How to Exploit Loose Passive Players

PLO can be a frustrating game. Many serious players, especially those with a Hold’em background, come into PLO and are excited by the sight of all the loose players splashing about in the pot. Their excitement soon turns to exasperation as their opponents seem to never fold but always get there. And this exasperation turns to desperation when they realize that the simple strategies that worked so well in Hold’em are actually losing against the fish.

If seems familiar to you, or if you simply feel that you are missing value given the radical departure of the loose-passive player’s approach from […]

By |2018-08-01T16:32:13+00:00July 31st, 2018|

A Structural Analysis of the Small Blind Response

Every poker player experiences this at one time or other… maybe it’s happening to you at the moment: that one player who, no matter what you do, seems to keep beating you out of pots. It could be that they keep putting in one more bet than your hand is comfortable with, or that when you finally have it they seem to get away. Facing that player, your own nemesis, day after day, takes a toll on even the best players.

My private clients often ask me to help them to exploit a specific opponent they are having trouble with in […]

By |2018-07-31T17:58:32+00:00July 20th, 2018|

Rangefinders: Which hands should you fold to a 3-bet?

– Heraclitus

New players to Omaha struggle at the tables because they have weak thought processes. Some weak thought processes are bad questions. And one of these bad questions is, “Which hands should I fold to a 3-bet?”

Experienced Omaha players, if they are feeling patient and kind (or being paid), will ask a series of clarifying questions to better ascertain the context of the situation:

“What position did you open from?”
“What position did your opponent 3-bet from?”
“What are the stack sizes?”
“What are your opponent’s tendencies?”

And so on. Clarifying questions, if carefully crafted, serve to parameterize the context of the situation to […]

By |2018-06-23T19:50:31+00:00June 21st, 2018|
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