Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) is the new No-Limit Hold’em, (NLHE). Players desperate for a little more action, or even just a change of scenery, are heading to the PLO tables in their droves.
But familiarity breeds contempt, and it is particularly so for a NLHE player when they first move to the PLO arena. Take limping, for example.
In the NLHE world, a limp is often seen as a sign of weakness. It’s the equivalent of showing a wounded Zebra to a ravenous pack of hyenas. It’s going to die, that’s not at question, but which one strikes the lethal blow is something else entirely.
Over zealous NLHE players are at risk of playing the same way when they first start playing PLO and this is a mistake. Take limping as an example. There are a lot more limpers in the game of PLO, and they very rarely – if ever – fold to a raise.
So, using the same strategies is not going to work, if anything, because of the sheer number of cold callers you are likely to get behind.
So instead of trying to isolate, why not limp behind instead. It’s true that you are offering an invitation for the rest of the table to join you, but as long as you are comfortable with your post flop play this shouldn’t be a major issue.
Players are always more honest in multi-way pots, so you can easily navigate your way through the choppy waters of these scenarios.
If you do have a hand worthy of raising, through pure hand strength alone, then you might still want to cold call, particularly if you have an aggressive player to your left who might try to isolate with a wider range.
PLO and NLHE are two completely different games – Make sure you treat them as such and you won’t end up like that poor old Zebra.