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Pot Limit Omaha: Beginner’s Guide Part 2 – Dealing With a Maniac

A maniac in the poker table can evoke varying responses on its occupants – several players will take pleasure in their aggressiveness, others will feel threatened making them play poorly. It may sound strange to you but a lot of poker players don’t enjoy having a maniac on their table, they are not ready to be on a war of raises heads-up against a maniac unless they have an AAxx hand. They protest having this kind of action player in their midst instead of welcoming the change.

I’ll be using the next profile of a maniac in the subsequent examples: A maniac who raises and re-raises most of the time including the first round of betting. He only wants to win it all before the flop shows that’s why he’s showing such kind of aggressiveness.

Adjusting in the presence of a maniac should be deliberately plotted same to all poker decisions you make. You need to eliminate all the fixed notions you have about maniacs in the poker table, but you need to check it out at various angles.

Here are the three subjects that should go into your strategic adjustment:

Your position relative to the maniac
How the other players at the table have adjusted
How you mentally deal with large swings

The first two issues go together, and need to be discussed as one.

You have preferable position compared to the maniac and the table has already changed

Every time you’re sitting on a maniac’s left, you presume that the customary way to isolate him is to re-raise. But if the others will know what you’re up to, they will adjust their play and it will be not good for you. They will start re-potting and you will see yourself folding or in a 3 way all in with little benefits.

For instance, if the other participants have loosened up their play when the maniac is around, you’ll have to be careful on attempting any kind of isolation tactics because you might catch yourself and the maniac isolated instead.

You have position relative to the maniac but the other players has not adapted to his presence

If the other players don’t mind that you and the maniac go head to head then it’s the right moment for you to raise and re-raise as you like it.

Just be cautious of any more player smooth-calling, or re-raising you. This is normally the signs of a powerhouse hand, and they are allowing the maniac do the gambling to suck in further players.

The maniac has better position and the other players have loosened up

To defeat the maniac who has position on you, you should let him do the betting – which in actual fact can trap others into the pot. This is one of the best moments you’ll have while others would argue that having position over a maniac can help in isolation – this is a better alternative – limping-in and let the maniac do the raising. This will get you a number of callers and at the right moment you can gamble a big raise to isolate the maniac with a large pot sitting on the table.

The maniac has better position over you and the table has not adjusted to his presence

If the table has not loosened up owing to the maniac’s presence you can pave the way and raise, confident that the maniac will re-raise, which should stop somebody from getting in. You can then push it in with your powerhouses, or take a flop with a decent amount of money behind.

In Pot Limit games it’s better to keep your raises and re-raises lower most especially in the subsequent circumstances: You don’t want to flipping against a maniac with no AAxx of KK/QQ in hand. It will be better if you established a considerable pot then get the best of it after the flop. In this instance, you won’t be regretting if you have to fold your hand when the flop is not favorable.

One example would be playing in a PLO game with stakes of $2/$4, with a buy-in $400. The usual raise in this game would be $14 but yours will be lesser like $8-$10 or just re-raise the minimum in order not to gamble a lot of your stacks before the flop were shown.

Thus, if the maniac opens to $14, I would re-raise to $28, which gives me the capacity to allow to fold the hand if a locksmith re-raise after me, call the maniac’s 3-bet which would be to $90 heads-up, or $118 with another caller –I’d still have about $300 behind–, or re-pop it to $276 heads-up or re-pop it to $300ish, effectively going all-in.

But if you re-pot the maniac first bet making it $48, then you would be gambling more than 10% of your chips. If a locksmith re-raises you then it you need to fold and if you’re calling the maniac’s 3-bet resulting to $150 – it will be a big deduction to your chips.

These are only regulations on how to deal with a maniac on a PLO table. Just take into account that each maniac should be treated differently – simply because they are of varying stages of being a maniac.

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