Poker Math 2020: Pre-flop Principles

Learn How to Optimize your Pre-flop Strategy in Pot-Limit Omaha Games

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In my 5 years of consulting for professional poker players I have used my unique analytical approach to help clients from around the world to move up in stakes and win hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I have taken ambitious low stakes players to high stakes, helped high stakes crushers switch from heads-up to 6max or from NLHE to PLO.

I've taken top 6max high stakes players going through a downswing and helped them to beat the games again when the competition is tougher than ever.

And I boost their income in weeks when without my help it would take months or even years.

So what exactly is it that I do?

Here's the answer:
I rebuild their games from scratch, STARTING with their
Pre-flop Ranges

You can read these reviews to see how effective my methods are:

"Phil is a true professional and by far the greatest source of Omaha wisdom and knowledge I've ever stumbled upon. He has changed my poker world and has also made significant contributions to the rest of my life. I am forever grateful."

Jesper 'Nessilita' Nordkvist, High Stakes Professional

"Poker Math 2020: Pre-flop Principles is the best pre-flop content on the market. Phil will show you a different way to see PLO. He will change your intuition and you will realize that almost all the field make some serious pre-flop mistakes. "

Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski, World Class MTTer transitioning to PLO

“I have worked with about 3-4 different coaches before Phil and I can tell you that I haven’t had such an analytical and precise coach before him, who would be willing to put that much effort into the coaching sessions and explain theory so well and so fluently. I can highly recommend Phil as a coach, because he improves your overall skill-set and teaches some things that I had never heard before.

David 'Danfiu' Mezei, High Stakes Professional

To get better at poker, most players take this approach:
Watch training videos where a fellow pro discusses hands and run a few Equity Simulations in spots that they found difficult.

Sound familiar?

But if you tried that strategy, then you probably experienced the
Five Stages of Poker Edutainment:

  1. HOPEFUL: This guy talks sense. Let’s try his approach.
  2. EXCITED: My new strategy is great. Time to crush these fools.
  3. DISAPPOINTED: That’s weird. I'm still running bad.
  4. PERSISTENT: I must’ve done something wrong. I'll try again.
  5. ANGRY: WTF…am I destined to be a rakeback pro? Really?

I’ve worked with players who experienced all five stages. It’s aggravating.

If you are struggling at the tables then you have to face reality:
The game is changing and it's leaving you behind.

Longer break-even stretches. Another year grinding out an income at the same stake. When things are going badly at the tables you find yourself lost in a sea of indecision.

What you need to break out of the rut is a fundamental framework that enables you to understand the structure of the game.

Poker Math 2020 is that framework.

The standard approach to Pot-Limit Omaha treats pre-flop decisions as not all that important.

You have equity usually so call your Big Blind a lot; you have an Ace-high suit and some broadway cards- probably worth an open.

When you look at the top guys in the game you see that they have similar pre-flop stats so you assume that they are all playing the same hands.

They aren't. In fact, despite their excellent post-flop skills their Pre-flop games are a long way from optimal and they are the first to admit it.

I know from first-hand experience improving the results of top players:

Pre-flop play is the foundation upon which all of your
post-flop play is built.

If you don't build strong ranges pre-flop, how can you expect to model ranges post-flop?

If you don't know what an optimized opening range looks like, how can you know whether an opponent is opening "too wide"?

You can't.

Pre-flop Principles eliminates the doubt you have about whether to raise, call or fold your hand pre-flop.

Rather than just give you generic, cookie-cutter ranges the course teaches you how to finely tune your pre-flop ranges to the current table conditions.

Pre-flop Principles will provide you with the two essential components you need to get ahead of the curve and start crushing at the tables:

1. Content you can Trust

Confidence comes from competence. Armed with the knowledge contained in this course you will stop second-guessing yourself every time you face a so-called 'marginal' pre-flop decision.

You will feel secure in the knowledge that you understand the logical structure of the game that remains hidden from your opponents.

Most people want to study poker away from the table but they don't know how. That’s why they fail. To succeed, you also need…

2. A Highly Structured, Interactive Learning Experience

Quality content is essential. But it’s not enough. If you want to retain new knowledge well enough to implement new strategies at the tables, then you need to participate in active learning.

But how? How can you learn the material in the course — without watching and re-watching the videos?

To guarantee that you absorb the material as efficently and effectively as possible I have packed the course with quizzes and included PDF downloads for structured learning.

PRE-FLOP PRINCIPLES will teach you how to increase your win-rate by building better pre-flop ranges — with tests of your knowledge built into every stage of the course.

Your Instructor

Phil Rocquemore
Phil Rocquemore

Phil Rocquemore is a creative entrepreneur who specializes in the analysis of complex strategic problems. He is the founder of the online poker research centre 'Cardquant Ltd.'

Phil holds a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and won a prestigious Thouron Scholarship for his Master's at the University of Pennsylvania.

How Is This Course Different?

Here's what the industry guys don't tell you. The classical poker video training model isn't focused on carefully crafted instruction, instead it's all about selling Edutainment.

This is a smart business move, because most poker players, even those who call themselves professionals, don't really want to learn...

Instead they want to watch an interesting story; they want to see one of their favorite players talk them through a few hands and concepts and then, at the end they get to feel as if they learned something.

If you're this far down the page then you at least aspire to be different. You actually want to improve your game and you want to really understand why what you are doing is working rather than just hunt for another cheap trick.

How is this course different? The decision processes that I teach are based on strong mathematical models, statistical simulations and cold, hard empirical data.

I invest months perfecting my coaching processes — to make learning how to build bulletproof ranges as fast and effective as possible.

And this video course is the best material that I have ever produced for a wider audience.

Most coaches spend a few hours creating a video on a topic and then publish it. But I’m not most coaches.

I spent months researching, testing and developing video resources designed to take the stress out of learning.

This is your chance to get ahead of the curve.

I'm confident that you have opponents who are going to use the information in this course to take their games to the next level.

So every week that you wait before signing up is going to cost you money at the tables.

But if you decide to enroll today, you’ll have access to an entirely new framework for building bulletproof ranges before your opponents do.

What’s Inside the Course?

When you enroll, you’ll get immediate access to more than
15 interactive training videos, along with 5 section quizzes and 3 PDFs of invaluable statistical summaries.

The main course is divided into five parts.

Pre-flop Mathematics and Positional Dynamics

Welcome to Pre-flop Principles

Poker is a game of competing Decision Metrics. You'll learn why Calibration is essential for building Decision Metrics that are appropriate to a given Reference Class of situation.

How Pre-flop Strategy forms the Foundation of a Strong Post-flop Game

‘Equity Share’ is a terrible model for making pre-flop decisions. In this lecture you'll discover how the Set of Possible Post-flop Outcomes affects the Payoffs associated with entering the pot pre-flop.

Introduction to Intrinsic Value

The Intrinsic Value of a hand can be computed. But what factors should you consider to evaluate a hand's Intrinsic Value in-game? What are the limitations of Intrinsic Value?

Introduction to Contextual Value

What is the Contextual Value of a pre-flop hand and how do we assess it at the table? How does a range with a High-card Focus dominate other hands?

The Intrinsic Value of a Starting Hand

High Card Value in Unpaired Hands

What is the relationship between the Two Pair Potential of a hand and its Intrinsic Value? I'll show you why Toxic Cards degrade the value of a hand and teach you heuristics to consistently identify hands with enough High Card Value to enter the pot.

The Connection Value of Unpaired Hands

Omaha players are generally confused about the value of connection in a starting hand. Does a top gap matter? How about two gaps? What does partial connectivity even mean? This lecture thoroughly explores the connection frequencies of all starting hand structures and how the quality of the straight potential affects a hand's Intrinsic Value.

The Intrinsic Value of Paired Hands

One third of all starting hands contain a pair and yet sets are vulnerable in Pot-Limit Omaha. I'll show you how the showdown value of a pocket pair varies with its rank and exactly when side-cards add value to the hand.

The Contextual Value of a Starting Hand


The Persistence of a board intersection is fundamental to the value of a hand component (Pair, Flush Draw, High Cards) which connects with that board. I'll show you how the Effective Persistence of a board impacts the relative value of the flops that our hand might hit.

The Contextual Value of High Cards

When we face a 3-bet with a High Card hand we often feel uncomfortable due to the threat of Domination. I'll show you how to recognize hands which have the potential to either dominate or be dominated by other high card hands. We'll explore how the risk of a hand's domination is affected by the Context that the hand is played in.

The Contextual Value of Paired Hands

Every player that I have ever worked with has leaked thousands of dollars from failing to accurately assess the value of paired hands. This lecture shows the stark shift in value that occurs as we change the context that a paired hand is played in.

The Contextual Value of a Flush Draw

There's always an air of uncertainty when you join a multi-way pot with a Queen high flush draw. This lecture will show you how the rank of a Flush Draw affects the probability that it is dominated in multi-way and heads-up situations. We will also discuss exactly how much holding 3 or 4 cards of a suit changes our pre-flop decision.

Constructing Pre-flop Ranges

How to Build Opening ranges from EP and MP

Now we'll bring all the previous lessons together and use that work to build pre-flop opening ranges. I'll introduce you to my probabilistic approach based on Weighted Expected Outcomes and teach you how to construct Core Ranges for EP and MP opens.

How to Build Opening Ranges from CO and BT

We'll shift our attention to the CO and BT, and I’ll teach you how to account for the value of a potential steal in your pre-flop opening ranges.

How to Build BB Calling Ranges Heads-up

Deep down you know that calling almost everything "because it has equity" doesn't work but what else can you do apart from nit up? Here we'll discover how to identify those hands which drag our win-rate down and those special hand classes which improve against tight opening ranges.

Calling into Multi-way Pots from the BB

You're getting a great price to complete the Big Blind but you always seem to check-fold the flop with these marginal hands. Learn why Relative Position is essential and how to recognize the Qualifying High Multi-way to cut out those losing pre-flop calls.

Pre-flop Case Studies

Pre-flop Calls with Low Connectors

A Case Study showing how the methods taught in the course can be used to make a good decision in a common pre-flop situation.

Pricing Pre-flop Plays

I'll teach you how to estimate the true cost of entering the pot with a call or raise. HINT: A pot-sized open expects to pay more than the pot to see the flop.


Pre-flop Statistical Summaries

I compiled summaries of key pre-flop statistics into various PDFs. You'll save a lot of time because I eliminated the hours of number-crunching and double-checking. You can use these as a study resource away from the table so that you don't waste crucial seconds evaluating hand features in-game.

Quizzes in every Section

The most effective way to learn is to test your newly acquired knowledge as you go. This is especially important in poker since the only alternative is to pay for your mistakes at the tables! I have built quizzes into every section of the course so that you can be sure that you have mastered the content.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need to study Pre-flop play to succeed in Pot-Limit Omaha?
How do I know that I'll like your teaching style?
I have a good solution: watch the free video near the top of this page. I created this video so that you can gauge the quality of my content and experience my teaching style. Then you’ll know whether the course can help you
What if I'm not a math guy?
I've taken care of all the numbers for you. As long as you can follow a logical argument, understand basic arithmetic and are willing to challenge 'standard play' dogma then you will gain a lot from this course.

To Summarize...

There are a few great PLO players out there, and I'm fortunate to have worked with some of the best.

What's sorely lacking is instructional material developed through a combination of rigorous analytical study and empirical testing.

Developed by a coach who works to improve the game of high stakes players day in, day out.

When you fold a hand pre-flop that would otherwise bleed money post-flop you instantly increase your win-rate. The higher win-rate makes for less swingy, more successful and more relaxing poker sessions.

The profit that comes from better pre-flop decisions is the most variance-free money available..

If you follow my blog, then you know me. And you know my passion for quality content.

This course is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. It will require focused study and practice from you to really improve your poker game.

So if you don’t have a burning desire to crush the games, then this course might not be for you.

However, if you possess the drive — the thirst for knowledge and hunger to be an elite player — then you’ll make a great student. And I’d love for you to come aboard.

Poker Math 2020 - Pre-flop Principles

Pre-flop Principles

7+ Hours of Training Videos. A carefully structured, educational course in essential pre-flop PLO theory, built by an experienced researcher and strategist with an elite mathematical background.

If you’re familiar with my content, then you know I’m very concise — and I eliminate all fluff. All 7 hours are crammed with actionable takeaways that you can implement immediately.

You'll get access to all five parts:

  • Part 1: Pre-flop Mathematics and Positional Dynamics
  • Part 2: The Intrinsic Value of a Starting Hand
  • Part 3: The Contextual Value of a Starting Hand
  • Part 4: Constructing Pre-flop Ranges
  • Part 5: Pre-flop Case Studies

3 PDF Statistical Summaries I create these to help you study the fundamental structural features of PLO away from the table.

Lifetime Access to Content. You’ll be granted access for the rest of your life. Even in the year 2020 — even if the course is £20,000 — you’ll still have access to everything.

Free Access to Future Updates. Likewise, you’ll receive future material for free. Even if the course exceeds 50 hours, you’ll still gain access to new material for free.

Almost ready to dive in? Check out what these top, high-stakes cash game pros have to say about this course and my coaching...

What Students Say

"I have been a successful regular in the High Stakes PLO/NLHE games for over half a decade and have been in touch with quite a few talented poker players over the years. I can honestly say that Phil is one of the brightest poker minds I have come across.

His sharp and analytical mind is reflected in his classes. His classes are well structured, on point and logically/mathematically sound. He has spent the last few years working on strategies from the ground up through rigorous mathematical analysis and he has built up a library of PLO knowledge with work on almost every aspect of the game.

In my opinion it is clearly the best PLO material around."

n0d1ceb4by, High Stakes Professional

"I am blown away by the math work that Phil's done for this crazy game as well as his ability to teach. As I’m not a math guy, sometimes the information can be overwhelming but Phil is not only patient but is able to break down whatever concepts I’m struggling with and explain them with ease.

Phil comes prepared with a guideline and not only does he explain each point, but he will back up any argument with Propokertool simulations. I’ve worked with at least 5 poker coaches in my career and Phil is by far the most professional coach I’ve had. You are clearly getting your money’s worth learning from him.”

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“Phil has been consistently releasing the best written PLO content on the internet over the past couple of years. I always encourage my personal clients to religiously follow his advice and consume his material.

I have personally purchased, and benefited greatly from his coaching lessons, and in my opinion he has a top-notch understanding of PLO theory, and can teach you how to stay competitive in today’s tough PLO games.”

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