Thursday, March 6, 2014

PLO Question

Here's one that's been rattling around in my still-jet lagged brain the last couple of days:

In a pot limit game like PLO, a villain can bet at most the size of the pot. This means that a potential caller is always offered at least 2:1 pot odds. In other words, one only needs 33% hand equity to call a pot sized bet.

Because equities run so close in PLO, this would seem to mean that calling is much more frequently the right play (especially in position) than it is in, say, NLHE, where the equities tend to be further apart.

In other words (and yes there are a lot of factors that go into the decision), calling would seem to be the default decision when facing a bet in PLO. In contrast, the opposite (i.e., folding) is generally the default in hold'em.

Yes, no, or ??

All-in for now...


  1. You are more of less correct. Here's a mindblowing stat - if you're holding top 2 pair in PLO, a random hand has 30% equity against you. ANY RANDOM HAND almost has enough equity to call a pot sized bet!

    This is why I say that PLO is sometimes closer to LIMIT holdem than it is to no-limit.

  2. That's pretty damn amazing. My mind is truly blown.