Fernando Habegger began playing poker online in 2006 and rapidly became a profitable NLHE cash game specialist. Known as JNandez87 online, Fernando shifted his focus to Pot Limit Omaha in 2011, immediately enjoying success in $5/10 and $10/20 games before debuting as a PLO instructor on Phil Galfond’s RunItOnce training site in April 2014.
Since that time, the Swiss poker pro has reaffirmed his commitment to the game through continuous real money competition, Twitch live streaming, and offline study. His official January 2017 signing with Upswing Poker as our featured Pot Limt Omaha coach is an acknowledgement of PLO’s rising popularity in live and virtual cardrooms around the world. This has in turn sparked a growing need for expert-level PLO strategy analysis geared towards current and aspiring pros seeking to enhance their profitability.
Poker Coaching Background
In a recent Upswing Poker PLO Workshop video, Fernando revealed that he has instructed over 100 players who were either seeking to make the transition from NLHE to Pot Limit Omaha or move up in stakes. One of the common recurrences Fernando noticed was that many of his students lacked fundamentals along with a sense of professionalism to “guide” them to a successful long-term strategy through not only their decisions at the tables, but offline study as well.
At the end of the day, all of them were struggling with the same thing. And that was just improving away from the tables on a regular, more consistent basis,” the online poker veteran explains. “I started implementing a system with them over multiple hours that really helped them to understand my approach to the game.”
Ensuring an aspiring PLO player has a clear system in place that prioritizes profit-based effort over hapless (and often misguided) experimentation is a cornerstone of Fernando’s Pot Limit Omaha instruction. By learning directly from a player who has already put in such a great deal of independent thought to what works and what doesn’t, one can “shortcut” the learning process by avoiding much of the trial-and-error growing pains associated with starting a project from scratch.