This is a discussion on Profitable in PLO within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; What is the best strategy in the PLO game that can be more profitable? play loose or play tight?
When starting out in PLO I have two basic recommendations.
First, do a lot of limping until you learn what hands you should be winning with. The NLH cheat sheets don't work the same in PLO. There may be some for PLO, but I don't know. Anyway, in PLO the hands you can win with are much different than in NLH. I even heard someone say "in PLO the starting cards don't matter so do your betting after the flop."
Second, PLO can be very profitable IF you are playing against newbies. If the people you are playing against don't really know what they're doing and you do then you can massively take advantage of that, even more-so than in NLH. This is because, unlike the first point, if you know what you are doing then you have learned when to be betting pre-flop and can easily get pre-flop calls when they are at a disadvantage. However, if people at the table are good, then it can be very hard to make a profit playing PLO because you will find out quickly that those players fold when you want them to call and raise when you want them to fold.
PLO can be even more fun than hold-em because of how wide of a range of hands that can be played well. But it can also be more expensive given that the only people playing it tend to be really good at it.
Garbage in / garbage out - hand selection is very important.
More important is understanding how ranges are impacted by flops/boards (better board for the raiser or the caller?)
There is no substitute for experience - play a lot or watch an experienced player (on Twitch or a training video) navigate postflop play.
July 13th, 2018, 11:39 AM
There are a lot of PLO tutorials on YouTube that you might be interested to watch. Those are really entertaining while educational
July 15th, 2018, 1:02 AM
re: Poker & Profitable in PLO
If you are starting out you definitely want to play tighter in PLO. If you are coming from a NLHE background, then certain hands that look strong to you likely will not be as strong in PLO as you think they are.
Pay attention to other good players at the table. Look at what sorts of hands they are showing down. This will give you an idea of their preflop ranges. Also pay attention to the losing players at your table. They will likely be playing too many hands and thus will have invested money into pots with weaker holdings. This may work out once in a while for them when they have a hand that they aren't expected to have, but it's costly in the long run to play too loose in PLO.
July 15th, 2018, 7:45 PM
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I would recommend playing strong hands only. Double suited preferably. Take a look at hand selection for PLO to see what hands are good pre-flop equity that you may not expect. (AAJT/AAKK are great, but double suited connectors do well too e.g. T987hhcc)