That's debatable: NLHE v PLO
Following on from WVH's idea in this thread
, below is my opening argument in the debate that NLHE is a better game to concentrate on than PLO. Marginal should be along in time to argue the PLO side. Please save any responses until after he's had a chance to put his case as well.
My opposition in this debate, the esteemed and highly respectable Marginal, is going to try to convince you that PLO is a better game to play than NLHE. Some of his arguments may sound plausible - you may find yourselves nodding your heads in agreement and thinking "He's right, PLO really is an untapped gold mine of donks and lulz"
. So it's a good thing you've got me here to tell you that he is a false prophet and no matter how convincing his arguments may sound NLHE is the game you really
want to be playing.
There are a bunch of different reasons for making NLHE your preferred game.
One of the obvious ones is that it's the game pretty much all new players start with. As we all know, most new players are easy prey that just give away their money so it's hard to ignore the sheer quantity of them at NLHE tables. These players aren't restricted to the low stakes by the way: new players with money from outside poker come to NLHE tables to spew it away at pretty much all stakes. Obviously there are fish at PLO tables too but the sheer quantity of them that flow straight onto the NLHE tables can't be ignored.
NLHE also gives you the freedom to choose the game format you'll play those fish at. PLO only really has one format that runs with any frequency: short handed cash games, either 6-max or HU. If that's not to your tastes you're not likely to get much PLO action. NLHE players, on the other hand, have the freedom to choose from HU, 6-max or full ring, SnGs and MTTs, all of which run around the clock with about as much action as you can handle and all stakes. That's just talking online, by the way. If you play live there are a lot of places in the world where you won't get any PLO action at all. In almost all cases if there's a game going to run NLHE will be the first choice. You'll be faced with situations where it's "NLHE or nothing" a lot more often than situations where PLO is the only game running.
Anyone with aspirations of becoming a sponsored professional has to play NLHE by the way. TV viewers have made it clear time and time again that the only game they want to watch is NLHE and if you want to become a sponsored pro you have to play on TV... which means you have to play NLHE.
The sheer number of resources available to a player learning NLHE vastly outweighs those available to a PLO player. There are thousands of books available on NLHE in all of its different formats. There are loads of knowledgeable NLHE players willing to share their experience and insights on forums. There are odds
calculators, ICM calculators, hand charts and all sorts of other tools available. Yes, PLO players have resources too but they're not available in the same quantity and nor are they as easy to find.
In summary NLHE is a game with a constant stream of new fish. It gives you the freedom to play a wide variety of game formats and there are loads of resources available to help you learn them. If you're career-minded it's a game you have to be able to play and the action is endless.
And if you need any further convincing I'll leave you with this last thought: PLO makes your hair fall out. Just look at two of the game's most famous players, Ziigmund and Patrik Antonius
Thank you and goodnight.