Beating Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) SNG’s – Bubble and Beyond
In the third and final part of our guide to beating Pot-Limit Omaha SNG’s, the Tip Top Fox shows you how to burst the bubble and cruise into the cash spots
Following on from part one: Beating Pot-Limit Omaha SNG’s – Basic Strategy Guide and part two: Beating Pot-Limit Omaha SNG’s – Early and Middle Stage Play this is the third and final installment of our Pot-Limit Omaha Sit and Go (SNG) guide.
The bubble is the most crucial point of any SNG and the PLO version is no different. This is the make-or-break point of your tournament, as you will have to take some calculated gambles here to make the money. Of course, the chances of your opponent waking up with a monster when you get short-handed is significantly less, allowing you more opportunities to get creative and put them to the test.
Playing Draws Aggressively
When you get this far you should be playing to win, rather than just to cash. One way to increase your aggression factor and improve your win rate is by playing your big draws aggressively.
For example, say you have called a raise in position against one opponent while holding 10♥-9♥-7♣-6♣ and the flop comes 8♥-5♥-J♣. Even if your opponent has a hand like A♦-A♠-J♦-J♠ or K♦-K♠-J♦-J♠ a player holding a big wrap (a draw in which at least three different cards can complete the straight) with a flush draw is a 60/40 favourite over someone holding top set.
Don’t be afraid to come over the top with your monster draws, in most cases, you can pick up the pot right there and even if you do get called you can still hit to win.
The biggest difference between NLHE and PLO SNG’s is obviously the betting structure. Simply put, it becomes tougher to go all-in pre-flop as the bubble approaches as your opponents often have the correct odds to call.
Not only does this mean independent chip modelling (ICM) becomes less effective, it also translates to having to play more flops and out-think the opposition.
Awareness of stack sizes and table dynamics is critical at this point; you can be more liberal with your raises if you are not in a hand with the short-stack to put pressure on the remaining players who may be looking to fold their way into the money. Conversely, if a medium stack comes out firing pot-sized bets when there is a short-stack present then they generally have a monster.
As soon as the bubble bursts continue to push your position. Controlling pot size is the key to success in PLO – it is you and not your opponent that wants to be the one who decides whether to play a large or small pot.
This is what makes position such a key factor and you should be playing your button aggressively and attempt to pressure the other players into playing pots out of position where there is more chance they will make a mistake.