omaha Poker
Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big-Play Strategy written by Jeff Hwang is a learner’s manual, if you will, on the game itself of Pot-Limit Omaha. It gives you types of hands, pitfalls, and winning strategies. It also gives you a little of its predecessor or sister game history, Texas Hold’em, and two chapters on split games. The Big Play Strategy teaches you how to comprehend the small-stakes pot-limit Omaha. It is considered by many as one of the best PLO books.
- Extra Chapters on Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split
- Hand illustrations
- Not for tournaments, mainly for cash games
- Mainly for beginners
- Ebook version with errors
Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big-Play Strategy contains 354 pages. Jeff Hwang wrote this book using his experience from playing Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, and No-Limit Hold’em.
If you read an excerpt from Scribd or the below ToC, you can quickly see what the author is trying to teach you. This ToC is a beauty! Moreover, it is very well structured and contains what you must know about the game:
- The Big Play Objectives
- Basic Play and Key Concepts
- The Straight Draws
- Starting Hands and Pre-Flop Play
- After the Flop, Situations, and Practice Hand Quizzes
Those are only a few of the topics of each chapter included. There are nine chapters in this book full of information, diagrams, possible win-lose combinations. For beginners, it’s good to start with the ‘Basic Play and Key Concepts.’ Then follow with the chapter on Starting Hands and Pre-Flp Play.
Jeff Hwang highlights the importance of the smaller pot wins and claims that this is the wave of the future, although he suggests that they have been around for years.
Praise and Critique
The author uses illustrations and card symbols to give the reader a picture of the actual hands. This is great because a novice player can see what the author means and get a better understanding through visualization, which is essential, especially in Pot-Limit Omaha, where the hands seem complex and hard to grasp:
The language used in Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big-Play Strategy could be a bit complicated for a beginner player. For example, he talks of freefalls and nuts-but only someone who already played the game would understand it. From that perspective, the book is geared towards more experienced players. However, you can always use the glossary at the end of the book or google it, which can annoy some readers.
Another problem is with the ebook version. It is hard to grasp the example hands and to work through the exercises on the ebook. Therefore better to get a paperback.
If you are a novice, you should read Omaha Pot-Limit Poker before sitting down at a PLO table. It will indeed teach you the game. If you are an experienced player, you could use it as a cheat sheet. It will help you on your way to becoming a better player.
You should read and take notes of the different hand combinations. And of course, as always, don’t forget to put into practice what the author says.
Finally, refer to this as a PLO manual but mainly for cash games.
About The Author
Table Of Content, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker
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- Title: Pot-limit Omaha Poker
- Author: Jeff Hwang
- Number of Pages: 332
- 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: January 2008
- Publisher: Lyle Stuart