I have wanted to get a good PLO discussion thread going for a while that is primarily geared toward 1/2 to 2/5 full ring games that are commonly spread in cardrooms. While 2+2 has a couple of PLO forums, those forums seem almost entirely geared toward 6-max online play, which is clearly an extremely different game.
I play in two different live games:
1. .25/.50, 10-seat, $40 minimum/$200 maximum buy-in with a $1 straddle. I know what you're thinking - this game is way too small to be worthwhile to play live. However, it's played on a PokerPro electronic table which commonly plays 35-40 hands/hour and given the large potential buy-in and straddle, this game can play very large. $100-$200 stacks are the norm and $500+ stacks are common.
2. 1/2, 9-seat, $50 minimum/$300 maximum buy-in with a $5 straddle. This game also plays large but is slow, usually only getting in around 15-18 hands per hour.
Both games play in a way that I would liken to the PartyPoker .50/1 limit hold 'em games in 2003-2005 (i.e., almost everybody wants to see the flop with literally almost any hand, and often for a raise). There are players in the game who will raise with an extremely wide range of hands, with or without position. Nobody seems to give any regard to position at all. Nobody begins to understand the hand structure analysis in Jeff Hwang's "Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy".
That said, I know I have holes in my game and that I am making big mistakes. After running very well when I first started playing, I have now had a long break-even stretch. Part of this is bad play, and part of this is also players within the game adjusting somewhat to my image in the game, which is that of a very good player who generally has it when he bets. I find myself getting an enormous amount of respect in this game, which is leading to me wanting to open up my game and float/bluff in certain spots.
What I want to do in this thread is discuss hands played in these types of games, as I am sure that these types of games are common in other areas as well. The volume of live hands that I am seeing in particularly the electronically dealt game should lead to discussion of a lot of unique spots.