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Hello all,

I will be playing 1/2 PLO live later tonight and while I've been doing studying and thinking on my own, I wanted to ask the more experienced PLO players here what they believe is the best general strategy at a low stakes live PLO game. Obviously fancy play syndrome is likely torching money at this level since I'm expecting to be facing players who usually play NLHE and will call too much for me to run any kind of ambitious bluffs.

Would it just be best to play similar to how one would play in a 1/2 NL game live? i.e. high value hands, low bluffing frequency, etc.

Of course I could be completely off base as I'm a very novice PLO player but I feel like I'm smart enough to grasp the basics pretty quickly. Let me know your thoughts! Thank you.

Oct. 8, 2018 | 9:18 a.m.

This is the first PLO video I've seen on here that I felt comfortable with. I'm playing a 1/3 streamed game at a card room in a couple weeks but Im totally new so Im trying to learn as much as I can, haha. Thank you for laying it all out so I can digest it!

Oct. 2, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

His check seems pretty bizarre, so I honestly don't blame you as his line looks really spewy. I think when he does that you kinda just have to give him your whole stack, because at microstakes people generally play overpairs really fast.

Sept. 25, 2018 | 10:55 a.m.

Great video!

When you define villain as a weak reg who folds "a lot" to 3 bets, how often is a lot, exactly?

Aug. 17, 2018 | 1:28 p.m.

Is there a maximum defending frequency in the blinds vs button open, or is it player dependent?

Jan. 14, 2017 | 1:36 a.m.

I couldnt reply to the message you sent to me, but thank you, that clears things up and makes sense.

Nov. 11, 2015 | 8:50 a.m.

the textures are somwhat similar, no? backdoors and what not?

Nov. 2, 2015 | 12:10 a.m.

Why do you recommend that hero check back JdTs on 668dd board and then recommend that hero c-bet A5ss on J47 rainbow?

Nov. 2, 2015 | 12:10 a.m.

Comment | 209twitch commented on Bluff : Value Ratios

OHHH okay so it was on the turn as opposed to on the river. I think that's where the confusion arose. Thanks for the clarification!

Oct. 28, 2015 | 10:07 p.m.

Comment | 209twitch commented on Bluff : Value Ratios

hmmm..I must be confused. Around 7:10-7:13 you say "if we only bet these 12 combinations (im referring to the 4 bluff, 8 value game) =, P2's best response is to always fold"

Oct. 26, 2015 | 12:14 a.m.

Comment | 209twitch commented on Bluff : Value Ratios

One of my favorite Essential instructors, Steve. Really stellar job.

For clarification, when P1 has 4 bluff combos and 8 value combos on the river, P2 should always fold because there are more value than bluff combos, meaning that P2 will lose money overall, correct?

Oct. 25, 2015 | 11:05 p.m.

I just re-listened to your answer in the video to my question here LOL. I definitely see the value in betting here, especially with a str8/flush blocker.

Oct. 25, 2015 | 10:46 p.m.

At 1:10 with the 98 with 9h hand on a run out of T Qh Th 7 Ah, you decide to three barrel on the river. Can I ask what hands we expect to get folds from? It would seem to me that most of the time, villain's range here is going to consist of a lot of T-x and heart draws, possibly Ax or AQ. I do see the point that it's difficult for hero to have many bluffs here, but at the same time I think it's difficult for villain to have many weak bluff catchers. Cheers!

Oct. 25, 2015 | 10:44 p.m.

This video. Sorry to hear you're sick mate! That may be it, but it does seem like an audio muffling. In the beginning your voice is very clear, but at 0:25 the audio quality lessens. It's not a huge problem but just something I noticed.

Oct. 15, 2015 | 10 p.m.

I like your reasoning and content, only criticism I have actually has nothing to do with the poker but maybe you could get yourself a better mic? The audio quality is really muffled and I have to strain to hear you sometimes. Cheers!

Oct. 15, 2015 | 8:34 p.m.

Hand history overview:

Full Tilt Poker Game #35918661486: Full Tilt Classic Main Event (299120845), Table 11 - NL Hold'em - 200/400 Ante 50 - 13:48:36 PT - 2015/09/20 [16:48:36 ET - 2015/09/20]
Seat 1: PeanutsMiel (6,305), is sitting out
Seat 2: VILLAIN (9,502)
Seat 3: HERO (9,775)
Seat 4: BobbyBrown1972 (11,098)
Seat 5: linkintheory (8,617)
Seat 6: Juice McCooter (17,855)
Seat 7: beer43 (7,635), is sitting out
Seat 8: Blk9s (15,363), is sitting out
Seat 9: bgdnizmo (13,820)

HERO: [Ah Jc]
HERO raises to 800
BobbyBrown1972 folds
linkintheory folds
Juice McCooter folds
beer43 folds
Blk9s folds
bgdnizmo folds
PeanutsMiel folds
snoweverwyhere calls 400
* FLOP [3h 3s 5h] (Total Pot: 2,250, 2 Players)
snoweverwyhere checks
HERO bets 1,125
snoweverwyhere calls 1,125
TURN [3h 3s 5h] [Jh] (Total Pot: 4,500, 2 Players)
snoweverwyhere checks
HERO bets 7,800, and is all in
snoweverwyhere calls 7,527, and is all in
HERO shows [Ah Jc]
snoweverwyhere shows [Ks 3d]
Uncalled bet of 273 returned to HERO
RIVER * [3h 3s 5h Jh] [8d] (Total Pot: 19,554, 2 Players, 1 All-In
HERO shows two pair, Jacks and Threes
snoweverwyhere shows three of a kind, Threes

My thoughts:

With a few people sitting out, I felt like AJo was a reasonable open with appx 25bb (I late reg'd). Everyone folds to the BB, who makes the call. The flop in my opinion is one that I can both c-bet and check behind, although I felt that at my stack depth I would fold to too many turn stabs that weren't on an A/J/heart if I checked behind. I c-bet and villain calls. Turn is pretty interesting in that I hit top pair and have a nut flush draw, however here is where I feel as though I absolutely butchered this hand. Im not quite sure what to do here. I am pretty heavily armored vs straight draws given my nut flush draw, which cuts down on his potential outs. Im now beating pocket pairs (save full house ones) up to TT, tho I feel I woulda gotten jammed on by pocket pair combos on flop. So this is kind of a situation where Im beating a lot but cant get much worse to call. Should i have check called, and decided on river? I feel like no matter what Im going broke in this exact scenario.

Your thoughts?

Sept. 20, 2015 | 9:10 p.m.

25NL would be great

Sept. 16, 2015 | 11:22 p.m.

Kind of wish that the "enter comment" search field was at the top rather than the bottom. Anyway...

Is there a site or client I can use to calculate these spots more quickly than by hand when I go back into PT4 and check out river situations? Thanks again, just found part 1 of this series.

Sept. 10, 2015 | 12:33 a.m.

Comment | 209twitch commented on Betsizing (part 2)

I will definitely look more deeply into this! Both of your comments make a lot of sense. I had a feeling I wasn't going to be doing any calculations at the table, but I can see how it would translate, such as using a HUD online and knowing how to react to certain stats, and then going to play live and having a basic feel of how to react to different tendencies. Thank you both a lot!

Sept. 9, 2015 | 11:34 p.m.

Comment | 209twitch commented on Betsizing (part 2)

Looking at the equations seems pretty reasonable from an analytic standpoint, but how do you suppose one would approach these situations in real time? We obv dont have enough time to run the math for each individual hand, especially when multi tabling. Is this more of a theory kind of analysis, or is there a way to implement this while playing? Thanks for the vids.

Sept. 7, 2015 | 11:08 p.m.

Im looking to work on my MTT turbo game specifically...can anyone point me towards some solid pro vids for the essential plan? Many thanks in advance

July 6, 2015 | 7:10 a.m.

Makes sense. thanks!

June 29, 2015 | 12:49 a.m.

so in the beginning, to clarify....you're saying if villain bluffs too many rivers, then calling with 100% of our bluff catchers is +EV?

June 25, 2015 | 6:49 a.m.

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