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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DIMAT (8 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974150290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974150291
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Imagination's End on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Jeff Hwang's next instalment in his Omaha series offers a range of advice for playing PLO Omaha. As an advanced book it assumes a basic knowledge of the game, though I generally find the book would be useful even to newcomers (once they get over a small terminology gap).

The book is divided into several sections which could be read in any order. For a newer Omaha player we'd recommend actually skipping the first several chapters and starting directly with Small Ball. This is the starting point to the overall strategy and offers the most general view of the game.

We suspect Hwang might disagree somewhat since he indicates his strategy is somewhat based on floating, the topic of the first chapter. Though even without that first chapter his examples tend to be understandable and his strategy clear.

Once those overall strategy chapters are read, or if you've been playing Omaha a while, the rest can be scanned and read in any order. It is a lot of material that can't likely be appreciated in one or two sittings.

Many topics, such as the Stack-to-Pot ratio are well reviewed and relevant to any poker player. Further to this, much of the general advice is not just Omaha specific and could apply to a variety of games.

The focus of the book however is on Pot-Limit Omaha and that game is used as the inspiration to support all his ideas. Core to the book, and as the title implies, is small ball and short-handed play. Strangely they reside in different chapters though one gets the impression that Hwang is actually presenting them as a single strategy.

Hwang writes in a personal style and involves the reader in what he is presenting. This made the book mostly easy to read and interesting enough to go further.
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By Christopher on 31 Jan. 2014
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This book contains some useful information and techniques particularly if you're completely new to PLO, my main problems with it are as follows. It may be dated, but I can't be sure of that as it seems to contain much that pertains to the modern game so it's difficult to understand some of the content. For example the first section of the book details a variety of techniques for attacking 'weak' bets. These techniques are substantially founded on the premise that a non-pot sized bet is a 'weak' bet. My experience which is at low and mid stakes contradicts this. Pot is not the standard bet for the vast majority of players I've played with. And the inference that players betting less than pot should be attacked because their bet size speaks to the quality of their hand is inanely basic advice and even the most novice thinker would outsmart such a player continually. It's not advanced at all, and more importantly not even accurate to the state of the games. Hwang lists numerous hands where he floats flops with weak hands vs 'weak stabs' and in every example exactly what he wants to happen, happens. Which is usually the player check folding the turn. He says they are all real hands which they may well be but again it's not at all advanced tuition.
As I said it may be dated so up to this point I'd give it 3 stars because as I said it's not totally devoid of useful advice for beginners. My main gripe though is the writing quality. I have the e-book and it must have had zero proofing because it's riddled with errors mostly of fluency but in at least one case(which prompted me to write this review) there is a single erroneous word which completely reverses the intended meaning and renders the sentence contradictory and nonsensical.
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This is volume 1 of a 3 volume series about Omaha Poker, a growing trend in Poker in the last years.

The whole series is phenomenal. I can say that it obviously aims to do for Omaha cash games what Harrington series did for Tournament Hold' Em Poker... It has a similar structure, the 2 first volumes explain some of the writer's strategies in the game (as described in the title actually), while the third volume is packed with exercises, example hands, quizzes that help you check out where are you at, according to the writer's rankings...

Jeff Hwang is a really good writer, with his biggest advantage being the ability to explain with simple terms and thoughts a game that is much more complex than Hold' em.

In order for the reader to be able to gain full grasp and advantages of this series, he has to have read "The Big Play Strategy" prior to this. There you will find the basic strategies and foundations of Omaha Poker, and "The Big Play strategy" is actually the ground zero in Omaha Poker books of this millenium...

So go get that first (if you haven't already bought it) and then proceed with this series. Personally I did exactly that, and after reading the Big Play Strategy, I purchased all three of them at once... A great investment!

By the way, this is no series for beginners or light readers! The writer is very serious about the game and about his approach to it, so the books are full of great stuff, thoughts, strategies etc... Also all three books are packed with examples!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Jeff Hwang reinforces himself as the definitive writer on PLO 10 July 2009
By W. Read Pope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My first education in Omaha away from the felt came from Jeff's first book, "Pot Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy," which is still the book to read on deep stack Omaha play. In his new text, he does not so much refine the concepts from his previous book as he adds on to them, using deep stack dynamics as the fundamental building blocks to a greatly expanded small ball strategy.

In short, the strategy articulated here is one of using the positional advantage to confuse and terrorize opponents into giving up on a large number of small pots. A number of concepts are introduced here for the first time (at least in PLO literature; I'm sure many hold'em players will recognize the stack to pot ratio, although the application of it to Omaha leads to some surprising conclusions on when to shove), although all ultimately revolve around the use of position. You will be amazed to find how many pots virtually win themselves simply by playing in position and attacking weakness.

As for the style of the book itself, it is extremely readable, with complex topics broken down simply and an incredibly numerous listing of hand examples to demonstrate. Jeff is not above pointing out his own errors, and it is educational to see what is going through his mind, both in the hands he plays correctly and the occasional missteps. There are, however, a few typographical errors, such as the identical card coming up multiple times in the same hand, although these are easily overlooked.

While this is the best Omaha book I have read, and one of the best overall poker books too, I would put out a few words of caution before diving into it.
-One, it isn't for beginners. The advanced maneuvers described require a reasonable ability to both understand the texture of the board and the patterns employed by your opponents. Additionally, Jeff assumes you have read his first book, or at least understand all the concepts of big pot science described therein. I would highly recommend picking it up, reading it, and playing a lot of hands after reading it before picking this book up.
-Two, you have to be fearless to employ the concepts described here. Where you will often be calling bets extremely light for the sole purpose of bluffing/semi-bluffing later, you have to be willing to put your chips in; this isn't a strategy to be employed on a light bankroll (although, Omaha in general isn't the game for one either). Lower stakes online games are ideal for testing out the concepts described here, especially since the concepts are ideal for the 6-max format.

Overall, I can't recommend "Advanced PLO" enough. Even at 500+ pages, it is a quick read, and one which is sure to give you a lot to think about for the next time you sit down at the table.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent. 29 May 2010
By Daniel A. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I read and reviewed Jeff's first book I said that if you could only buy one book on Omaha poker that would be the one. I still feel that way. However, if you get hooked on Omaha and want to advance you skills, then you must invest in this book.

There is so much information that it will take two or three readings to process all of it. While there are a lot of hand examples; I found that seeing multiple examples helped cement the concepts he was trying to teach. Don't rush through them.

His advice here is not just Omaha advice, but solid poker tips. My weakest point in my game is the post flop play, not only in Omaha, but also Hold 'em. His book gives you the foundation to make your post flop play stronger than your opponenets. That's the core of small ball play.

Probably the most important concept, besides the float, explained by Jeff in this book is just how powerful position is in the game. While I have always heard and sort of understood that position was important, Jeff hammers it home in this book. I doubt I will ever play as loose as he does from the button, but you will come away with a complete understanding of this important concept.

The SPR is helpful, but let's be honest; I don't have the time at the poker table to calculate SPR's. But, I will recognize who has a short stack and is in push and shove mode. Also, if the stacks are deep, and you are floating, then it is important to play the small ball concept.

I was suprised at how big the pots would get in just a $1-$2 game. The discussion of bankroll management was humbling and it is doubtful that I will be able to play beyond the on-line games. I have not tried the electronic games at the Excalibur but next time in Vegas I may sit down at one.

If you are not serious about Omaha, I would skip this book. If you want to improve your post flop Omaha play, expand your hand selection and hopefully your bankroll as well, then this book is for you.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lots of information 2 Oct. 2009
By Imagination's End - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jeff Hwang's next instalment in his Omaha series offers a range of advice for playing PLO Omaha. As an advanced book it assumes a basic knowledge of the game, though I generally find the book would be useful even to newcomers (once they get over a small terminology gap).

The book is divided into several sections which could be read in any order. For a newer Omaha player we'd recommend actually skipping the first several chapters and starting directly with Small Ball. This is the starting point to the overall strategy and offers the most general view of the game.

We suspect Hwang might disagree somewhat since he indicates his strategy is somewhat based on floating, the topic of the first chapter. Though even without that first chapter his examples tend to be understandable and his strategy clear.

Once those overall strategy chapters are read, or if you've been playing Omaha a while, the rest can be scanned and read in any order. It is a lot of material that can't likely be appreciated in one or two sittings.

Many topics, such as the Stack-to-Pot ratio are well reviewed and relevant to any poker player. Further to this, much of the general advice is not just Omaha specific and could apply to a variety of games.

The focus of the book however is on Pot-Limit Omaha and that game is used as the inspiration to support all his ideas. Core to the book, and as the title implies, is small ball and short-handed play. Strangely they reside in different chapters though one gets the impression that Hwang is actually presenting them as a single strategy.

Hwang writes in a personal style and involves the reader in what he is presenting. This made the book mostly easy to read and interesting enough to go further. Concepts are presented with lots of information but I never felt overloaded at any time.

Several sample hands are provided for analysis and walk-through. I enjoy going through a few hands at times, but here it sometimes feels like too many are present. I found myself skipping several pages of them to get to more of Hwang's informative prose.

Overall a good book and a decent read. Certainly any Omaha player would find it useful and any poker player in general could find it informative.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Omaha book, even improved my Hold'em game! 15 Dec. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book does for Omaha what Professional No-Limit Hold 'em: Volume I did for Hold'em, with clear stack-to-pot ratio instructions. He also explains why "Small Ball" as described by Daniel Negreanu in Power Hold'em Strategy works even better in Omaha, because starting hands aren't usually more than a 60/40 favorite, making position even more important. As a Hold'em player new to Omaha, I found the way he compares and contrasts Omaha to Hold'em to be invaluable.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another Reference Work 21 July 2009
By W. Kang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Simply a beautiful book in so many ways.

Organization is also great and the writing is excellent. The concepts are well explained and make a lot of sense. However, I haven't been able to thoroughly test them since I tend to be a nitty player - the idea of floating in PLO was just so foreign to me.

Despite the number of pages, I've already gone through the book several times and look forward to expanding my play options in PLO.

I've also been really disappointed by the mediocre writing and usefulness of various "Dutch" books.
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