PLO Crash Course: Wraps, Semi-Bluffs, Blocker-Bluffs (Video)

How Not to Suck PLO ep4
Learn the basics about bluffing in PLO.

The latest episode of's free PLO strategy series breaks down the best spots to bluff in Pot-Limit Omaha.

Semi-bluffing, blocker bluffs and understanding complex combo draws are all integral parts of a successful PLO strategy and if you're just starting out, it's important to learn them now.

How Not to Suck at PLO is a beginner poker strategy series geared towards players looking to put their Hold'em skills to work at the Pot-Limit Omaha tables.

In Omaha, just like Hold'em, you have to be able to win pots even when you don't have a big hand, that's where smart bluffing comes in.

The truth is, a lot of what people call bluffing is just playing strong position and taking aggressive lines with drawing hands.

Semi-bluffing, for example, is really just betting and raising with a strong hand, even if it is a draw. And with four hole cards in PLO it's way more often to flop strong draws.

In this video we'll explain all these spots in more detail to give you tons of ways to win pots, even when you don't make a big hand.

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Check out the video below for more information on all these points and use the links at the end of the article to watch previous episodes of How Not to Suck at PLO.

Wraps, Semi-Bluffs, Blockers

If you've never played PLO before, wraps draws will be a new concept for you. In Hold'em the best straight draw you can have is an open-ender which has eight outs.

In Omaha a full wrap draw can have as many as 20 outs which means straight draws can be much more powerful hands.

Pot Limit Omaha Cards and Chips2
With four hole cards, big draws are really common in PLO.

Imagine you have 10-9-6-5 and the flop comes 8-7-2. Any four, five, six, nine, ten or jack will make you a straight.

Wraps come in lots of different varieties and sometimes figuring out all your outs can be complicated so pay attention.

Semi-bluffing is something you've probably already learned from Hold'em but just remember, in PLO there are way more draws and therefore way more semi-bluffing.

Blockers are another concept that exists in Hold'em but is way more important in PLO.

A lot of players are scared of playing big pots without the nuts so if you have one of the cards that your opponent would need to make the nuts, you can use that information against them by taking an aggressive line in the hand.

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acesacesaces 2016-03-04 11:13:28

Nice one thanks guys! Just starting out in PLO from playing lots of holdem for a long time. Lots of good tips in here but think I need some more practice figuring out what hand wins and stuff with four hole cards ... seems complicated.

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