Tips to help you win a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament
By Bob Garcia
These strategies are proven to help players improve their PLO game
Needless to say, Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) tournaments are becoming a poker variant that is starting to take off in a big way. In fact, major online and physical tournaments, such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP), are starting more and more PLO tournament events than ever before. This format has the advantage of being extraordinarily fun for recreational players and too profitable for those who have a good knowledge of the subject. If you are looking to sit down at a PLO table and take home some good winnings, then you should keep in mind some tips that will definitely help you.
First of all, be selective. In PLO tournaments, you can gain great advantages by playing with deep stacks against players who have little experience. Pay detailed attention to the structure of the tournament. Your advantage will grow the more you stack your poker game. Many experts have made it clear that the most profitable tournaments are those that start with deep stacks and have longer blind levels.
Another important tip to keep in mind is to be willing to limp in. Due to factors such as a rake, in 6-max PLO cash games, you will generally want to avoid limping. However, in PLO tournaments, it is quite possible that limping can become a fairly successful strategy. In key tournament stages, and especially with low and medium stack sizes, limping can be an essential tool that will help you minimize variance and still increase your winnings.
And lastly, whenever you have strong hands made, play fast and don’t think twice. Your opponents’ most likely weakness will be overvalued hands, and that’s where you have to take advantage. If you notice that they are calling your bets with too wide a range, there is really no concrete reason for you to play slow hands as often as you would in cash games.