I’m going to start this note with some sad news. Longtime poster, past contributor to this magazine, and dear friend of Two Plus Two, Frank “Buzz” Jerome recently passed away. He was a wonderful person and all of us at Two Plus Two will miss him very much. For those who want to learn more about Buzz and his contributions to our site, please see this thread in the “Omaha/8 Forum” where Buzz was always active.
by Bryan Clark
When I first became editor of the Two Plus Two Magazine in the September, 2006 issue, a top priority of mine was to publish high quality non-hold ‘em articles. In particular, I wanted a regular Omaha 8 or better author since there hadn’t been a single O/8 article in the previous twenty issues of the Magazine.
Frank Jerome had an excellent reputation as an O/8 poster on the forums (as Buzz) for many years. He enthusiastically responded to my search for an author by submitting an article for my first issue as editor. In the 9+ years that followed, Frank wrote over 100 articles for the Magazine, usually taking a mathematical approach to the game not often seen in print.
Frank offered everything he knew about the game he loved most. The only reason he stopped writing for the Magazine about a year ago was that he had literally run out of ideas to write about. His 100+ articles and 18,258 posts on the forums (almost all of which are in the Omaha/8 and Probability forums) are an enormous treasure trove of O/8 research and analysis.
Frank was perhaps the most selfless poster on the forums for over a decade and a half. He offered help to anyone and everyone. And I genuinely can’t remember him ever posting anything bad about anybody else.
I first got to meet Frank in person at the 2008 Two Plus Two party at the Golden Nugget. We sat at the same table next to each other and spent the night chatting while playing a 4-8 mixed game. If anything, he was friendlier in person than on the forums.
I was sad to learn he had passed and wish I could say something to him that wasn’t posthumous.
Since it’s not possible to have a moment of silence in an Internet magazine to remember our dear friend, we’re going to leave the next few lines blank in his honor and memory.
Our next book Hold ‘em Poker for Advanced Players; Emphasis on Tough Games by Matthew Janda should be released in two to three months. For those interested, here’s the Table of Contents.
|About Matthew Janda||v|
|Part One: Understanding Key Terms||5|
|Understanding Equity vs Expected Value (EV)||8|
|Linear, Condensed, and Polarized Ranges||9|
|Robust vs Non-Robust Equity||12|
|Questions and Answers||17|
|Part Two: Understanding Advanced Software and Mixed|
|A Note About Bet Sizes||27|
|A Note on Mixed Strategies||28|
|Back to the Discussion||31|
|Questions and Answers||35|
|Part Three: Why We Bet and Raise||37|
|Getting a Conceptual Understanding||39|
|Questions and Answers||47|
|Part Four: You Don’t Want Action||53|
|When Should You Want Your Opponents to Fold Preflop?||55|
|Questions and Answers||63|
|Part Five: Understanding Preflop Play||65|
|A Quick Review||67|
|Raising First In As the Button||69|
|The Big Blind Calling and 3-Betting Range vs a Button Open||74|
|Understanding Small Blind Play||82|
|Calling An Open When on the Button||86|
|Preflop Opening Ranges||95|
|Designing 3-Betting Ranges||102|
|Questions and Answers||107|
|Part Six: Your Bread and Butter — Playing Single Raised|
|Pots In Position||109|
|Playing Post-Flop as the Button||111|
|Some Notes About Balance||120|
|Questions and Answers||124|
|Part Seven: The Sweet Spot for Flop Raising||127|
|Understanding High Variance Plays||129|
|Questions and Answers||133|
|Part Eight: Turn Play and Overbets||137|
|Questions and Answers||155|
|Part Nine: Conceptually Understanding Out of Position|
|Clearing Up Some Confusion||159|
|My Thought Process When Out of Position on the Flop||164|
|Check-Raising the Turn or River With the Stronger Range||169|
|Questions and Answers||177|
|Part Ten: Playing with Short Stacks Preflop||181|
|Why Cash Game Players Should Care About Shallow Stack Depth||184|
|Bet-Sizing Adjustments as the 3-Bettor||187|
|Opening Frequencies Based on Stack Depth||194|
|Defending Frequencies Based on Stack Depth||197|
|Questions and Answers||203|
|Part Eleven: Post-Flop Play with Short Stacks||205|
|Playing Short in Button vs Big Blind Situations||207|
|Denying Your Opponents Equity While Realizing Ours||217|
|Questions and Answers||228|
|Part Twelve: Concepts and Hand Examples for 100BB|
|Argue Like a Politician||233|
|Part Thirteen: Going Forward||263|
|Check for Contradictions in Your Thought Process||265|
|Focus on Only a Few Concepts at Once||268|
|Always Keep in Mind the Reasons for Betting and Raising||271|
|Only Worry About the Best Line for this Street||273|
|Overbets Aren’t Always that Much More Expensive||276|
|If You Can’t Decide Whether to Bet or Check, Consider Betting Smaller||278|
|Don’t Needlessly Worry About Being Exploited||279|