“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”
Whilst a lot of professional poker players pride themselves on their ‘hand-reading abilities’, they tend to assume that their own betting lines are hard for other players to read.
In actual fact, there are many situations in PLO where the majority of players have transparent ranges. With multiple streets left to play, transparent ranges Pre-flop do a great deal of damage to your win-rate.
When raising first in, camouflaging our ranges is usually a minor consideration. We seek to play the best hand possible and, since the alternative to raising is folding, we have only one playable range to consider. But sometimes we have two playable ranges to consider and that is when camouflage comes to the fore.
In this article we began to address the most complex opening scenario in PLO,
“What is the optimal pre-flop strategy in a 6-max game when the action is folded to us in the Small Blind?”
That analysis led us to the conclusion that we should use both a raising range and a limping range in this situation. Yet many of you will find, when you examine your database, that your limping range performs quite poorly.
The investigation that follows will show you a problem that arises when you construct a limping range purely out of hands, “not good enough to open raise.”