Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) Books
Book Review: Pot Limit Omaha Poker by Jeff Hwang
This is the best book on Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) ever published.
Bold statement? Perhaps, but here is finally a Pot Limit book that brings it all together, including Pot Limit High. This entry from Kensington Publishing (copyright 2008) stands head and shoulders above previous attempts to explain this game. Bob Ciaffone, Stewart Reuben, and Rolf Slotboom have good strategy, and Lyle Berman’s PLO section in Super/System 2 is quite good, but Pot Limit Omaha Poker is the first text that will allow the player to become quite good at the game simply by mastering all of the concepts within its pages.
The content in this book is excellent, in all three sections, but it is the main focus of the book (Pot Limit Omaha, high only) where it really shines. Hwang starts by explaining the big-pot strategy, which basically means that the objective of PLO is to play hands that have potential to flop big draws (or big made hands plus big redraws), bet them strongly when hit, and win big pots. The outlook that more speculative hands can be played in position, for cheap, and by good players, is correct. Losing a few small pots on the way to the inevitable big pot is always a long term winning strategy.
Hwang reviews basic play for new Omaha players, but a sound knowledge of Texas Holdem is assumed throughout. This book is not for players with no poker experience at all. The first real strategy section is that on the straight draws. Rightly, the author discusses straight draws even before starting hand selection, an excellent teaching strategy, since the straight draws (and the starting hands that make them) are so crucial to PLO.
Flop play is then carefully dissected, again, an excellent teaching strategy, since playing well on the flop is so important to successful Omaha play. The author continues with several pages of good hand quizzes, giving the reader choices and feedback after each stage of the practice hands. The conclusion has low strategy content, but is very effective in putting the reader in a good frame of mind to play intelligent poker.
Areas for Improvement:
The biggest complaint against this book is its relative lack of content. Only 177 of the 317 pages are devoted to pot limit Omaha, high only. Two other sections in the book are meant to lead the player into PLO8 (pot limit Omaha in a split pot format). The author rightly assumes that knowledge of PL high only, and fixed limit high-low split, eight or better (O8) are essential to learning PLO8, but high-only and high-low split are really quite different games, and by covering both in one book, the author has essentially given short shrift to both. There is a real need for a good Omaha high-low entry in the poker book market, and one covering both limit O8 and PLO8 would fill a void. The author would be well served to rewrite this book into two separate titles, one on PLO and the second on both forms of O8 (high-low split).
How to Buy the Pot Limit Omaha Poker Book
With a USD 14.95 cover price, Pot Limit Omaha Poker by Jeff Hwang is an excellent value, and is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to expand their game from the ubiquitous Texas holdem.
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