September was the first month ever that I played PLO almost exclusively. Granted I don't get a ton of volumn, I did play around 5000 hands this month at the lowest level (4PL) on merge. Here is what I learned so far. Yeah I know 5k hands is nothing in the long run, but I think it is enough to start seeing patterns.
I learned you don't get dealt "Premium" hands all that often.
In 5k hands, I was dealt:
AAKK twice. Neither were suited.
AA with 2 broadways 12 times. 4 were suited.
AAQQ, AAJJ, AA99, AA66, AA33 0 times.
AATT, AA77, AA22 2 times
AA88 3 times
AA55, AA44 1 time
16 card Wrap possibilities (QJ97, etc) were really dry for me as I was dealt these types of hands very sparingly at around 1% of the time. I really expected to see these types of hands more often, but I just didnt.
Over my first 5k hands, I lost $47.07 or 1176 BBs while my Adjusted EV was a positive 17BB. So basically I ran 11 buyins below expectation. Getting it in on the turn with 70% + equity and losing was pretty standard.
Is this EV standard in PLO? Or did I just run like ass?
Players at the 4PL level are LOL bad. I am just learning this game, but I see glaring mistakes as another standard with the regulars at this level. I have a long way to go to just be competant at this game, but I find it fun and a nice change of pace.
While losing sucks, I feel I am already better than even the better regs (yes there are regs at 4PL) level. I see them calling 3 bets oop with junk and defending their blinds with junk pretty often.
Lets just hope I start running a little better.