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This course provides an introduction to Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better (PLO8). The course is introductory in the sense that no prior experience with PLO8 is assumed. However, the course will provide a solid foundation of all the fundamental skills required to beat PLO8 cash games and tournaments. Topics covered include basic goals and strategy, starting hand selection, post-flop play, game selection, and profiling and exploiting opponents.
|Section 1: My First Section|
|After the course objectives and outline are given, the basic rules and play of PLO8 are described. Topics include reading the board, determining winning high and low hands, counterfeiting, and pot-limit betting structure.|
|This written lecture supplements Lecture 1.|
|In PLO8 the goal is to scoop pots, or failing that to get three-quarters of them. This lecture begins with a description of how this central goal determines playable starting hands and how our starting hand range varies with position.|
|Written supplement to Lecture 3.|
|The flop is the most important street in PLO8 in determining whether you are a winning player. In this lecture I give a comprehensive description of the factors that you need to consider when making decisions on the flop. The key concepts are illustrated with hand examples.|
|Supplement to Lecture 5|
|In addition to describing tactics on the turn and river, game selection and player profiling are also discussed.|
|This lecture supplements and extends the material in Lecture 7.|
|In this lecture we look at PLO8 tournaments. The main focus will be on how and why we adjust our basic cash-game strategy to maximize profit in such tournaments. Other topics include how to play both big stacks and short stacks effectively, and short-handed adjustments you will need to make when you reach the final table.|
|The written supplement to video Lecture 9. Additional material includes a more detailed discussion of relating NLHE "M zones" to PLO8 tournaments.|
|In this video hands from cash games are analyzed and used to illustrate strategic and tactical concepts introduced in the earlier lectures.|
|A continuation of Part I|
|This lecture provides a written description of the hands presented in Lectures 11 and 12.|
|Key hands from the weekly PokerStars $215 PLO8 tournament are presented for discussion.|
Keith "Kat" Martin is a professional poker player specializing in Omaha variants. Originally from London, England, Kat moved to the United States to work for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope project. After a brief detour through the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto, he was employed as a university professor. On receiving tenure at the University of Missouri, Kansas City he panicked and resigned his position to play poker for a living.
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