Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pot Limit Omaha Sit and Go Tournaments - Part #3 - Position In Early Game Strategy

Time for the next installment of PLO SNG Strategy... this post will look at position, both absolute and relative to the pre-flop raiser. Many of these factors could also apply to Pot Limit Omaha cash game strategy too... this series is aimed at beginning PLO players.

Firstly, what do we mean by position? This is when you are last to act - usually attributed to being last after the flop. The dealer button position (last to act before the blinds before the flop) is usually the last to act after the flop.

This has many benefits - the main one being that you get to see what your opponents do before you decide on your own action. In a pot limit game this is even more beneficial than in no-limit, you get more information to go on over several streets.

The last PLO Sit N Go Strategy article looked at starting hands, it follows that the benefit of playing in position means you can play more hands here, some 3-card hands that you might have folded when first to act might become playable for a small percentage of your stack.

Note: The starting hands and other PLO articles can be found via the 'PLO Strategy Links' post in the top right corner of this blog.

There is an even more important aspect of position that many newer PLO players overlook - this is known as 'relative position'... this describes your position relative to the pre-flop raiser, here is an example:

You are in the dealer button position and see 2 early position players limp. The guy to your immediate right raises and you call... now the Big Blind and the 2 limpers all call the raise. Here you are last to act after the flop as before - however the pre-flop raiser is on your right. What often happens here is that the early position players check to the raiser. If he continuation bets you have completely lost the ability to act last... you must decide whether to call or re-raise before you know what the other 3 players in the hand are planning to do... often forcing you to fold hands that might have been worth a call in last position.

The risk of being sandwiched between the pre-flop raiser and other players means you need a good hand to call a raise in these spots, you can not loosen your requirements for being on the button.

Will carry on the PLO Strategy posts with thoughts on pre-flop raising very soon!

Cheers, Mark

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