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I was able to successfully install Steam via PlayOnLinux. I can launch Steam, browse the store, see my library, etc. After I did that step, I followed these instructions to create a symlink from PlayOnLinux steamapps to Windows steamapps:

https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_under_Linux#Save_space_on_dual-boot_machines

Since those instructions are for Wine, I had to change the command a bit for PlayOnLinux:

cd "/home/dave/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Steam/drive_c/Program Files/Steam"
mv steamapps steamapps.bak
ln -s "/host/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps" steamapps

My question is: now that I've created the symlink, should my games appear as installed in my library on Steam? Because they aren't... I thought the whole point of this step was to make Steam see the games already installed and not ask to download them again.

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They should be there. Try deleting everything EXCEPT steam.exe and steamapps and launch Steam. It should pick them up. But a warning. Some games really really hate simlinks. For example Portal 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will not work with simlinks. I forget exactly why. There are other games that I haven't mentioned (or run into). So you'll have to watch out for that. Half-Life Half-Life 2 both work with simlinked steamapps. It is really a touch and go. You have to see what games work and what games don't.

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