Solving the PLO Puzzle is a series which aims to give you a comprehensive understanding of a specific topic in Pot Limit Omaha. In this course Richard and Cory do a deep dive on the topic of single raised pots.
By dialing in on a specific topic in PLO we can go into never-before-seen detail. No cutting corners: every situation is analyzed in depth to improve your game as much as possible. We combined analytical videos with more abstract, conceptual videos to teach concepts from several different angles to help you learn the game of Pot Limit Omaha more efficiently. Finally, to tie everything together we have our theory in practice section which gives us a chance to see how we can apply our newly found skills to real life in-game examples.
This Pot Limit Omaha course was built with the serious PLO player in mind. No matter if you are struggling at lower stakes, or you are already beating mid-high stakes, you will greatly benefit from the material in this course. The content was created by carefully analyzing hundreds of simulations and condensing the information into a package that anyone can learn from. The result is a course with content that we strongly believe even the best players in the world can learn a thing or two from. This does not mean the content is too high level to understand for a newer poker player, quite the contrary. We have made an effort to teach complex concepts and ideas in a clear and concise way.
This is a massive misconception that a lot of poker players hold. The frequency that we find ourselves in smaller pots is much higher than the massive 3-bet, or 4-Bet pots. As a result, while a mistake might cost us less in the absolute sense, when we make the same mistake over, and over, and over again we end up losing a lot more money in the smaller, more frequent situation. Playing well in even the smallest checked down pots is quite important to our game.
In addition, your opponents probably think small pots don’t matter either which means they will make a lot of mistakes in these spots. Improving your play in areas where your opponent is weak is the easiest way to improve your winrate.
There are 46 videos in total with a runtime of just under 17 hours.
Once you purchase the course the content will be yours forever.
With some content in the past we’ve seen that over time the information becomes less and less relevant as the game progresses to the point where you will only get worse if you try to learn from it. That is not the case with this course. All the material is solver based which means that it is timeless. The material you learn here will stay relevant for as long as PLO exists.
Yes! By purchasing the course you will get access to over 100 quizzes with detailed answers which you can go through at your own pace to check how well you understand the content. In addition, you will get our board frequency sheets which you can use to study frequencies of different boards. This can be extremely valuable for studying things like paired boards or in situations like blind vs blind where C-Bet frequencies from the SB can vary massively from board to board.
Richard begins the course by introducing common pitfalls players have in their thought process. Do you ever base your decision on one or more of the following: initiative, protection, avoiding pressure, finding out where you're at or even only because it is +EV? All of these can lead to poor in game decisions if approached incorrectly.
Players often take certain actions in poker based on a set of default questions they have set up in their head. Some questions are better than others. Richard explores which type of questions are more productive to ask yourself in game. This will help streamline your decision making process to make it better and faster.
To help understand why certain combos take the actions that they take, we have to learn the full context of the situation. What exactly does it mean to be IP as the PFR? What are the benefits and downsides of C-Betting and checking back? Understanding these fundamental concepts will help you evaluate the value of certain lines with specific combos.
Cory explores the implications that an overall C-Bet % has on our strategy and why it can be extremely valuable to understand C-Bet % trends. He also introduces one of our downloadables: the board frequency overviews. These downloadables in addition to the info in this video are certain to be extremely valuable in your PLO career.
BTN vs BB is not the only situation where we are IP as the PFR. What about when we are UTG? What if we or our opponent is shortstacked? There are many different variants of the IP as PFR situation. In this video Richard explains how and why strategies shift when the situation changes. Exploitative adjustments are also discussed. For example what if we have an opponent that never leads the flop?
Cory dives deep into C-Betting ranges on a highly dynamic flop. What components do we look for when C-Betting? Why do certain hands C-Bet and others don't? All of this and more in this video.
C-Betting strategy shifts significantly on lockdown boards compared to dynamic boards. In which ways though?
Paired boards are one of the most difficult boards to C-Bet correctly. In the first part Cory explores C-Betting strategies with the hand classes of trips and overpairs.
The 2nd part of C-Betting paired boards. In this video Cory looks at the rest of our range. How do we C-Bet draws and our airballs? These can be especially tricky given the sheer amount of them that we have in our range. We have to be careful to select the right ones to C-Bet and to not get our frequencies out of line.
Monotone flops can be quite tricky to play. Despite them not being extremely frequent spots, it can still be valuable to understand them a little better. In this video Cory attempts to do just that by breaking down some C-Betting ranges on monotone flops.
So now we know how to C-Bet. But we can still be put in a tricky spot by our opponent if we face a check raise. How wide should we defend? What if we think our opponent is not check raising enough bluffs? What does our 3-Bet range looks like? All of these questions and more will be answered in this video.
Now that we know the objectives the IP player has when C-Betting, how do we effectively counter their strategy when we are OOP? What are our objectives and how do we achieve them? Richard introduces the concept of Forcing and Absorbing hands. Keeping these ideas in mind should prove to be extremely valuable the next time you're playing a session.
Richard continues exploring the decision making processes by introducing a simple 3 step approach which builds on concepts from the previous videos 1-1 and 1-2 to tie a knot in our in game decision making.
Donking: all of us think about it but very few of us do it, and even less of us do it well. Firstly, we learn when to donk. That means answering the questions of which types of boards, in which situations and finally with what type of hands. Did you know that there are some situations where the OOP player should donk as often as 60% of the time? Can you guess which situation and board combination this is?
We all know the spot. We call a raise from the UTG player and the board comes AK9 suited. A horrible spot where it just feels like we can't win. Interestingly, would you expect that our check raise % in this spot is actually higher than it is on the same board vs the BTN? Learn how to defend yourself in the BB next time you feel like you're in a spot where your range is in big trouble.
Cory introduces the situation of being OOP as the PFR. He compares a couple situations where this spot is most prevalent and explains how much we C-Bet on certain boards in certain situations and why.
Join Richard as he dives into the frequency overview for CO vs BTN. Not only does this video contain useful information about this specific spot, but you can also learn how Richard approaches using the frequency sheet to extract the most possible information.
Richard expands on Cory's introductory video and dives deeper into the most important concepts to remember.
In the previous videos we mostly talked about how we are very rarely C-Betting. In this video we take a different approach. Which hands are the higher frequency C-Bets? What components do we want to look for in our hand?
Cory delves deep into analyzing a dynamic flop OOP as the PFR. Given the C-Betting strategy has been discussed in previous videos he will put his full focus towards check calling, and perhaps more interestingly check raising. Some check raise bluffs can be a little surprising.
Looking at a paired board we find some interesting stuff happening. Some boards we never check raise, others we check raise a healthy amount. Why? What do our check raising ranges look like when we do check raise a decent amount? Chances are you're not finding enough bluffs when you have an extremely overpair heavy range.
The highest frequency C-Betting boards unsurprisingly are A-high boards. But we can rarely get away with betting everything. What type of hands C-Bet and which ones do we check?
To finish up this module Richard compares 2 seemingly different situations and explains where there are similarities and how they differ. Learning about these differences can help us play both situations more accurately. For example, learning why a hand is a check call OOP vs the PFR, whereas it is a check raise OOP as the PFR.
Double barreling can be tricky and it’s perhaps one of the more misplayed spots by the general population. It's really easy to bet too infrequently and way too merged. Learn how to properly polarize in the first part which is all about bricks, top pair pairing, and straightening turns!
In the second part, the focus is on flushing turns and paired flops with a couple of different runouts. Master your double barreling with this video!
Now that we have discussed double barreling, it is also important to know how to correctly play versus the double barrel. Join Cory as he discusses not only the bottom of our calling range, but also the bottom of our check raise value range (We can go thinner than you might think). Check raise bluffing is of course also covered in detail.
With our flop strategy dialed in, it's time to talk about delay C-Betting. Given that we bet a polar range on the flop we should have plenty of hands that want to put in a turn bet. Cory does a detailed analysis of several turns to find overlapping concepts.
In part 1 of the probing series Richard goes over dynamic turns and explains which hands to bet, which hands to check raise, and most importantly why. You’ll learn about distinguishing strong and medium strong value hands and how to play both categories. In addition, which hands make the most sense to bluff with.
Now Richard takes a look at straightening turns. Learn why splitting your range can be extremely valuable on some straightening textures and understand how to perform these splits.
In the final installment of the probing series, Richard goes over flushing and board pairing textures. He analyzes bet sizing choices and looks into selected strategies with individual combos.
Step one of successfully defending vs a probe is having a good flop check back range. Having established a sound checking back strategy in the flop module, it's time for the next step. In general, finding your defending thresholds is pretty straight forward, but there exists a tricky component: finding the raises. Did you know that you can actually raise merged in some instances to generate thin value?
An extremely hard to play and potentially costly spot. The pot is large and both players have strong ranges. If we don't understand how to approach these situations we can make a lot of big mistakes. Join Richard as he breaks down ranges and frequencies in these scenarios. In addition, he introduces the frequency sheet for this spot. Make sure to check it out!
When reaching the turn after a high frequency C-Betting spot as the OOP PFR we get to the turn with a lot of medium strength hands. If you're not paying attention this can result in check folding too many of those hands thinking they are not strong enough to continue for a pot sized bet. To tackle this problem, Richard introduces the concept of the equity retention bet on the turn which is an extremely important concept in PLO that can be applied to many more situations.
Leading the turn is a frequently overlooked option by many players. It is actually a pretty important part of our strategy on some runouts. This video teaches you how to recognize the runouts where we do have a turn leading range.
Now that we know which runouts have leads, what type of hands do we want to lead with?
Small, medium or large? How big do we bet? Why does the solver sometimes go small but other times refrain from doing so. Knowing the answers to these questions is the first step to playing a proper river strategy. Join Richard as he walks you through the answers to all these questions and more. A must see video before venturing out into the rest of the river module.
We all know that playing IP and OOP is fundamentally different, but in which ways exactly? In this video Richard explains how changes in your position alter your river strategy. Fun toy-game examples like switching around the ranges in certain spots or making the BB and BTN have identical ranges make this an extremely useful and informative video.
In the first part of the triple barreling section Cory discusses a variety of different runouts and how our triple barreling strategy shifts on each of them: brick runout, straight runout, top pairing runout, bottom pairing runout and the flushing runout.
In the second installment Cory goes over the spots that he wasn't able to cover in the last video.
Whoever told you that size matters is wrong. Small pots are just as important (if not more important!) than larger pots. They are extremely frequent and prime spots to exploit weaker players who can have overly weak ranges on the river. Do not gloss over them just because they are small! In this video the topic is all about checked down pots. Learn just how thin you can go for value when ranges are weak. You are almost definitely missing some of these valuebets in game.
Another entry into the value threshold series. This time it's all about the river after we C-Bet the flop but check back the turn.
The final entry of the value threshold series. Learn how wide you can go for value after you check back the flop and then delay C-Bet the turn.
Facing large bets on the river can be quite tricky. We have a lot of hands that seem like decent bluff catchers but it's hard to select the right ones. In this video Richard looks at a couple fundamental concepts that we have to consider when we think about bluff catching certain combos.
In the theory in practice segment, Cory and Richard join forces to analyze some real life hand history examples. In these examples we show you how concepts discussed in the theory videos apply in practice. In the first video we look at defending vs a turn probe on a board that is quite bad for the IP player. Next, an OOP as the PFR situation is analyzed. And finally, we look at a situation where we defend the big blind facing a raise from a tighter opponent and we see a flop with a reasonable leading frequency.
In the second part, we start by analyzing a tricky bluff-catching situation facing large bets from an aggressive opponent on a paired board. What type of hands do we bluffcatch with? Next, we look at a turn probing situation with a board pairing turn. And finally, we look at another turn probing situation where we turn a straight on a flushing turn. Can we bet 2 streets for value or do we check hoping to get some thinner value on the river?
In the final part of the theory in practice videos, we start by looking at an IP as the PFR situation. We C-bet the flop and have to decide on the turn if we want to double barrel. We then need to figure out how much we’re willing to call with a weak bluff catcher after checking back the turn. Next, one of the trickiest spots in PLO, blind vs blind as the SB with a pair and a wrap, but the catch is that we have a non nut wrap. To finish things off, another blind vs blind spot as the SB where this time we find ourselves in a high frequency flop C-Bet situation. We end up having to navigate the turn with a medium strength hand.