An Introduction to PLO8

This course provides an introduction to Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better (PLO8). The course is introductory i
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  • 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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An Introduction to PLO8

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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.

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  • SECTION 1:
    My First Section
  • 1
    Introduction: The Basics
    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.
  • 2
    Introduction: The Basics (supplement)
    12 slides
    This written lecture supplements Lecture 1.
  • 3
    Strategic objectives and pre-flop play
    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.
  • 4
    Strategic objectives and pre-flop play (supplement)
    17 slides
    Written supplement to Lecture 3.
  • 5
    Playing the flop
    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.
  • 6
    Playing the flop (supplement)
    22 slides
    Supplement to Lecture 5
  • 7
    The turn, river, and other topics
    In addition to describing tactics on the turn and river, game selection and player profiling are also discussed.
  • 8
    The turn, river, and other topics (supplement)
    19 slides
    This lecture supplements and extends the material in Lecture 7.
  • 9
    PLO8 Tournaments
    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.
  • 10
    PLO8 Tournaments (supplement)
    15 slides
    The written supplement to video Lecture 9. Additional material includes a more detailed discussion of relating NLHE "M zones" to PLO8 tournaments.
  • 11
    Animated cash game hands: Part I (video)
    In this video hands from cash games are analyzed and used to illustrate strategic and tactical concepts introduced in the earlier lectures.
  • 12
    Animated cash game hands: Part II (video)
    A continuation of Part I
  • 13
    Analysis of animated cash game hands
    13 slides
    This lecture provides a written description of the hands presented in Lectures 11 and 12.
  • 14
    Some tournament hands
    Key hands from the weekly PokerStars $215 PLO8 tournament are presented for discussion.


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