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 any semblance of optimal play, then stick around.

This video is part of a series that I am creating on heuristic methods in PLO. The series will vary in its complexity but will consistently focus on giving you intelligent decision frameworks that you can take to the tables today. If you’re smarter than the average poker player and prefer deep understanding to routine memorization then you will enjoy these videos.

After watching this video you will have a better understanding of how loose-passive players look at the game and a couple of tools in your arsenal to help you maximally exploit them.

If you learn something from this video you will enjoy my new course, Dynamic Blind Defence, which features heuristic methods backed by in-house simulations to help you to build adaptive pre-flop ranges in real-time from the blinds.

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


  1. Jason December 31, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    This video defines the fundamental post flop heads up mistake made at all levels of PLO. As my PLO game improved over the years I naturally transitioned into these types of post flop bet sizes coordinated to boards, but I never realized how exploitable it was, especially on paired monotone flops until seeing your opponent continuing range stats. Appreciate this free content. I will consider your course as well.

  2. Adrian August 19, 2018 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for giving out free content Phil.
    I play 1/2c so I feel like its no point in buying your course until I play atleast 5/10c.
    I believe you make the best theory blogs/vids, what Ive seen so far atleast. And I really want to improve so Ive been checking around quit abit and yours the best ☺

    • Phil Rocquemore August 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Adrian,

      I’m glad that you are enjoying the content on the blog. If you’re still playing micros then the best course of action is a combination of practice at the tables and studying the free materials here. When you start beating games for a good clip then you can consider paid content. Good luck at the tables!

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