Poker players who want to learn how to transition successfully from No Limit Texas Hold’em to Pot Limit Omaha should look no further than “The Pot Limit Omaha Book,” a product of Tri Nguyen. The newest poker publication is available for pre-order at DailyVariance.com and will set readers back $275 for the e-book and $375 for the published edition. Poker News Daily sat down with Nguyen to learn about his brand new book.
Poker News Daily: Where did the idea for The Pot Limit Omaha Book originate?
Nguyen: After writing a No Limit Hold’em book, I realized that I could do the same thing for Pot Limit Omaha. There’s currently not a lot of literature on the game and I want to be the standard for all Pot Limit Omaha books.
PND: Why is there a lack of literature in Pot Limit Omaha right now?
Nguyen: I have read a few Pot Limit Omaha books and the only strategies seem to be drawing to the nuts and avoiding certain hands pre-flop. Although that’s good advice, it’s too simple and doesn’t teach a person how to think about the game. Pot Limit Omaha is new and the current authors just don’t approach teaching the game correctly.
PND: What sneak peak can you give our readers?
Nguyen: You can’t write an effective poker book if you don’t have equity calculation of a hand versus a certain range. There is a section on 4-betting that hasn’t been talked about before. Every decision we teach is based on your hand versus your opponent’s range, not your hand versus whether your opponent is strong or not.
PND: What about Pot Limit Omaha makes it so much different than Hold’em? In other words, why should someone making the jump want to get serious about learning?
Nguyen: Because Pot Limit Omaha is so new, the games are filled with a lot of bad players. There is a lot of content on Hold ’em right now, so it’s harder to win. Everyone is playing well and making fewer mistakes in Hold’em. In Pot Limit Omaha, it’s hard to know if you are good or not and that’s what makes the game so sick. Bad players take longer to know they are bad, which means more money for you.
PND: What other books have you produced that our readers might be interested in?
Nguyen: I wrote a No Limit Hold’em book with Cole South called “Let There Be Range!” It is considered to be the best literature for Six-Max No Limit Hold ’em. It’s popular because it helps a lot of small winners become medium winners and medium winners become big winners. Usually, it’s only one or two concepts that separate one group from another. However, it’s difficult to know what’s missing because one player might lack one concept while another player lacks another concept.
PND: What was the biggest challenge to you personally of writing the Pot Limit Omaha book?
Nguyen: The biggest challenge was writing the boring pre-flop chapter because it’s a mundane process that you can learn for free reading online. However, since Pot Limit Omaha is so new, I had to write a pre-flop section in the book.
PND: What other concepts have you thought about writing books on?
Nguyen: The donk bet, which is a bet you make when you’re out of position and your opponent has had the initiative in previous streets, is very powerful in Pot Limit Omaha and I talked about it in-depth in this book. The difference between 3-bet and 4-bet, value-betting, betting for protection, and fold equity are also very different in Pot Limit Omaha than in Hold’em.