Pot-limit Omaha Poker


8.7 Total Score

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.

8.7
PROS
  • Extra Chapters on Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split and Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split
  • Hand illustrations
CONS
  • Not for tournaments, mainly for cash games
  • Mainly for beginners
  • Ebook version with errors
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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. 

Summary

PLO Poker Book ReviewIf 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:

PLO Poker Book Review

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.

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Recommendation

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

Jeff Hwang is a semi-professional poker player as well as an investment analyst and gaming consultant. Jeff also writes about gaming for the Motley Fool website. Read his full bio here.

Quotes

The straight draws are the single biggest factor affecting starting hand con- struction, which begins here.

Everybody knows that A-A-K-K double-suited and A-A-J-T double-suited are the best hands in PLO, and that a four-card rundown like J-T-9-8 double-suited is nice. But what else is playable and why? Why is Q-J-T-7 single-suited often playable, while Q-9-8-7 double-suited usually isn’t? Why is A♠8♣8♦2♠ playable, but Q♠9♣9♦2♥ virtual trash?

Through the beginning of the twenty first century, limit poker dominated the card rooms across the United States. But then a funny thing happened: Online gaming and casino expansion brought poker to the masses, a guy named Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, and televised poker captured the imaginations of millions. Next thing you know, everybody wanted to play no-limit hold’em, and a game that was once sparsely played instantly became the game of choice for mil- lions of people in card rooms and home games across America.

Table Of Content, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker

1. The Big Play Objectives 
The Nut Straight Freeroll 
The Nut Full House Freeroll 
Overfull vs. Underfull
Set-over-Set
Flush-over-Flush
Top Set–Plus Draws 
Dominating Draws   
2. Basic Play and Key Concepts
Basic Rules and Blind Structure
Pot-Limit PlayReading the BoardPot-Limit Omaha: Key Concepts
The Power of the Big Draw
Pot Odds vs. Implied Odds
Thinking Ahead
The Fundamental Question in Omaha
3. The Straight Draws13-Card Straight Draws
Wraparounds: 17-Card and 20-Card Draws
Wraps with Three Key Flop Cards
The “Inside” WrapRelated Topics
4. Starting Hands and Pre-Flop Play
Starting Hands Hand-Strength Classification 
The Miracle Flop Test  Before the Flop   
5. After the Flop  Basic Combat 
The Size of the Bet  Flopping a Set 
Playing Two Pair
The Overfull,
The Underfull, and Trips
Flopping the Nut Straight
Playing on the Draw 
Bluffing and Other Plays 
Continuation Betting 
Betting on the River   
6. Situations and Practice-Hand Quizzes 
PLO: Situations 
PLO: Hand Quizzes   
7. Miscellaneous Topics 
What Is a Bankroll? 
Factors of Volatility 
The Cost of Volatility 
Bankroll Suggestions 
The Size of the Buy-in 
Maintaining Discipline 
The Straddle Effect 
The Effect of Stack Sizes 
Lessons from Investors 
The Curriculum 
Other Works   
8. Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split 
Split-Pot Omaha: Rules and Basic Play 
The Betting Structure 
Reading the Board 
The Objective: Scooping 
Starting Hands  Starting Hand Groups
The Miracle Flop Test 
Play from the Blinds 
Blind Stealing and Short-Handed Play 
Three-Betting Before the Flop 
Kill Pots 
Loose vs. Tight vs. Wild Games 
Higher-Limit Games 
Before the Flop: Practice Situations 
After the Flop 
Split-Pot Omaha: Rules and Basic Play 
The Betting Structure 
Reading the Board 
The Objective: Scooping 
Starting Hands 
Starting Hand Groups 
The Miracle Flop Test  Play from the Blinds 
Blind Stealing and Short-Handed Play 
Three-Betting Before the Flop 
Kill Pots  Loose vs. Tight vs. Wild Games 
Higher-Limit Games 
Before the Flop: Practice Situations 
After the Flop  Closing Thoughts 
Situations  Practice-Hand Quizzes   
9. Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Split 
PLO Hi/Lo Strategy: Key Concepts 
Starting Hands: Early–Middle Positions 
Starting Hands: Later Positions 
The Nut Low Freeroll  Situations 
Practice-Hand Quizzes   
Closing Thoughts  Glossary 

What Do The Pros Say?

"Lucid, literate, and comprehensive. Dissects the complexities of this game and explains why big play strategy is the winning strategy."
Lou Krieger
"This book is very accurate technically and a great addition to poker literature."
Bob Ciaffone

Book Details

  • 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

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