Originally Posted by Timex007
I was just browsing through the "Advanced Series" today, do you think someone who has never played PLO before, but knows the rules and is solid at NLHE(knows concepts such as ranges, value, position etc) could get started with these books, or should a beginners book be read first?
I would NOT start with Hwang's advanced series. If you play at my table full ring you'll lose money to me until you really know what you're doing.
Having said that (ha ha, Hwang's favorite phrase), his first book gives an exaggerated impression. You could wait months for some of those scenarios, and if you wait to freeroll people you'll never play a hand of Omaha. Still, you have to understand what a good Omaha hand is. You have to understand what sorts of hands are good compared to what Holdem hands are good. It's more complicated than in Holdem and sometimes even counterintuitive. Once you really understand hand structure and how strength relates to how much money you can put it, then you can advance to his looser books, because you will know when you're deviating from solid theory and venturing into sheer aggression and playing the other man's hand.
One problem I see beginners run into (assuming they're past the stage where they get confused about their straight draws and if they have a flush or not), is that they confuse quantity with quality. They get hands that look so tremendous compared to Holdem, that they fall over themselve to get all their money in. They flop bottom 2, plus an open ended straight draw (half of which is to the bottom end), and a 9 high flush draw. With "all that", they can't wait to shove it. I mean, they have "the world!" Well, it looks good, but it's crap in a multiway pot and a big pot.
I must admit, it takes great patience to play the way he suggests in his first book. But the good news is you'll learn fundamentals that you'll understand for the rest of your life.