Pot Limit Omaha: Understanding Winning Play - William Jockusch

PLO has really risen in popularity over the last few years, and there really aren’t a lot of good books out there which will give you much more than the basics.  So anything that you can get your hands on which will take you beyond this is definitely worth a read if you are looking to improve your PLO game, and this book definitely qualifies in that category.

While this still is a beginners book, meaning it is suitable for PLO beginners, it’s also a book that more experienced PLO players can benefit from as well.  In particular, Jockusch prefers a short stack strategy, and even if you are familiar with how to use this in other games, seeing it used in PLO by an experienced practitioner definitely will be beneficial.

Even if you aren’t turned on by looking to become a short stacker, seeing him use it will have the benefits of at least providing insights as to how these players think and the rationale behind what they will be using against you.

However, some people feel that this would have been a more well rounded book if it had also focused a lot on playing with full stacks, and I tend to agree.  However, there are other books for this, and we need not look at a book as needing to be so encompassing.  So when you look at this book as being mostly a manual for playing sound short stack PLO, then it becomes seen in the proper light.

If I were looking to teach a newer player PLO, I’d actually advise starting out playing this way, and then as you improve, you can look to expand your game.  Short stacking, when played well, does serve to limit your losses, and Jockursch’s tighter version of it definitely does.  

Newer PLO players tend to start out playing way too loose anyway, seeing the potential for winning hands at every turn, and generally not realizing how strong a hand you really need to be drawing to, so this would indeed be a good place to start your PLO education.

I do think though that in terms of becoming a good PLO player, the author’s advice is definitely a little too much on the conservative side, but like any other form of poker, it’s an ongoing learning process and players will open up their games when the time is right and they have learned enough, and they will need to read more than this book to get there of course.

Having the hand examples at the end of the book is something that people have found to be a little annoying, and only the author knows for sure why it is set up this way, but flipping back and forth definitely isn’t a treat.  However, its not that big of a deal and I certainly wouldn’t let this deter me from reading it.

So overall a pretty good read for those looking to learn or increase their understanding of PLO. It may not be the best book on PLO but it’s one of the good ones.

Rating: 4 out of 5