Building the Edge: Preflop Starting Hands

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Lechrumski presents his first video from his new Omaha series "Build your Edge" - Omaha is a game of small edges and Lechrumski shows us firstly how we can gain our edge over regulars and fish alike - kicking-off the series with Preflop starting hands.


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  • EuanM


    Enjoy the first episode of the introductory Omaha series with new Polish coach Lechrumski - Please give and warm welcome by leaving some feedback and questions!
  • PokerMindSet


    nice welcome coach!
  • LetMeTiitU


    Looking forward the whole serie! :) GJ
  • Nosaint


    I like to welcome you too. A very good video!!!!
  • miszczunio85


    Good job Lechrumski :)!
  • wasilek123


    you should translate akademia PLO to english, it's very good already :)
  • PrayTime


    Great video. I hope to see your next video soon.
  • tamamo


    good job! very easy to understand.
    I am also looking forward to the next.
  • fidelKE


    Thank you for great video. I am looking forward for next video.
  • xxpavelx


    if you write down for example AKTTss, do you mean just open the single suited ace hands, or all single suited hands?
  • lechrumski


    Thx for feedback :)

    #10 Yeah I forgot to mention, 99% of the time it means ss to the Ace, e.g. from EP or MP you can open AJT5ss to the ace but suited to the jack is easy fold.
  • oblioo


    I appreciate how comprehensive this video was; I'm just starting to get into PLO and I look forward to the rest of your series!
  • TomGrill


    very good video!
  • Kyyberi


    Great video. Just for clarification, around 26mins your slide says EP opening range Axxxss. Does that really mean you open any suited ace, or is it just to represent that you will talk about different types of suited ace hand structures and ranges after that?
  • RuiBouquet


    Can you better define the bottom opening range from MP with mid-pairs? Still the same from UTG?
    Maybe something like this:
    - ATT8+ss? / TTBBss?
    - TT98ds+?
    - AB99ss?
    - 998+8+ds?
    - 889+9+ds (excluding K988ds and Q988ds) ???
  • Markobuen


    Good video! Thx
  • lechrumski


    #14 Of course is just a title of a slide showing differences between different suited aces hands. There is no way opening all suited aces can be profitable from EP-CO.
  • lechrumski


    #15 I would definitely go for:
    Usually I wouldn't open looser than this. The best 88 like AQ88ds I might open only on good tables and without agro 3bettors behind me. But in generall 88 you should fold on MP.
  • Schnitzelfisch


    A short question: what about double pairs on other positions than UTG? and the difference between r, ss and ds double pairs?
  • lechrumski


    #19 I dont have very exact ranges for that because double paired hands dont happen too often.

    On MP I would play more less all JJxxss/TT55ss+ and QQ66r+. Also 7766ss+ and 9955ds+.

    On CO all TT66r+ 9955ss+ and all ds dp hands. Sth like 7733ss might still be a fold on most tables.

    On BU I would open almost all dp hands, maybe apart from sth like 2266r against agro blinds
  • RuiBouquet



    When you still open 99BBds from UTG, don't understande AB99ds from MP... Maybe we can generalize for 99BBds/ss from MP?
  • RuiBouquet


    What about JJ** from MP?
    Maybe JJ98ss+ / JJ76ds+ ??
  • tedyizpiti


    amazing !
    I would like to see a video talking about c-bet frequency ; fold vs. c-bet;
    and playing oop with and without the preflop initiative
    - another wonderful topic would be playing after the flop in a 3-bet pot as an agressor and as a caller ; when to commit and when to give up; not a
    whole lot of material about that
  • lechrumski


    #21 I wouldnt open all BB99ds from UTG. KJ99ds, QJ99ds, KT99ds might still be a fold on some better tables. As I said in the video I will fold 99% of 99** from UTG. I might open the strongest AK99ds, AQ99ds, JT99ds and maybe few of BB99ds but not all of them.

    From MP you can definitely open all BB99ds and the best BB99ss. But still you should be aware that QJ99ss, KJ99ss are very close and you might fold it on tought tables. AT99ss would be open for me on all tables.

    Making very precise description of what you open or fold is not so importnat as awareness of which hands are obvious open, which are abvious fold and which are close. You also need to know which factors afect close decisions (players behind you, stacks, etc). Thus you will always make good decision.
  • lechrumski


    #22 With JJ I would totally agree ;)
  • lechrumski


    #23 This series will consist of 10 videos so I will try to include the most important topics for PLO50-100 players.

    I already recorded video regarding cbeting ranges both IP and OOP.

    On thursday I will releade video about donkbeting which should improve your OOP postflop play.

    Within the next few weeks there will be also a video regarding 3bet pots. From all your list I will not be able to cover playing against PFR. Maybe the next time ;)
  • tamamo


    Do I need to care about a monotone hole card?
  • thegreengobli


  • Riverdiver


    Nice video. What was really new to me is that we should consider AJTx to be better than AKTx and that stuff. Great content. Thanks:)
  • lechrumski


    Thanks for all comments :)

    #27 In case you have close decision it can tip the scale towards folding. For example while AQT3ss with 3/4 diamonds it is still easy open on CO, you might fold it on MP and open when you have AQT3ss (to the ace of course) with just 2 diamonds.

    Additional suit in your hand decreases your equity on boards with your FD (you will hut FD 10% of the time) by 2%. Therefore you should take into consideration only when you have a close open.
  • Riverdiver


    BTW, do we fold all AAAx?
  • Infiesta


    I loved it
  • RuiBouquet


    Would you open J987ss+ top gapped rundowns?
  • RuiBouquet



    Isn't 7766 a more large range than 9955? So why would we open 7766ss+ on the MP and just 9955ss+ on the CO?

    Indeed I don't really understand what you say with 9955+. Does it mean a gapped dp hand which bottom pair is 55? So 8855 would be out of the this range? And 8877? Or does 8877 belong to the 7766+ category?
  • lechrumski


    #31 I fold AAAxr UTG-CO, and AAAxss from UTG and MP unless really tight players are behind me. This hand has equity advantage over most of PLO hands but has very pour playability and therefore will be very hard to play OOP. Mostly you will cbet flop and c/f turn which is not good.
  • lechrumski


    #33 I Open J987ss from UTG, T876ss is close for me, I will open it on some tables. From MP I will definitely open.
  • lechrumski


    #34 To be honest it doesnt really matter that much if you open this kind of hands from CO or MP, I think these decisions are very close and dont really mtter for your overall winrate. It is also hard to check it in your HM as these hands dont happen so often. I checked my winrate with most of the hands I am playing and constructed PFR based on that. However it is quite hard to do it with dp hands because they dont happen so often (just 1% of ahnds).

    But personally I still prefer 7766ss and 8877ss type of hands because they also might catch OESD, GS, etc. And if you have set of 77 or 99 dont make so big difference as anyway it will be middle set and you will never be able to get to the showdown with naked 99. Also it is harder to believe you hit 77 than 99 and you might be bluffed more often.
  • RuiBouquet


    What rundowns would you open from MP?

    8765ss+ / 9875ss+ / T976ss+ / T876dd+?

    7654ds+ / 8764ds+ / 8754ds+ / 9765ds+?

    Thanks for the series!!! Great work!!!
  • Spitzbuben


    Hi. You mention QJT7ds and QT97ss as the minimum requirement when widening your ranges from UTG to MP. The ds hand is way stronger than the ss hand though or am i wrong there?! So how would you correct these ranges if you'd make a new video?
    In general a nice video. Thanks for the work.
  • aXSesPS


    thanks alot, this is the video series that I am using to learn Omaha.
    Thanks everyone else too for their comments, its helps a lot.
  • Tim64


    Excellent content, thanks.
  • EverSteel


    hello lechrumski,

    24:45 you say that the weakest hand from ABB*ss group is AKQ7ss, although AKQ6ss is weaker as far as I understand... Is it just not too important or I rather misunderstood sth?
    Another thing: You say we open AA** from any position, but what about AAA*? I used to regard it as definite trash, but during one of the coaching I saw a player open AAA* from MP2 or MP3 and the coach said it was quite good an open. What do you think about opening AAA (and also KKK, say, from late position)?
  • lechrumski



    When it comes to the first question, those the hands are almost equal so I wouldnt bother about making any difference between them. The point is that you will undertsand that AKQ5 > AKQ7 and AJT > AKQ.

    I open AAA ss from any position, but AAAr only from BU, sometimes CO (when I have very passive BU). When it comes to KKKr I would never open it on any table, however I might open KKKss with more tight and passive blinds but those hands happen so rarely that you wouldnt loose anything from your winrate by folding all KKK hands.