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I’ve been doing a series of articles on PLO, looking at some of the basics for new players. PLO is a big jump from No-Limit Hold’em, but if your Hold’em skills are solid, it’s an amazing experience that will benefit you as an all-around poker player. And best of all, it will even take your No-Limit Hold’em game to the next level, because you’ll be forced to think so deeply about concepts like outs and blockers, they will almost seem trivial when you return to Hold’em.

In my last article we talked about crucial PLO concepts such as position, blockers, and pot control. Today, I’m going to be talking about playing pocket aces, a (seemingly) trivial topic in Hold’em. Just get your money in, right? In PLO, it’s not so simple…


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Imagine you are in this situation:

You have T9. You are in the big blind. It’s folded to the cutoff. He’s a young guy. You’re in a $235 live event in Vegas. He seems modest. He wears a plain tee and normal jeans. He seems educated about the game, but he’s not lording his talents over others. He seems to be a well-adjusted guy in his late 20’s.


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I was recently told about a poker hand that illustrates a few detrimental errors many amateur players make on a regular basis. In a $2/$5 no-limit hold’em cash game, our Hero decided to raise to $10 out of his $350 stack with T4 from middle position.


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I was recently told about a hand by an amateur poker player that illustrates a few key errors many players make on a regular basis. In a $2/$5 no-limit hold’em cash game, our Hero raised to $30 out of his $200 effective stack with AJ.


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I was recently told about a hand from a $500 buy-in live poker tournament that illustrates an error many amateur players make on a regular basis. With blinds at 1,000/2,000 with a 200 ante, the action folded to our Hero in third position at a nine-handed table who raised to 5,000 out of his 75,000 stack with KKs-KdK.



This is a hand from last year’s PokerStar’s Caribbean Adventure where I was commentating. I will share with you a particularly sweet hand played by Daniel Negreanu. Daniel made it clear that he had been working hard on his game, and this hand clearly illustrates that to be the case.



I was recently recounted a hand from a $1/$3 no-limit hold’em cash game that illustrates a few flaws in the average small stake player’s strategy. With a $700 effective stack, Hero raised to $20 from second position at a nine-handed table with KQ



I was recently told about a hand played by an amateur poker player in a $500 buy-in tournament that illustrates a common mistake that many players make on a regular basis. With blinds at 1,000/2,000 with a 200 ante, everyone folded to the player on the button who called 2,000 out of his 80,000 stack. This player is known to call with a wide range from late position, hoping to flop well. The small blind, an unknown player with 50,000, also called. Our Hero, with a 30,000 stack, decided to check in the big blind with 42.



I was recently told about a hand from a $1/$1 no-limit cash game that illustrates a few mistakes that many amateur players make on a regular basis. The first two players at a nine-handed table called $1 and then the Hero in third position raised to $25 out of his $425 effective stack with 9-9.



I was recently told about a hand from a $1/$2 no-limit cash game that illustrates two errors that many amateur players make on a regular basis. A generally tight player raised to $5 out of his $200 stack from first position at a 7-handed table. Another reasonable player called from the hijack seat (two to the right of the button). Hero called with 99 from the small blind.


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