#PNWPokerCalendar Planner for 11 May 2016

Wild Kingdom

There have been six installments in Wild Kingdom, my all-cards exposed look at a Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Bounty tournament. Yesterday’s post—covering hands 101-120—got the 65-entry game down to 12 players. More on that tomorrow.

Portland Meadows Opening

The Portland Meadows Poker Room had an open house on Kentucky Derby Day, last Saturday. The newly-renovated room opens for business with a noon tournament on Monday, 16 May, with hope of a shootout starting at 1pm. 22 tables will include USB charging stations, the chairs are heavily padded, similar to those at some of the more posh Vegas poker room. There will be food and drink available. Lots of parking (though it was pretty full on Derby Day). Straight in through the main entrance, up a flight of stairs, and up behind the bleachers. They’re closing out the month with a big series (see the Deal for this week).

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Deal of the Day: Portland Meadows Championship Poker Series

 

Portland Meadows Poker Room is getting off to an ambitious beginning, with a 15-event series from 21–28 May, with a total of $200K in guarantees. It culminates in a $100K guarantee ($300 buyin, $100 addon) on 28 May. The opener on 21 May is guaranteeing three $10K+$1K WSOP Main Event packages, including an entry and travel expenses, for $100 entry and $100 addon. Also featured are a $3K 6-Max (24 May), $1.5K PLO (25 May), and a $1.5K Seniors and $3K Big O, both on 26 May.

Kind of kicking myself, because it would be pointless for me to try for the Main Event seats since I’m going to be covering the Main Event as a reporter, and I’m going to miss the last two events in the series because I’ll be on the road to Vegas Memorial Day weekend.

This Week in Portland Poker

  • It hadn’t been announced at press time, but the PDX Poker Club (formerly Encore) schedule has a $20K guarantee Saturday using their $80 buyin/live rebuy, $40 addon structure.
  • Coming up 21 May at 2pm at The Game is a WSOP Main Event satellite event. $100 entry/rebuy and $50 addon and the winner receives a package including a seat and travel to Las Vegas. It’s been on the #PNWPokerCalendar for a couple of weeks; but it’s up against the three-seat tournament just announced at Portland Meadows. Which satellite will reign supreme?

Only a Day Away

  • The Cal State Poker Championship at Commerce Casino culminates this weekend with a $500K guarantee Main Event, with entry days ($1,650 buyin) on Friday and Saturday, and final day Sunday.
  • Saturday is Day 1A for the Rivercard $150K at Pala Casino north of San Diego. There are daily entry flights (except for Mondays and Tuesdays) through 28 May. With Day 2 on 29 May. An entry to the WSOP Main Event is taken out of the prize pool and awarded to the first place finisher.
  • The Gardens Poker Festival starts Sunday with a $350 buyin $500K guarantee tournament.
  • The Deepstack Extravaganza Warm-Up at The Venetian gets going Monday with a $250, 3-day $100K guarantee.
  • Sacramento’s Stones Gambling Hall hosts the $100K guarantee Hydra tournament with two flights each day 20–22 May and Day 2 on 28 May.
  • Jason Somerville’s Run It Up Reno starts 24 May at the Peppermill Casino. The first couple of days include a $235 entry with added Main Event seats, an All-In-Or-Fold, a Survivor tournament, and PLO 6-Max.

Check out the #PNWPokerCalendar for more poker.

Wild Kingdom: Hands 101–120

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

You may have noticed that this PLO8 tournament‘s moving along a little faster than even the NLHE 6-Max I documented in February and March. In part, that’s because there are fewer entries, but the hands themselves take a little bit longer to play out, so there are fewer hands per level. This tournament also has a more aggressive blind structure.

I split another bounty in yesterday’s batch of hands. When I got into the tournament 100 hands ago, the blinds were 30/60. Now they’re 800/600. I entered the 6-Max at 30/60, as well; 100 hands into that tournament, blinds were 150/300 with a 30 ante. So, a little faster. We’re down to two tables, with everyone on the final table getting paid. I’ve just recovered to the chip stack I had almost eighty hands earlier, and I have less than 10BB (as player 21).

HAND 101800/16008T28Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65COT6QA25.3K29/0
34D75K319.9K4/015/710/1113/60
16SB744K21.8K3/0
6BBQJAK14.5K35/059/053/056/0100
7UTG264A16.5K14/3526/3637/4031/250
28UTG1J95312.4K15/0
39UTG2572J58.2K6/0
21HJ5Q4315.3K3/8

UTG and D limp in. BB has a lot of pre-flop opportunities to make the best high hand, D has almost nothing on either side of the pot. Everyone checks the flop and turn. BB makes a min-bet on the river and the others fold.

HAND 102800/16006K884
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJ596T25.3K9/3
34CO2Q3A18.3K16/4619/4712/630/440/100
16D226721.0K8/3
6SB574518.5K21/628/1139/150/0100/0
7BBTJTA14.9K25/030/014/019/00/0
28UTG4AJ312.4K13/1617/177/120/60/0
39UTG1Q57958.2K7/0
21UTG299QK15.3K11/015/032/031/00/0

UTG has three lows and a suited ace. He limps. I follow along with a pair of nines and a couple high diamonds which are no good. CO comes along with the three lowest cards and suited ace, and SB calls with mid-range cards and a pair. BB has another suited ace, and tens. I make top pair on the flop, but SB has lots of straight outs, giving him a better chance for the high. We all check the flop and turn. On the river, the low comes through for CO and the straight’s there for SB. SB bets pot for 4K, gets called by CO, and they split.

HAND 103800/1600637
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG1378K25.3K13/0
34HJQ39J20.7K15/038/029/0
16CO2Q5221.0K15/18
6DAK5320.9K12/4321/5937/100
7SBJKA813.3K20/035/022/0
28BB5T5710.8K6/014/436/14
21UTG64TJ13.7K24/1

PLayer 39 moves off the table for balancing. Four players limp. I don’t have anything usable as UTG and less than 10BB, so I’m not speculating. UTG1 has more chips, but a similarly unfocused hand. CO’s pair of twos might be playable but he elects not to. D pots to 3.2K with his low and gets the win.

HAND 104800/1600J54AA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG7J2325.3K8/55
34UTG1QQ4A19.1K19/1575/2375/1095/0100/0
16HJ598Q21.0K13/1
6CO36K825.7K32/7
7D92TT11.7K10/0
28SB5T799.2K10/1
21BB2Q7J13.7K13/1426/4325/645/1000/100

UTG1 limps in and we have about a 60%/40% overall equity split (I’m in BB). I call a min-bet on the flop and we both check the turn. I have the low locked up, but with a 7542A, I’m not completely comfortable. He bets another 3.6K on the river and I give it up. If I make the call and lose, I have less than 7K behind. I know he has me beat on the top end, and even if he has A26X he has me beat.

HAND 105800/1600639K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BB929Q25.3K27/038/092/098/0100/0
34UTG2T2A23.1K15/5125/520/682/690/45
16UTG1JQ4K21.0K5/0
6HJJK8A25.7K15/124/15/0
7COJQ8611.7K21/2
28D3A7Q8.4K7/2114/222/10
21SB447J10.5K16/5

UTG, HJ, and D limp in. BB has the nuts on the flop with top set, and bets 4.8K. UTG has the best low draw and calls. On the turn, BB opens for 16.8K, all of UTG’s remaining chips. UTG is drawing to a chop with less than a 50% chance of getting his chips back, and he folds.

HAND 106800/16008TKJT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SBQ8T635.7K14/0
34BB23QA16.7K11/5354/5473/31800
16UTG339K21.0K2/0
6UTG169Q224.1K7/0
7HJ758611.7K35/3
28CO934Q6.8K16/848/1027/220100
21DAT7K9.7K24/0

CO calls with a garbage hand and just over 5K behind. I’m in D and fold what would be the 3rd nuts on the river (royal flush is out since I have the ace, but Q9 and KxKx could have beaten my hand). SB tries to limp with four evens (a sequence of ranks with gaps: 6-8-10-12), then BB pots to 6.4K holding a suited ace and three low cards. CO goes all-in for 400 more, SB folds, and BB makes the call.Things are looking grim for CO on the flop and turn, then the river makes a flush to out race BB’s turned Broadway straight.

HAND 107800/1600J347Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65D595634.1K14/7
34SBAK229.9K21/3244/3714/485/950/100
16BBK8T821.0K10/0
6UTG978K24.1K15/1
7UTG12Q3T11.7K21/8
28HJ6AJJ15.2K20/256/1386/995/5100/0
21COA5K69.7K9/21

HJ calls with jacks and a suited ace. SB has the nut low draw, a blocker to any other nut low, and a king for his suited ace. He pots to 6.4K and HJ calls. D and I fold what would have been the nut high. We would just have gotten quartered anyway if we’d stayed in. HJ and BB go to the flop about dead even in overall equity. SB shoves for 3.5K; HJ has the nut high at the moment and calls. BB gets his low; the jacks stay true for HJ, and they chop the pot.

HAND 1081000/2000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65COKTTK34.1K17/0
34D5QJ510.7K13/0
16SB856919.4K23/7
6BB9QK724.1K12/0
7UTGAAK411.7K18/28
28UTG1934616.0K11/21
21HJJ9A29.7K10/33

We’re up to a new blind level; I’ve got less than 5BB. Note that despite their being a median stack on the table of 10BB through the last level, it hasn’t been a complete shove-fest as it might be in a similarly shallow NLHE tournament. Now the median stack is 8BB. UTG immediately pots to 7K here with aces. While I have the best low draw in HJ, I fold, because I don’t have a good high hand draw. Everyone else is out, as well.

HAND 1091000/2000TJA55
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJJ79634.1K14/8
34CO896T10.7K12/1
16DAQ5Q18.4K23/2040/219/09/00
6SB388622.1K7/16
7BB222K14.7K3/0
28UTG4K4T16.0K29/0
21UTG1AK8A9.7K17/961/2292/092/0100

Patience can be a virtue in Omaha 8/B. I might easily have gone out on the previous hand drawing for a low that never gets there. The thing is, there’s always a high hand. Double-suited aces, even with no good low draw in UTG1. Sadly, D’s pair of queens is ahead of me for the high hand. He has one of my aces, though I don’t know that. I open to 7K, D shoves to 18.4K, and I’m committed for my last 2.7K. HU with D, with the other players out of the way, the aces are ahead of the queens as they should be. The flop looks bad, with Broadway draws that could invalidate my set of aces, but only one king remains in the deck. And the ace kills any chance of a low draw for either of us. Fives on the turn and river solidify my win with a full house.

HAND 1101000/2000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG1Q8A934.1K30/0
34HJJ45610.7K10/10
16COKQT98.6K30/0
6D7J6821.1K13/0
7SB564K12.7K13/10
28BB742A16.0K6/45
21UTGQ22822.5K8/0

There are times when I might play a pair of twos deep-stacked in a hi-lo tournament, but not at 10BB near the final table. I fold UTG. UTG1 is double-suited with an ace but no low, and also folds. In fact, everyone’s dissatisfied with their hand and folds. BB’s got the only decent low draw, but he gets a walk.

HAND 1111000/2000T5AK7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTGA29Q34.1K19/2341/3441/195/00/0
34UTG1765T10.7K14/2
16HJ34638.6K19/25
6COQ98621.1K12/0
7DKK4A11.7K22/1460/2160/895/0100/0
28SB5TJ217.0K7/11
21BBJJ8922.5K13/0

UTG’s double-suited with a low this hand and he pots to 6K. D has kings and a suited ace and shoves to 11.7K. UTG calls. D stays ahead all the way and gets a double up plus.

HAND 1121000/2000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BB362722.4K19/27
34UTG9AT510.7K15/18
16UTG1AJTJ8.6K30/0
6HJ8A9721.1K11/1
7COK48926.5K8/0
28DK86Q16.0K17/0
21SB634920.5K12/25

Everyone folds to the BB.

HAND 1131000/2000A5A89
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SBJ3AT23.4K12/952/2783/175/0100/0
34BBA84210.7K13/31
16UTG62538.6K14/2548/3717/7425/1000/100
6UTG1J49421.1K17/0
7HJ7KTQ26.5K33/0
28CO6TQ316.0K8/2
21D2Q8T19.5K17/0

UTG has a low run-down and pots to 7K. SB min-raises to 12K with ace-three and a Broadway draw, and UTG calls for his last 1.6K. They’re relatively even pre-flop, but SB picks up trips at the same time as his ace is disqualified for the low. UTG gets a flush draw on the turn along with his low, but misses the scoop on the river.

HAND 1141000/20008A92Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65D85JK24.4K15/0
34SB78778.7K2/0
16BB6A469.6K11/3737/4544/7465/1000/100
6UTG7JT621.1K12/1
7UTG1K44A26.5K26/18
28HJ8T6216.0K7/12
21COQJT919.5K35/063/056/035/0100/0

Action folds to me in the CO and I decide to take a stab at the pot with my run-down. Four consecutive cards, no low, with a suited ten-nine. I pot to 7K and get called by BB, with a pair of sixes, three low ranks, and a suited ace. He goes all-in for his last 2.6K on the flop with top pair and a backup low (I don’t have any low draw). I have a lot of outs: another nine gives me trips; a seven, ten, jack, or queen makes my straight. The turn isn’t good for me, but it gives BB a low and he pulls ahead for the high. But a queen shows up on the river so we split the pot.

HAND 1151250/25009Q3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65CO4JT224.4K11/22
34DJ8297.7K20/1
16SBTTA710.1K22/446/633/5
6BB463821.1K14/2831/4848/21
7UTG43K626.5K11/27
28UTG1867916.0K19/127/222/2
21HJ5K8Q20.0K20/0

UTG1 limps in with a four-card straight, SB calls with a pair and suited ace, and BB checks, with about half the overall equity in his double-suited six-rank run-down. BB has the only flush draw and bets the minimum, which is all that’s needed to get a fold from the others.

HAND 1161250/2500
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJATJ824.4K14/>0
34COA7227.7K13/26
16DA83Q7.6K14/20
6SBQ69926.1K19/0
7BB9TA826.5K13/>0
28UTG735713.5K15/0
21UTG135J520.0K22/0

D is first to make a move and he goes all-in for about 3BB with a suited ace and second nut low draw. Nobody calls him and he takes the blinds.

HAND 1171250/2500K38
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG19J2524.4K11/10
34HJ36J87.7K15/4
16CO958311.4K19/13
6D4QAK24.9K28/2369/3585/54
7SB7TKQ24.0K20/0
28BBJ74T13.5K12/031/2715/27
21UTGJ45220.0K8/33

D’s the only player with significantly better than average equity in the hand, at 29%, and he limps into the pot. HU before the flop, he’s 66% against BB. After the flop, BB’s behind by a 3:1 margin and elects to fold to a pot-sized bet of 6.3K.

HAND 1181250/2500QTTQ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG887224.4K12/3
34UTG12J267.7K11/15
16HJ9T3611.4K17/4
6CO845428.6K18/10
7DJ6K522.7K19/0
28SBA5J711.0K17/1269/245075
21BB3K7J20.0K17/046/125225

SB limps in and we go to the flop with 115% chance of making the best high between us, since a lot of them are chops. He’s got gut-shot Broadway on the flop, I’ve got an open-ended straight, and we both check. Another queen on the turn elicits a bet of 2.5K from him, and I fold.

HAND 1191250/2500J6376
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BBK79524.4K5/016/465/63
34UTGQT2Q7.7K20/025/014/014/020/00/0
16UTG1853J11.4K14/29
6HJTQ8628.6K14/0
7COTKK722.7K33/060/081/086/080/0100/0
28D854413.5K14/43
21SB44T917.5K7/0

UTG and CO make the call. BB checks. BB has the only low draw, the other two both have high pairs. UTG min-bets the flop and CO pots to 16.3K. BB gets out of the way and UTG is all-in for his last 2.7K before the turn, but way behind. There’s a glimmer of hope for UTG on the turn as he picks up a flush draw, but nothing comes through, player 34 is eliminated in 13th place and CO gets a bounty.

HAND 1201250/2500
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SBJAQA21.9K21/0
16BB79K911.4K18/0
6UTGK8J428.6K9/2
7HJ96KT34.2K12/0
28CO3Q6313.5K36/13
21D68AT16.2K8/61

CO paradoxically is ahead of SB’s aces and BB’s nine by quite a bit, with a double-suited pair of threes. He folds along with everyone else ahead of SB, though, who pots to 7.5K and wins the hand.

Summary

I’ve gained a thousand chips in the last 20 hands, but at the rate the blinds have gone up, I’ve gone from just under 10BB to just over 6BB. That and the cards have radically decreased my inclination to put chips into the pot, my overall VPIP has dropped all the way from 60% to 50% in just these 20 hands. Three of the four hands I got involved with went to showdown, and I won part of the pot for each of those, I scooped one for a double-up but am having difficulty staying ahead of the blinds, which are coming around fast with just three players left to go before the money.

Seven of the latest twenty winning hands have suited aces (one has double-suited aces). Four have three or more Broadway cards. Finally, seven winning hands have high pairs. None of the hands winning low pots had A2 combos. Eight hands went to showdown, four had lows.

Tomorrow is the #PNWPokerCalendar, we get to the money in the PLO8 tournament on Thursday!

Wild Kingdom: Hands 81–100

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

Less than a hundred hands into the bounty tournament, and more than 40 of the 65 entries are already out. I picked up a second bounty on Hand 78, but I’m still behind where I was sixty hands ago, and the blinds are a bit higher.

HAND 81400/800T5J38
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJTT2722.8K20/7
33CO25440.6K18/12
6D9AQ28.2K12/2763/3280/1790/40100/100
42SB7QA813.8K13/167/1972/975/100/0
7BBK3A57.3K24/14
39UTG377K49.9K5/>0
21UTG1K98J13.9K14/0

This seems as if it would be an ideal time for CO to wake up from whatever enchanted slumber he’s in, but not a chance. Folds go through to D, who has a suited ace and nut low draw. He raises to 2.8K. SB doesn’t have much of anything, but re-raises to 9.2K. D is all-in to call. their equity is equal pre-flop, for all intents and purposes. Both players have AxQx, but the nine in D’s hand gives him an open-ended straight on the flop, which comes through on the river, and D scoops the pot with nut-nut.

HAND 82400/800K2J3Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG17K5A22.8K18/14
33HJ7AQQ0.6K24/1
6CO98AK17.3K18/029/035/066/685/100
42DT6645.6K11/5
7SB72486.5K15/821/1814/9
39BB5T7Q49.9K10/029/431/434/1125/>0100
21UTG326813.9K11/1523/1924/6

I limp in UTG with four low cards; CO and SB come along. CO opens for 1.6K on the flop with top pair. BB is the only caller, with his open-ended straight draw. Another 1.6K bet from CO gets called. The river pairs BB with the case queen. The short stack would have made a set. Even I would have had two pair for a win. BB takes the pot.

HAND 83400/8005T7
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG228622.8K12/19
33UTG1833A0.6K15/28
6HJTKQA22.9K27/042/014/0
42CO9K2J5.6K14/0
7D86K95.7K13/0
39SBQ5TT45.9K14/027/072/0
21BB738413.1K18/1635/6014/69

HJ calls with double-suited Broadway cards. SB limps in with a pair of tens, and I check in BB. SB opens to 2.4K on the flop with top set. I have the only low draw, but no way to know that. I also have a gutshot straight draw, but choose to fold. SB wins more chips.

HAND 84500/1000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BB533K22.8K20/13
33UTG6QJ90.6K14/0
6UTG1JQ6K22.1K9/0
42HJ8JK65.6K20/3
7COJ3T25.7K16/49
39D42T447.5K20/14
21SB78Q212.3K11/5

Blinds are up again. UTG’s about to become a bounty. Only 9 places pay in the tournament; if his plan was to fold to the money, it’s not working. BB gets a walk.

HAND 85500/1000J3627
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SB595423.3K13/18
33BB5TTT0.6K0/03/00/0>0/00/00/0
6UTG862A22.1K33/1555/289/749/7920/1000/100
42UTG17J435.6K22/17
7HJQT8K5.7K18/0
39CO3KK547.5K8/1829/38>0/4
21D88QK11.8K9/012/091/091/080/0100/0

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen someone with pre-flop equity of 0% on both sides of the pot before, but that’s where the tiny stack in BB is. That is assuming all of the players stayed in the hand. No low draw, no chance of a set (the other ten is held by HJ) and a higher pair dealt to CO. It doesn’t really matter, BB is bounty bait at this point.UTG has a suited ace and nut low draw; he raises to 2K. CO calls with kings, and I come along with a pair and suited king-queen. With HJ out of the way, BB has a slim chance at a flush for the high pot, pre-flop. It’s checked to me on the flop and I pot to 7.1K with the second nut flush. UTG calls with the low draw, and he still has a chance at a full house or better for the high. UTG picks up a lot of equity with two pair on the turn, and he’s already got the low locked up. I shove my remaining 2.7K, hoping that an A2 draw might be counterfeit, but he calls. We split the pot and make a small gain, as well as splitting the bounty money.

HAND 86500/1000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65D923722.8K13/19
6BBQKJ523.6K31/0
42UTG526T5.6K13/16
7UTG157T45.7K13/6
39HJ3J8445.5K6/10
21CO8J6A13.4K29/6

Another one of those post-storm lulls. BB gets a walk.

HAND 87500/1000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65COJAT722.8K15/2
6SB9A6423.6K10/38
42BB38QJ5.6K16/0
7UTG7Q9A5.7K13/2
39UTG1478345.5K23/0
21HJA65J13.4K32/21

UTG pots to 3.5K with one of the worst hands on the board and wins the blinds.

HAND 88500/1000
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65CO3AJ422.8K19/26
6D2QT923.1K29/0
42SB56744.6K15/3
7BB73TA7.2K15/17
39UTGQ62345.5K3/16
21HJ677Q13.4K28/0

CO pots this hand to win the blinds.

HAND 89500/10009584A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJ6J7A24.3K12/9
6CO794T23.1K14/1
42D6Q3Q4.1K9/144/233/3021/210/100
7SB9QJK6.2K30/0
39BBQ45345.5K19/36
21UTG828A13.4K16/2256/4097/4879/79100/0

I limp in and D shoves for 4.1K. I call with a pair and nut low draw, and we’re HU to the flop. I practically tie up the high on the flop with a set, and I’m good for the low through the turn, though D picks up an open-ended straight draw. The set holds on the river, but my ace is counterfeit and we split the pot.

HAND 90500/100063226
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG853524.3K9/19
6HJTJ3A23.1K24/1362/1742/3025/170/0
42CO49464.8K11/13
7D8TT55.7K24/3
39SB7T7444.5K27/6
21BB98J814.1K6/038/058/075/0100/0

HJ limps in with a low draw, suited ace, and thee Broadway cards. I check the BB. One of HJ’s low cards is counterfeit on the flop, and we end up checking it to the river while he waits for another low card that doesn’t pair the board to show up. Nothing does and I take the small pot.

HAND 91500/1000JJAT5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BB63QK24.3K16/3
6UTG573722.1K4/635/1222/780
42HJ67Q84.8K7/0
7CO36A45.7K37/3365/3578/1292100
39D8KT744.0K20/0
21SB959215.6K21/8

UTG calls with a pair and some not-so-low cards. CO has a suited ace and four lows, so he pots to 4.5K with 1.2K behind. UTG just calls. CO shoves on the flop with the paired ace and UTG calls because there’s already more than 11K in the pot, he’s getting nearly 10:1, with about 24% equity. That drops to just 8% on the turn when the chance of a low disappears. The river makes a nut flush for CO and he takes the entire pot.

HAND 92500/1000K46KJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SBAJ7623.3K23/1553/3458/2667/17100
6BB83T516.4K19/1447/3242/5233/370
42UTGQ9624.8K7/4
7HJKQ3212.9K20/33
39COQ9T344.0K24/0
21D77J415.1K17/3

SB limps in without much and is up against BB with slightly less. I think that if I had HJ’s hand—suited Broadway cards and third nut low—that I might have tried to get in on this one. SB gets middle pair and BB has a low open-ended straight draw. BB bets 1K and SB calls. Both players check the turn. SB makes a min-bet on the river, BB has missed everything and folds.

HAND 93500/100092T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65D7AKT25.3K26/4
6SB6K9214.4K5/8
42BB93J54.8K14/1543/1981/6
7UTG6K7312.9K5/2
39HJ9J8844.0K33/0
21CO454315.1K26/4864/5320/25

I limp into the hand from the CO with almost a 50/50 chance of making the best low, and 36% overall equity. The flop is horrible for my hand, though and I fold when BB bets 2.5K on second pair and a flush draw.

HAND 94600/1200A3A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG37K8J25.3K24/0
34HJ4TT626.8K17/023/019/0
16CO343Q18.8K4/0
6D62KK13.9K18/324/911/14
42SB97836.3K10/018/01/0
7BB95AQ12.9K19/024/060/0
28UTG275521.7K10/913/218/51
39UTG1Q26444.0K5/21
21UTG29A7214.1K5/147/1714/3

We’re down to two tables now. Five players limp in. BB pots to 7.2K after the flop gives him trips. Even with the other ace in my hand, I only have 6% equity, less than everyone except SB. I fold along with everyone else.

HAND 95600/1200A7J68
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG2877K25.3K10/0
34UTG353AK25.6K12/3025/3118/1553/1558/8100/0
16HJ497518.8K17/0
6CO4K4312.7K7/3321/349/599/5917/920/100
42D2K8Q5.2K7/0
7SB8TJ318.9K25/037/235/0
28BBTQQQ20.5K11/018/038/038/025/00/0
39UTG626T44.0K9/3
21UTG1J36512.9K7/14

Only UTG3, CO, and the blinds get to the flop here, with three limps and a check. BB and UTG3 check the flop, UTG3 bets 1.2K, CO and BB call. The turn continues to make the aces of UTG3 even better, with CO picking up a gut-shot straight draw and BB with a Broadway draw for BB, but BB folds in the face of pot-bet (8.4K) from CO. UTG3 makes the call. Both players check the river and split the pot, with CO taking the low and UTG3 the high.

HAND 96600/1200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG1QJJ625.3K25/0
34UTG24AT927.4K9/31
16UTG3AA7T18.8K5/16
6HJ59K514.5K7/0
42CO56895.2K12/10
7DJK3917.7K22/0
28SB283218.1K14/14
39BBA78Q44.0K8/16
21UTG473K12.9K6/0

People are being relatively cautious about pre-flop betting, as you may have noticed. With stacks this shallow, it only takes a couple of bets for most of the players to be involved for all of their chips. UTG2 just min-raises here with a suited ace, then UTG3 pots to 9K with a pair of aces. Everyone folds and UTG3 takes the pot.

HAND 97600/12004593T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTGTQ8J25.3K11/0
34UTG1KQQA25.0K17/047/095/099/0100/0100/0
16UTG2Q85K23.0K3/0
6UTG3377K14.5K20/0
42HJA2695.2K5/5311/661/731/730/1000/100
7CO983517.7K13/6
28DJ89J17.5K22/028/04/0
39SB6A7242.8K10/5319/710/730/730/1000/100
21BBK64A12.9K12/39

UTG1 limps in with high double-suited cards, and HJ shoves 5.2K with a suited ace and low draw. SB calls with the same low draw and another suited ace. D has jacks and calls. UTG1 also makes the call. Going to the flop, SB has duplicates of all of HJ’s low cards, plus another low card, which gives him a slightly higher chance of making the best low. UTG1 shoves his remaining 19.9K and gets called by SB. UTG1 takes the high from the main and side pots, HJ takes the low side pot and half the main low; SB get half the low main. Fortunately for SB and HJ, there was a little extra money from D’s call, so everyone gets chips.

HAND 98600/1200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BBTTK425.3K16/0
34UTG586230.8K5/0
16UTG1239423.0K14/29
6UTG2386714.5K8/0
42UTG38QT75.5K15/0
7HJ352717.7K12/29
28COQ85612.4K9/0
39DJKJJ43.1K21/0
21SB3K2A11.7K22/34

UTG and HJ limp, I pot to 6K in SB with a suited ace and the three lowest cards. They both fold and I win.

HAND 99600/1200A2T68
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SB9K4424.1K7/0
34BB8KK429.6K27/052/050/033/00/0
16UTG8JTT23.0K35/0
6UTG1653914.5K>0/6
42UTG2Q56A5.5K21/638/1238/3742/80/0
7UTG3932516.5K0/9
28HJ397A12.4K4/4
39CO752A43.1K5/910/2512/3025/100100/100
21D472715.3K0/5

UTG2 pots to 4.2K with just 1.3K back. Not an optimal hand with no suits and no premium low. He’s called by CO and BB. CO has the nut low draw, and BB has kings, but there are so many low cards dealt that nobody has a better than 10% chance of making the best low. CO has top and bottom pair on the flop, but BB’s flush draw gives him better odds for the high hand. UTG2 has a backup low better than CO’s, and goes all-in. Both CO and BB call. The turn counterfeit’s UTG2’s low, throwing it back to CO, who now has 60% overall equity, though UTG2 has the best hand for the high with a better two pair. CO bets 3.6K and BB calls. Backdoor diamonds come through to give CO the scoop. He bets 12.1K, BB folds, and CO gets a bounty as well as a pot of 24.2K. Player 42 is gone in 17th place.

HAND 100600/1200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65DQ6A223.5K8/28
34SB8A6T20.5K19/2
16BBQ28K23.0K10/0
6UTG873414.5K9/7
7UTG1929Q16.5K17/0
28UTG2J95412.4K17/6
39HJ3K5558.2K19/5
21CO7QA415.3K13/10

Lull hand. Nobody makes a move until it gets to D, who pots the low draw and takes the blinds.

Summary

MY VPIP for this group of hands dips to 40%, but overall it’s still near 60%. Overall PFR is only 4%, with just one more raise preflop from me here. I don’t win any low pots, but I take the high in three out of three showdowns, and I win the pot I raise preflop without a showdown.

Overall, the best predictors of winning hands are suited aces. Nearly half the hands that won with or without showdown had three  or more low-qualified ranks. Pairs aren’t as good. With stacks growing ever shallower, more A2 combos are being aggressive preflop to win without a showdown or being forced to make it to showdown.

Only two bounties on my table in these twenty hands, but several players have been knocked off in the rest of the tournament. We’re closing in on the final table (and the money). I may be one of the shorter stacks, well under average, but I promise, I’ll get you there.

More PLO8 tomorrow.

Wild Kingdom: Hands 61–80

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

The post scheduled for Saturday got loose a little early; sorry if you’ve had to wait extra-long for this batch of hands!

In twenty hands, as the blinds had climbed and I’d lost a chunk of my stack, I’d gone from more than 40BB to just over 15BB. This is where the tripartite nature of PLO8 shows itself:

  1. Without antes, you have more time to wait for the right hand.
  2. More people into the pot preflop amplifies the effect for short stacks who win the pot.
  3. Split pots can hinder growth, but they can also provide critical chips for short stacks trying to survive.

Check back to the first installment for an explanation of the charts, though they should be relatively clear. Just a reminder that the numbers don’t show equity; they’re the percentage chance that the cards will make the best high/low hand on each street, including dead (folded) cards and whatever’s on the board.

HAND 61250/50054A2T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTGA9QT3.4K16/0
57UTG162K719.6K13/5
48HJKJ7816.5K22/0
45COTA247.4K10/5635/5973/6375/6390/40100/0
41D73387.6K17/5
21SBJ94Q7.7K8/026/02/0
54BB259J10.9K28/946/1039/6339/6320/400/0

Player 18 is moved off for balancing. CO limps, SB calls, and BB checks his option. The flop is a little problematic for the players with low draws, as it pairs one of the low cards in their hands, but they both still have nearly a 2/3 chance of making a low. BB bets 500 and CO calls, with SB folding. The turn gives CO three pairs, counterfeits his last low card and counterfeits BB’s other low card. Most of BB’s equity now comes from chops. Neither player makes a low on the river, and two pair wins for CO after he gets BB to call another 500. I think BB’s call here is pretty bad; he should know that an ace here could be paired with any number of cards for a better two pair.

HAND 62250/500472
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB5Q2A3.4K5/36
57UTGK8TQ19.6K26/0
48UTG1373J16.5K14/1
45HJJ4AT9.9K15/4
41COK5KQ7.6K11/033/039/0
21D699K7.2K23/040/023/0
54SBA3268.9K10/6827/7638/100

HJ, CO, and D limp in, SB raises to 1.5K with a great low drawing hand. CO and D make the call; neither has a low draw. CO and I both fold to a bet of 2.8K after the flop.

HAND 63250/5003QT4K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SB33AJ2.9K13/6
57BB83J619.6K6/312/2111/0
48UTG265616.5K9/17
45UTG128Q79.4K29/0
41HJA28J6.1K17/1138/1227/1227/1230/25100
21COT45K5.7K24/3
54DT56T12.9K15/154/673/1173/1170/150

I don’t know how SB folds his hand here with less than 6BB, but we are getting close to the money, I guess he’s trying to skim in. Second nut low and a blocker to anyone else having it? Couple high cards? Gotta pick your stand somewhere. HJ calls, D calls, BB checks. D pushes to 1.8K on the flop, BB drops out, HJ calls. It may look as if HJ is in a precarious position against D’s flopped set of tens, but HJ does have a double-gutter straight draw, with 9 or king completing, as well as the wheel draw. An ace or a two can swing the low to D. D bets 5.3K on the turn, HJ has to go all-in to call, and the king on the river swings the wheel of fortune to HJ.

HAND 64250/500TAT47
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33D335J2.7K13/4
57SBQQA519.1K23/279/297/090/0100/0
48BB298816.5K14/0
45UTG26T49.4K8/6
41UTG196Q813.0K22/0
21HJ994K5.7K21/0
54CO623A6.8K4/4521/523/2610/500/100

Player 54 has picked up almost exactly the same great low draw he had two hands earlier. Let’s see if he can make some chips and hold onto them longer than a single hand this time. I limp in for 500. CO pots to 2.3K. SB has a suited ace and a high pair and raises to 7.8K. He’s HU with CO, who’s all-in to call the 4-bet. Both of them make two pair on the flop, but SB’s queens make the difference for a kicker—unless a king shows up on the board, SB’s taking the high for two pair. The turn keeps alive the possibility of a wheel straight for CO. The river doesn’t make the straight, but it does save CO’s low equity and the players split the pot.

HAND 65250/500K6A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COK5642.7K18/11
57D9J6J19.6K34/053/092/0
48SB7ATT16.0K13/120/83/0
45BBT8349.4K5/318/350/63
41UTG375313.0K9/8
21UTG149QJ5.2K13/0
54HJ982A7.3K14/1520/235/16

HJ is the first caller, D and SB follow along and SB checks. An all-diamond flop makes flushes for both D and SB. HJ bets 1K with just an ace, D pops it to 5K, and everyone folds, SB apparently figuring (correctly) that there might be a bigger flush out there than ten-high.

HAND 66250/5005JT9T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ69J62.7K8/0
57CO8J2922.1K19/024/043/040500
48D59T815.5K11/0
45SBT5K78.9K18/025/039/05050100
41BB264413.0K20/1429/1411/310
21UTGA2635.2K19/3924/399/200
54UTG1377K5.8K20/0

I’m the one with the A236 hand this time and only one player has the potential for a better low draw so far. I limp in with HJ and SB, and the flop sends my equity plummeting. CO has top pair and an open-ended straight draw, SB has two pair. Both of the players with flush possibilities already folded. Everyone checks the flop. On the turn, my hand is garbage. BB could still make a set of fours to win. CO’s straight draw has lost equity to the made two pairs of SB but he’s made a better two pair than SB. CO bets 2K on the turn and SB calls; with BB dropping out, it’s an actual coin flip. And the winner is SB with a full house. He bets just 500 into a 4K pot, CO rises to the bait and raises to 7.5K, SB is all-in to call, and wins a pot of 18.9K.

HAND 67250/5008TJ27
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG19TJJ2.7K15/0
57HJ599K13.1K15/0
48CO85Q315.5K18/17
45D8J3718.9K6/2
41SB4KK212.5K19/1539/1928/1552/1575/0100/0
21BBA6T74.7K14/935/1141/3
54UTGKA655.8K18/4431/5532/3048/3025/600/100

UTG calls, and action folds to the SB who also gets in. I’m in BB and check. SB bets 1K on his kings. I’ve got a gut-shot straight draw, but I don’t have the top end of the straight, and it’s 20% of my stack, so I fold. UTG calls. Both check the turn. SB takes the top half with just the kings. If I’d stayed in, I woiuld have had two pair on the river. UTG gets the low.

HAND 68300/60038495
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
57UTG1QA7Q13.1K14/1019/122/70/50/100
48HJ75AA15.5K23/5770/601/1000/1000/100
45CO5QT218.9K13/0
41DJK8312.7K13/1
21SBAKT54.2K8/4914/4997/93100/95100/0
65BB84675K26/3
54UTGKJT26.1K10/0

UTG called the new blind level, UTG1 potted to 2.7K with queens and suited ace, HJ repotted for 9.6K with aces, one of which was suited. CO an D fold, and I decide to take a stand with three Broadway cards and a suited ace, I go all-in to call. BB and UTG fold, UTG1 goes all in for a total of 13.1K, and HJ is all-in with about 2.4K behind. The flop is about as good as it could be for me. The turn locks up my high, and it looks for a moment like I’m going to get three-quarters of the (smaller) main pot, then the river counterfeits my low and I’m just taking the high. HJ wins the bulk of the money: the high side pot, half the low side pot and half the low main; UTG1 gets half the low side, and I at least gain something with the main high pot.

HAND 69300/600837K8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
57UTG4K557.9K18/21
48UTG1TJ2619.2K22/4
45HJJA8K18.9K28/>062/952/4595/30100
41CO5QJA12.7K21/19
21D44746.8K1/2
65SBKJ374.4K10/3
54BBQ7365.5K7/738/4048/205/100

Just HJ and BB get to the flop on this hand, and pretty evenly matched in terms of overall equity, at 52%/48%. HJ picks up a lot of low equity when two of BB’s low cards are counterfeited on the flop, on the other hand, BB now has two pair. HJ bets 600 and BB calls. Things go south for BB when HJ makes a better two pair on the turn, but he calls another 600 bet. The river means there’s no low for either player, HJ has a full house, and BB check-folds to a 3.9K bet.

HAND 70300/6002A9KK
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
57BBT7AA7.9K24/030/480/889/870/00
48UTG366Q19.2K10/4
45UTG1878T21.0K20/>028/313/43
41HJ479Q12.7K10/>0
21CO353T6.8K4/6
65DKKJ24.1K25/031/02/02/05/0100
54SB22A43.7K10/3916/419/149/1525/00

UTG1 limps in with a pair of eights. D is next to call with double-suited kings. SB limps the best low draw, then BB raises single-suited aces to 3.6K (with a bad low draw) and setting off a chain reaction. UTG1 has the most chips at the table and makes the call, then D shoves for another 500. SB is all-in to make the call. BB and UTG1 just call. Four players are in for the main pot of 14.7K, with 1.2K in a side pot excluding SB. It’s looking grim for the all-in players on the flop: SB has a set of twos, but BB has three aces. D’s kings are on the ropes, and he has no low draw. BB goes all-in for another 3.8K and UTG1 folds, though he now has the best low draw. The cavalry comes over the hill for the short stacks on the turn. D gets a set like everyone else. SB has the nut flush draw. Then the river brings the last king and turns everything on its head. No low, so D wins the 16K combined pots and a bounty for knocking out player 54 in 28th place.

HAND 71300/60032A86
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJA4TA16.0K19/2129/4282/8183/8167/100100/100
33CO83QA1.8K0/28
62DQ75K14.2K19/0
6SBQ5795.7K8/0
42BB334230.3K7/2630/3527/8127/8142/1000/100
7UTG94284.2K9/7
8UTG1QK4T11.1K5/0
39UTG25T6K26.5K7/2
21UTG3K8JJ6.8K33/041/01/0

Table change at 27 players.I limp in (with the best starting chance of making the high hand) and HJ raises aces to 2.4K. CO is disconnected/folded. BB calls and I come along. The flop isn’t the best for me, and I fold to a BB bet of 7.5K. HJ calls with the same low draw and a better set. BB catches some opportunities for a flush on the turn and goes all-in for 20.4K. HJ calls for his last 6.1K. After the river, both players split the low pot with a 6432A, and HJ takes all of the high pot.

HAND 72300/60082K26
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG373JQ26.0K5/0
33HJ74A71.8K19/16
62CO5T4Q14.2K9/6
6D48J25.4K8/617/310/80/220/00/0
42SBQKT823.0K9/015/06/06/00/00/0
7BB59Q34.2K5/2510/429/73
8UTG96T511.1K13/1
39UTG1285326.5K8/46
21UTG2K9AK4.4K35/058/085/094/0100/0100/0

I know. My performance so far hasn’t been very impressive. Here I am, floating along at 7BB, with six players having more chips just at my table. That’s okay, stuff’s about to happen. I have a suited ace and suited king. No low. But this hand has 22% equity, twice the average nine-handed. I limp into the hand UTG2. D and SB call. The case king on the flop commits me to the hand, and I pot to 2.4K. D has bottom two pair and no chance to win the high pot and raises to 4.8K, nearly his entire stack. SB has top two pair and clicks back to 7.2K. BB folds, with a pretty bad-looking low (though it’s the best low), I go all-in, and D puts his last 39 chips in the pot. The turn makes full houses for me and D, and the river doesn’t change anything. I win the main pot; D wins a small side pot.

HAND 73300/60062KT3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG29QK826.0K8/0
33UTG38J461.8K7/0
62HJ875T14.2K7/>0
6COQ5582.0K9/>0
42D4K2J17.5K13/5
7SBJTQA3.6K11/0
8BB63T411.1K16/553/535/1933/160/0
39UTGK6AA26.5K17/3847/4065/1467/0100/0
21UTG1779A13.9K18/12

UTG is the biggest stack on the table and opens his single-suited aces to 2.1K. BB is the only caller. Defying conventional wisdom, while UTG still has a 59%/41% overall equity advantage over BB, BB is slightly ahead in the chance of making the best high hand, with what looks like garbage cards. BB check-raises all-in over UTG’s 4.5K c-bet on the flop and gets called; UTG has top two pair. A five or seven scoops the pot for BB—and they’re the only remaining low cards that give him a low—but neither comes and UTG wins a bounty. Player 8 is out in 27th place.

HAND 74300/600529T9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTG1345A26.0K25/3646/3676/7350/500
33UTG276JK1.8K17/1
62UTG3J23414.2K8/3029/3043/2325/130
6HJ2TAQ2.0K22/1639/1618/144/0100
42CO79K817.5K24/0
7D39QQ3.3K1/0
39BBK86Q37.9K7/0
21UTGJ87813.9K12/0

I fold my 4% equity in the hand and UTG1 calls with nearly 30%. UTG2 still seems to be hoping to slide into the money, he’s got just 3BB left, so he’s gone in less than two rounds. UTG3 limps with another lowish hand. HJ has the nut low draw and three Broadway cards, so he shoves for 2K. Both UTG1 and UTG3 call. HJ’s hopes for a low are shattered with the deuce on the flop, UTG1 picks up a huge number of outs to make a low straight (as well as hitting middle pair, and UTG3 seems poised to share in the small bounty. Both UTG1 and UTG3 check the flop. They also check the turn, when things swing HJ’s way, with top pair. Then HJ scoops the pot with the best two pair on the river.

HAND 75300/60036Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65UTGQK2524.0K11/0
33UTG156871.8K12/1
62UTG244A312.2K6/4328/5427/67
6UTG37TQK6.6K22/0
42HJA99417.5K8/2417/2812/67
7CO2T343.3K8/19
39SB269T37.3K22/0
21BBJJA713.9K21/058/060/0

UTG2 limps in with four low cards and the fours. HJ raises his nines and suited ace to 2.4K. I call from BB with the jacks, and UTG2 picks up the slack. HJ opens to 7.5K on the flop with just the low draw, UTG2 and I both lay down.

HAND 76400/800J676A
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65BB6Q7524.0K25/2
33UTG49AJ1.8K11/15
62UTG128Q29.8K33/0
6UTG2388A6.6K10/2233/2518/3719/31100/0
42HJTJ9K22.6K8/0
7CO5KQT3.3K4/0
39D243537.0K13/4848/5955/4331/250/100
21SB9KJK11.5K3/019/027/050/00/0

I’ve got kings again. Unfortunately, this time both of the other kings are dealt, so there’s not much chance of me getting another, so with no low, I’ve got 1% overall equity. UTG2 is double-suited with a pair of eights and second nut low, and limps. HJ folds a sub-Broadway rundown, D has a wheel rundown, and I pick this point to pot to 4K. Both UTG2 and D call. I catch a jack on the flop, but D has a billion ways to make a straight. I shove for 7.5K, UTG2 is all-in for 2.6K with backdoor flush draws, and D calls with the low draw. I pull ahead on the turn with two pair, then the river kills me, making a better two pair for UTG2. He and D split the 20.5K main pot. I split a 10K side pot with D, but it was a bit of a hit.

HAND 77400/800QKT4T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65SB749823.2K5/0
33BBA8561.8K20/15
62UTG95379.8K8/1221/41300
6UTG1Q52J10.2K21/12
42UTG27T5K22.6K16/0
7HJ764Q3.3K12/6
39CO8K6J40.7K15/0
21D239Q5.0K11/684/797100100

UTG limps and I raise to 3.6K, UTG shoves for 9.8K and I’m all-in. HU to the flop. Neither one of our hands are what you’d call premium., and I’m not sure why UTG’s getting involved for half his stack at this point in the game with what he’s got. I, at least, have the third nut low draw. Maybe for the bounty. Pre-flop, I have 69% equity in the hand. The flop more or less clinches the win for me: there’s no possibility of a low and I have the highest pair. UTG needs running cards to make a straight and the turn eliminates that chance.

HAND 78400/800K597J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65D944422.8K7/0
33SBTJ581.0K18/0
62BB35AJ4.8K12/3736/4221/140/370
6UTG2J6310.2K6/14
42UTG1382T22.6K5/9
7UTG2T7QA3.3K21/3
39HJQA9740.7K19/3
21CO8K6711.2K28/164/1279/11100/13100

UTG limps, I call with the best chance to make a high hand, SB won’t make it through another round, BB raises to 3.6K with a good low draw, more than UTG wants to go for. I make the call because I’m stubborn and we go HU to the flop. I have the interior cards for a straight from the five to the nine, as well as the flush draw, BB has bottom pair and shoves his final 1.2K. I call, the board runs out with no low and I make the straight on the turn, which locks in the high pot for me. I get a bounty, player 62 busts in 24th place.

HAND 79400/80096963
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65COJ5KQ22.8K11/0
33D86530.6K11/31
6BBJ4TQ9.4K14/0
42UTG785K22.6K17/4
7UTG14J4Q3.3K28/054/073/085100
39UTG2756T40.7K9/21
21HJA3J217.2K29/2746/3627/23150

UTG1 raises to 2.4K and I re-raise to 4K with a pretty good low drawing hand, double-suited. UTG1 is all-in for less. This doesn’t go any better for me than it did for my opponent on the last hand. My shot at a low dissipates on the turn, and I miss getting an ace on the river for a better two pair.

HAND 80400/8009A8J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
65HJ926422.8K8/0
33COQ33K0.6K14/0
6SBQJ848.6K15/0
42BB264322.6K2/2417/243/630/40
7UTG57657.3K11/0
39UTG1AK3A40.7K38/2384/2397/0100/0
21UTG2995J13.9K16/0

UTG1 has single-suited aces and second nut low draw. He raises to 2.8K. I fold a pair of nines with no low. The only caller to the raise is BB, with four low cards. The flop gives BB the best low draw, but UTG1 has top set and the nut flush draw, betting 6K, which BB calls, though with no real chance of taking the high pot, it would probably be best to cut his losses HU, at best he’s just going to get the money he puts in back. On the turn, UTG1 bets 18K on the made flush and BB folds.

Summary

Still running at 60% VPIP. And finally some pre-flop raises! Three out of four hands near the end when I was a little desperate, with varying success. None of the hands in this group were won without a showdown. I went to showdown in six out of twenty hands: overall 20% for the first 80. I’ve won 50% of the high pots when I went to showdown (I won a high side pot in Hand 76, but that was a bit of a disaster). Didn’t take any low pots in this group.

In half of these twenty hands, the winners of the high pot had a suited ace. Eight of them had jacks or better; three more had pairs under jacks. Fifteen hands of twenty hands go to showdown, and there are five low pots among them. Only one of the low pots is won by a hand with an A2 combo, but two hands that take the pot before showdown have it.

More PLO8 tomorrow.

Wild Kingdom: Hands 41-60

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

Forty hands into an online PLO8 bounty tournament with 65 entries. On my table (I’m player 21), three bounties have already been claimed (I got one on hand 19). You can get a feel for just how aggressive the field is (and possibly just how bad some of the players are) by the fact that more than half the field has been eliminated already. I started in the middle of the 30/60 level, each level is lasting about seven or eight hands. PLO has more players to the flop and more post-flop action than NLHE, so hands tend to last longer, and these are full-ring tables unlike the 6-Max hand-by-hand.

At the end of Thursday’s installment, I’d lost some ground, but was still at double the starting stack. With half the players gone, that’s about chip average.

A note for anyone who’s interested in how the numbers for these charts (and the charts themselves) get cranked out. I wrote a tool using an old-school software development tool called Adobe Director. It’s so old that the first versions I used came on big bunches of floppy disks. But it has fantastically simple text parsing and file input/output, so I wrote a tool to parse a Bovada hand history file and create two new files: an HTML file with the tables, showing players, cards, stacks, and blind levels, and a text file with statements in the Poker Query Language (PQL) used by ProPokerTools. The PQL statement for each hand could be input into the PPT’s online PQL Runner (or into their desktop Odds Oracle application). The PQL cranked out chances for the cards dealt to the player to have the best high (winsHi or tiesHi) or best low (winsLo or tiesLo) hand, as well as their overall equity (riverEquity) . You can see in the sample below the results for the cards as dealt for Hand 41 for CO, D, SB, and BB, and below that how it translated into the chart. Values for subsequent streets of action were created by modifying the PQL statement.

pqlsample

HAND 41125/250637A2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33CO75444.5K8/36/01/00/0
35DK9A99.6K3/0
18SB7A728.8K17/2019/2054/6844/650/6100/0
49BBQ5TQ4.6K30/037/013/06/0
45UTG9TT85.1K13/027/033/050/050/00/0
41UTG1463T9.3K22/7
21UTG2523K10.8K4/117/170/100/880/1000/100
42HJA9K410.1K5/269/290/230/13

D has what looks to be a strong hand, at least for a high. A suited ace, with a pair in the top half of the ranks. He has only 1% equity in the pot to start with, however, because a) he has no low; b) the other two nines are dealt out, making it impossible for him to get a set, and two other players have higher pairs; c) only three spades remain in the deck, making his flush draw more difficult; d) only one ace and one king are undealt, and even if both cards show up to make two pair and that’s the best hand, he’d potentially be splitting the pot with HJ. Nonetheless, he limps into the pot, along with four others. UTG1 folds a hand that has 17% equity, more than anyone except SB (19%, with the nut low, suited ace, and a pair) or BB (25% with a pair and no low). SB checks his monster and everyone checks behind. SB finally makes a 250 bet after his set is behind on the turn, BB folds, UTG and I call. UTG misses his draws for a straight and a flush on the river, SB’s set stays good and he bets another 250. UTG calls with the pair of aces, my 6532A low isn’t perfect but I call and take half the pot.

HAND 42125/2509A3K5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ85K94.5K24/0
35CO78439.4K4/2837/2715/1425/8
18D4K349.6K9/24
49SBQT264.3K8/8
45BB2A5T4.4K15/2852/2879/4275/33100/33100/0
41UTGQ6J79.3K8/0
21UTG1KQ3711.5K1/2
42UTG2JJ6T9.9K35/0
54UTG3A2T65K5/2733/2753/2750/1775/170/100

Pre-flop, UTG2 has 24% equity in the hand overall—more than twice the average of 11%—though he has no low. BB, UTG3, and CO, essentially tied for the most equity in any possible low pot, have 18%, 10%, and 8% respectively, because their best draws are to low hands. Action folds to UTG3, who limps in, along with CO. The three players check the flop. BB checks the turn and UTG3 makes a min-bet with a pair of aces. CO’s low card is counterfeit and he folds, leaving BB to make the call. With CO out of the hand, no card can come to prevent BB from at least splitting the high, and he still has a chance for the low. The river gives BB two pair but ruins his low, which goes to UTG3.

HAND 43125/2504598J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG3TTK24.5K17/0
35HJQ2J69.1K3/3
18COT3K59.6K10/15
49D3J754.2K7/15
45SB89364.6K8/035/1769/3575/30100/0
41BB436A9.3K23/5867/7458/9242/1000/100
21UTG47J911.5K21/0
42UTG15Q9T9.9K14/0
54UTG248Q75.2K7/0

BB’s low drawing hand with a suied ace has 42% equity, about as much as you’re ever going to get in a nine-way PLO8 hand. Which is sad, because everyone folds to SB, who limps in. SB check-calls a bet of 500 on the flop as he picks up top pair and a straight draw. SB calls another 1.5K on the turn, with top two pair, then folds his share of the pot to an all-in from BB, who takes in 4.5K. SB loses half his stack.

HAND 44125/2502483
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG26AQK4.5K18/2
35UTG37TQ59.1K16/0
18HJK2T89.6K22/0
49CO3Q2Q4.2K2/827/936/30/0
45D756A2.3K12/17
41SB72J711.5K7/4
21BB56J911.5K7/733/1236/3592/83
42UTGJ43A9.9K10/3041/3131/658/17
54UTG194485.2K13/0

UTG and CO limp into the pot. Everyone checks the flop. I can’t know in BB I’ve got the best high but I’m secure with my low, and pots 875 on the turn, getting folds from both of the other players.

HAND 45125/250A283
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG13T5A4.5K15/18
35UTG2T6J79.1K12/0
18UTG3J4239.6K5/3820/471/10010/1000/100
49HJQ55J4.0K10/0
45COJ4K82.3K14/0
41D964711.4K11/11
21SB884212.1K12/2123/2885/2990/23100/100
42BBAKK59.6K19/1257/1214/0
54UTG79TT5.2K7/0

UTG3 and SB (me, again) limp in. BB starts out with a pair of kings and an ace, with a not-horrible low draw, but SB flops the world, with a set and a flush draw for the high. I pot to 750 and get called by UTG3. The turn makes a flush for me and gives both of us the same 8432A low., but I pots to 2.3K and UTG3 gives it up. He’d only lose chips to call, anyway, since he’d be quartered.

HAND 46125/25049Q62
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTGJA724.5K10/52
35UTG164969.1K26/8
18UTG25T2A8.6K18/5728/5812/42
49UTG3TKT74.0K7/0
45HJA4982.3K14/1725/2036/036/3025/50100/100
41COQ28J11.4K14/0
21D738K13.4K9/1
42SBTKQQ9.4K18/028/047/064/075/00/0
54BB9J735.2K5/121/115/9

UTG and UTG2 both have suited Ax2x hands for the best low draw, though UTG2 has a better backup low. UTG inexplicably folds, leaving UTG2 and HJ limping into the flop along with SB. SB makes top set on the flop and bets half pot, getting a call from BB, with middle pair, a backdoor straight draw and a flush draw. UTG2 folds his low draw, which looks a little vague. HJ has bottom two pair and the nut flush draw and goes all-in for 2.1K. SB raises to 5.1K. BB folds. Until those folds, HJ doesn’t have a chance to win a low pot, but now he’s in contention for the low, if there is one. The turn keeps that possibility alive, then the river brings in a flush that counterfeits SB’s set while also making a low, and HJ scoops the pot.

HAND 47150/3009355Q
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BBK6234.5K9/09/07/0
35UTG26439.1K8/08/09/029/00/00
18UTG1TA4J8.3K31/031/044/068/0100/0100
49UTG25T3J4.0K6/06/014/0
45UTG3289J5.6K4/0
41HJTKA511.4K15/01/06/0
21CO789Q13.4K29/029/027/0
42D2AJ87.0K5/385/383/643/640/410
54SB87A74.4K14/014/017/0

It’s odd to think that UTG’s low rundown hand could have a 0% chance of making the low hand, but all four of the aces are dealt, so there’s nothing that can counterfeit one of them as a low. It won’t matter in this hand anyway. Only UTG3 folds pre-flop (with just 1% equity as dealt). I have top pair and a straight draw as CO, UTG2 has bottom two pair. Action checks around to D, with the nut low draw, who bets 900. UTG and UTG1 are the only callers, with an open-ended straight draw and flush draw, respectively. The flush comes through on the turn for UTG1, D’s still drawing to a low. UTG1 bets just 600, getting calls from D and UTG (who’s drawing dead). On the river, UTG1 bets another 600 but this time nobody calls and he wins the hand.

HAND 48150/300
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBTK6T4.2K5/0
35BB78527.3K8/0
18UTGAJ3A13.4K50/21
49UTG1QQ493.7K17/0
45UTG2J55T5.6K12/0
41UTG36K9J11.1K7/0
21HJJ42813.1K2/16
42CO38365.2K2/0
54D94434.1K2/23

After a hand of carnage, there’s often a lull, and this was one of those hands. UTG raised to 1.1K with his aces (and 42% equity) and everyone folded behind him.

HAND 49150/30048J99
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33D8TA84.0K30/0
35SB36737.0K5/1
18BB366Q13.9K10/1
49UTG5A343.7K6/2313/2515/5819/380
45UTG1J7K25.6K13/0
41UTG224J511.1K3/8
21HJQK2413.1K20/644/636/131/00
54COTAT64.1K21/043/048/050/0100

UTG in this hand has a pretty good low draw and pots to 1.1K, getting calls from me (in HJ) and CO. UTG goes all-in for 2.6K on the flop, both CO and I call, though my low is broken, I do have a bad flush draw and a backdoor flush possibility. CO has the nut heart draw and a made pair. The turn gets checked, as my chances get smaller and smaller, then the river kills any possibility of a low and CO pre-flop pair of tens makes the best hand and picks up a bounty for player 49, who’s eliminated in 37th place.

HAND 50150/3002T2KA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COJ94Q4.0K18/0
35D264J6.9K7/32
18SBK67713.6K11/0
45BB6QJT5.6K17/042/042/000
41UTGKT3311.1K14/0
21UTG188479.4K33/>058/4958/21100100
54HJ583711.9K11/18

I limp in and I’m HU on the flop with BB. My chance of a low as dealt is 0.47%, but with most everyone else out of the field, I’m the only one with any chance and it’s about 50%. The flop makes a better pair for BB, but my flush draw has me in the lead for the best high by the river. The turn seals my flush as the best hand, but BB bets 300 on his straight draw and I call it.He bets another 300 on the river after making a straight, and I just call, because I do just have the fourth-best flush, and there is a possibility of a full house.

HAND 51150/300J5TAT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ5QA24.0K15/44
35COKKTA6.9K19/036/022/022/015/015/00
18D4JJ213.4K8/515/647/157/860/1085/45100
45SB82394.7K10/1119/3118/1820/2425/50
41BB4A8711.1K21/1333/3615/14
21UTG9JQ310.5K22/0
54UTG18K9611.9K16/0

The first three players to act fold (not really sure why HJ’s folding here, with a suited ace and Ax2x; what’s he waiting for?), and everyone else limps in. D hits the big time with top set on the flop and calls a bet of 1.2K from CO, who has a gut-shot Broadway draw, as well as middle pair and an over pair. SB comes along with low cards and an open-ended straight draw. On the turn, D bets 1.8K, SB folds due to a timeout, and CO calls. CO goes all-in with a full house on the river, but D has a better full house and takes the pot and a bounty.

HAND 52150/300769K
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ2QA54.0K10/18
18COA7KT22.1K30/049/599/2100/6100/0
45D63833.2K8/4
41SB324310.8K10/2419/371/58
21BBJT5810.5K22/033/30/00/440/29
54UTG5TQ811.9K32/0

CO and SB are the only limpers into the pot, despite HJ’s decent low draw and suited ace. SB checks the flop. I have a straight in BB with no equity and pot to 900. CO just calls with the nut flush, and SB folds (SB’s 1% chance for a win would be if the turn and river are running 6s, 7s, or 9s, giving him a full house). I thinks his straight might be good and bet 2.7K. CO disabuses me of my belief and pots to 10.8K. I folds.

HAND 53200/400TAA74
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG2K7T4.0K13/7
18HJ4AJ726.3K21/2428/3055/1965/19100/0100/0
45CO25AJ3.2K27/4032/4172/1884/184/460/100
41D9K8410.5K11/1
21SB4KJ76.6K17/523/113/19
54BBQ39Q11.9K28/039/011/0

HJ, CO, and SB limp in. HJ opens after the flop with trips for 700. CO shoved for 2.8K. I folded SB, BB folded, HJ called. The turn gives HJ a full house, the river makes a low for CO and they split the pot.

HAND 54200/4009AQQJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB43K64.0K11/6
18UTGJA4726.7K15/936/4313/1900
45HJK6293.6K8/4
41CO794510.5K11/3
21DTAK76.2K37/168/991/0100100
54SB2A8211.5K13/26

HJ and CO fold. SB folds because of a timeout, otherwise he’d probably be in because he has the low draw. UTG and D (me) limp. BB folds, despite not having to put any money in. Chances for a low are slim on the flop, UTG bets 400 and I call. There’s no low after the turn, I have the hand locked with the river giving me enough guts to bet 3K on the river, waving off UTG.

HAND 55200/400898
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBJ7TK3.6K21/0
57BB569J17.4K15/724/14
18UTGAJ3925.5K10/4616/55
48UTG1483J20.7K17/8
45UTG2T3723.6K7/14
41HJKAQA10.5K12/027/0
21COT5688.0K16/750/22
54D2Q4K11.3K13/9

UTG calls, HJ calls, and I call with less-than-average equity because I’m a sucker for these weird mid-range run-downs. Amazingly, with half the other players folded out, I have a 50% chance of making the best high hand by the river. Things are even better after I get trips on the flop. HJ makes a bet of 900 with his aces. I have a flush draw—the only flush draw to be made. I have trips. I have a gut-shot straight draw to the ten. And I have three live cards to a full house with eights over. I pot to 4.5K and take the hand.

HAND 56200/400
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33D73A23.4K1/30
57SB29Q316.9K13/10
18BB574Q25.1K6/0
48UTGT53420.7K16/4
45UTG16K293.6K14/0
41UTG2JAJA9.2K32/0
21HJ746810.3K18/0
54CO835K11.3K5/0

UTG2 pots his double-paired hand to 1.4K and takes the blinds without contest.

HAND 57200/4006TJ23
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COT8J33.4K11/0
57DK76516.8K18/4
18SB238724.7K8/32
48BBQTAK20.7K23/030/047/030/00/0
45UTGA6AJ3.6K15/2970/5254/070/0100/0
41UTG1T3K49.8K11/14
21UTG2Q69910.3K14/0
54HJ9K8211.3K4/>0

UTG has aces and pots to 1.4K, leaving only 2.2K behind. Action folds to BB, who re-pots a Broadway run-down with two suits. UTG calls all-in and goes HU with 75% equity in the hand. There are three qualified low cards on the board by the river, but the six invalidates UTG’s low and BB has only one qualified card in his hand. UTG’s aces don’t come into play: his jack and six make two pair on the flop and he gets a double.

HAND 58200/400TJ6
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJQ95A3.4K19/7
57CO62T816.8K11/7
18DK98K24.5K20/029/029/0
48SB527217.1K3/26
45BB33977.4K18/030/1426/6
41UTGKA449.8K26/1341/1846/7
21UTG185T210.3K3/23
54UTG2479Q11.3K7/0

UTG tries to limp in, everyone else folds to D, who min-raises to 800 with his pair of kings and no low draw. BB and UTG call. Both of them check the flop, then D fires for 2.6K. UTG has the best chance for a high hand, despite D’s made pair. A couple of aces for top pair, a couple of queens for Broadway, the last four for a set…hard to realize that facing a bet for more than a third of your stack and no pair. D takes the hand.

HAND 59200/40083585
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG26Q393.4K19/5
57HJ692516.8K17/2024/3142/1019/6
18CO7TA426.3K15/4320/4517/7312/8113/1000/100
48DTK9A16.9K11/013/08/00/0
45SB9Q5J6.6K18/024/018/038/037/0100/0
41BBKJKJ9.0K11/019/014/031/050/00/0
21UTG6TAK10.3K2/214/212/180/13
54UTG1T82411.3K15/11

Everyone except for UTG1 and UTG2 sees the flop for minimum price. Despite BB’s over pair to the flop, he’s not favored for the high with the other kings already dealt; CO has the low locked up well. Everyone checks the flop. On the turn, everyone checks to CO, who bets his low for 800. SB has the five and a flush draw and calls with precious chips from his short stack. BB keeps on with his kings, which have picked up some equity with just one card to go The three players check the river and SB’s trip 5s pick up the high pot, with CO having the only low.

HAND 60200/4003388
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG12AT23.4K16/36
57UTG2885A16.4K20/1425/4487/5288/60100/37
18HJ92K727.5K15/4
48CO656K16.5K9/6
45DQJ747.8K11/122/100/11
41SB5K4Q7.8K8/10
21BBQ3QJ9.9K11/024/013/012/00/0
54UTG9T6A11.3K18/434/150/10

UTG, UTG2, and D join me in seeing the flop. Not really sure why UTG1 folds preflop; it’s good for him that he did, but it’s really a hand he should be playing with more preflop equity than any of the others. The flop looks good for me with trips and a flush draw, but I check it. UTG2 opens to 1.8K and I’m the only caller. I really don’t know how I avoided going broke on this hand; UTG2 had far more chips than I did, I have what seems to be a decent hand, but I check-fold to a 2K bet on the turn and escape relatively inexpensively.

Summary

Still running 60% VPIP. Still no pre-flop raises. Three showdowns, lost one, took all of another, and got a low. Won four pots without showdown, more than a quarter of the hands I put money into.

Overall, nine of the twenty hands went to showdown, and there were six made lows (one of which was in a hand that went to the river but not to showdown). Ten high-pot hands had pairs (six of them tens or better), and ten winning hands had suited aces. Only two of the made low hands had A2 combos.

More PLO8 tomorrow.

My Time is Coming: Week 15 or Beatdown

Not exactly a stellar week on the felt. Maybe I should pack the whole poker-playing thing in and just write about poker instead. Oh, wait….

Final Table Portland Poker Classic $100K NLHE

I had some hopes for making some money in this to take down to Las Vegas at the end of the month, and for nine hours or so, things went pretty well.

Action got started at our table with just two players, with a third sitting down relatively soon and the rest of the seats taken as people wandered in. My friend BP was on my left, and was having issues with the player on his left.

I hit a little snag after flopping a set of fives and trying to trap, then losing to a flush. BP was struggling, and eventually I knocked him out. Got a table change off the fold-up to a real table, and things ran good. Six hours in, I was well over chip average with 100K. Then on a BB hand, I called a raise with 64 and went heads up to a flop where I had a gutshot straight flush draw. The raising player tried to shake me off on the flop, then went all in on the turn. I called for most of my chips, he had QxQx and I made the flush on the river, knocking him out and putting me at about twice chip average, with more than 160K.

20160430 Final Table $100K max chip stack Took a couple hits, clawed my way back up to 140K, then at the 3K/6K level, I made an UTG raise to 17K, had a stack go all in for 93K in middle position, and called witih AK against aces. That table broke almost immediately.

I had some hope. Even with less than 8BB, I’d just watched RB—the guy who eventually won the tournament, though I didn’t know that at the time, obviously—go from 40K to 200K in the course of an orbit. I missed my big chance, though, by laying down Kx9x (offsuit) in early position and watching the flop run out two kings, with a slightly larger stack in late position nearly tripling up with Kx8x. My nine would have played. I was out the next hand with: Kx8x. Lightning did not strike twice. Made it to within about 20 places of the money.

Eight hours and forty-five minutes. 42nd of 240 entries.

20160430 Final Table $100K

Bovada $500 PLO8 Turbo

Increased my stack by 50% buying in late, flopping the nut flush and winning the low on a side pot on the second hand I was dealt (42K2 with a flop of 2A7) then out two hands later with 27AT when a river ace counterfeits my turned low.

Five minutes. 4 hands. 34th of 49 entries.

Bovada $300 O8

Got in with 15 big bets, called a raise in a multi-way pot with 7A26 and got in too deep to extricate myself.

Fourteen minutes. 6 hands. 37th of 41 entries.

Bovada O8 Bounty

Just a steady downward drift from starting stack, but at least I lasted longer than the other two tournaments.

Forty minutes. 20 hands. 18th of 18 entries.

Bovada 0.1/0.25 & 0.05/0.1 NLHE Zone 6-Max

Do you want to hear about how a river queen gave the guy with trips four of a kind against my flopped full house? Well, I don’t want to talk about it, either.

Six sessions. One hour and forty minutes. 277 hands. -360BB.

Bovada 0.1/0.25 PLO8 6-Max

Big hand in the first session was A52Q, made the flush and the low against a guy who went all-in on a turn where the board was 6576 with 33AJ. In the second, I lost most of my buyin when SB raised 3-bet me preflop and I put him all in. I had J2AK, he called off with 5436. That’s about as even as it gets.

Two sessions. Sixty-eight minutes. 69 hands. -7BB.

The Game 1/2 NLHE

The first hour went well then got in a multi-way straddled pot with 34 and flopped a gut-shot straight flush draw on a 578x board. A player in early position check-raised to $75 and three of us ended up all in. The player who’d pushed to $75 turned over 9xTx, thinking somehow that she had a made straight. One of the players who folded had a six, and the other guy who didn’t fold had 6 and made the straight on the turn.. Obviously, no heart came or I wouldn’t be whining about people who can’t read the board.

Ninety minutes. -100BB

Puffmammy NLHE

The now-infrequent home game where I first started playing NLHE. Got into it early with BW, the eventual winner. He took a bunch of chips off me in the second round and I got them back on the next hand, then he took me again not long after. I did get the high hand, but overall a poor showing.

Two and a half hours. 5th of 7 players. -69% ROI.

20160503 Puffmammy

Encore Club $1.5K NLHE

Managed to get to Encore by the break after the home game bustout. Just about made the final table.

One hour and forty minutes. 11th of 29 entries.

20160503 Encore $1.5K

Encore Club $500 NLHE

Third tournament of the night was not a charm.

Fifty minutes. 9th of 11 entries.

20160503 Encore $500

Final Table $1K NLHE

Just did my basic buyin with no addon. These are still suffering from the early cash table starts; today’s was right on the guarantee. The player in seat 6 was playing just about every hand and winning. I took off one chunk when I raised KxQx and he called with Ax6x but I didn’t make it even half-way through the small field.

Two hours and forty-five minutes. 12th of 22 entries.

20160505 Final Table $1K

Final Table First Friday $20K

PDX Poker Encore Club announced a $20K opposite Final Table’s monthly event, with $80 buyin/live rebuy and $40 addon versus Final Table’s $100 buyin/rebuy and $50 addon. So I get to Final Table and sit down at the table and don’t notice that they’ve changed it to a live rebuy. Frankly, if I had noticed that before I handed over my money, I would have turned around and gone to Encore PDXPC (even though this will be my last Final Table $20K until at least August), since the max buyin there is $200 instead of $250. And I suspect the prize pool there might top Final Table’s as well.

I had Nu on my immediate left, and he went to work, as usual pulling in some big pots. I was quietly building my stack, then limped into a hand and made a pair of sizes on a straighty board. Nu and another player had called, at showdown I had the sixes with a king kicker, Nu had a pair on the flop with 4x5x and rivered two pair. The end for me came with QxQx. I raised to 600 from UTG1 after UTG limped at 75/150. Nu called along with several others. The flop was Tx4x2x rainbow. I opened to 2K, Nu called, and a short stack in BB shoved for a little over 4K. I had another 7.5K and shoved over. Nu contemplated a bit, speculated that I had an over pair (correct, sir!), called off about half his stack and showed 9xTx. The short stack had AxTx. The turn was a blank. The river was a nine and Nu took the whole pot. I went home.

Kind of wishing I’d gone to Portland Players Club to catch some Friday night Big O. It’s been a long time. I busted just a little too late to call Chad to let him know I was coming.

One hour. 72nd of 74 entries, but out waaaay before break.

20160506 Final Table $20K

Live rebuys will be the death of Portland poker. Mark my words.

Wild Kingdom: Hands 21-40

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

Continuing with the tournament series we started Tuesday, I’ve nearly tripled my starting stack (as player 21). A reminder, the values in the chart are the percentage for getting the best high/low hand, not the amount of overall equity. See the first installment for a full explanation of the chart, if it’s not obvious.

HAND 2160/12042J36
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG2T286.3K23/437/1713/>013/45/50/100
35UTG1K37810.7K15/6
18HJ75594.9K16/9
14COJQ6T3.0K19/0
4D8Q633.6K5/23
21SB895T14.1K9/024/99/55
6BB464K10.6K20/1646/2782/1387/1395/35100/0

Just UTG and me limping this hand. I check from SB on the flop, BB pots his set of fours, UTG repots his set of twos, I get the hell out of the hand, not knowing that my low’s live, and BB calls. They check the flop and it looks like BB’s going to scoop, until the river when UTG gets lucky with a card that counterfeit’s BB’s live low card.

HAND 2260/120942
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB3T6A6.4K14/1323/1717/60
35UTG6Q2K10.7K12/7
18UTG155384.9K11/9
14UTG276263.0K3/76/135/1
4HJKJT53.6K27/0
41CO2ATT5K6/1720/1741/1
21D738914.0K15/0
6SBJ7KA10.6K18/054/037/0

People seem to be playing a little tighter at this level. Three players limp in and BB checks. BB pots his low draw on the flop, and everyone else folds.

HAND 2360/120T7AA2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBAK956.7K30/1343/1345/050/00
35BB748910.7K23/236/644/025/0
18UTG6QQ24.9K2/6
14UTG167Q42.9K9/11
4UTG2333Q3.6K0/0
41UTG32KA84.9K11/1115/1923/1350/8100
21HJT85614.0K14/0
42COK4TJ5K13/0
6D3K5J10.5K5/309/311/600/41

NIne players, three limp in and BB checks. All four check the flop. On the turn, UTG3 and SB are likely tying the high with AAAT7, SB bets 480 and UTG3 is the only caller. The river fails to bring a low for either player, but UTG3 makes a full house and scoops.

HAND 2460/120622AJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33DA44Q4.7K9/1027/100/15
35SB75T210.6K6/2
18BB68A24.9K6/617/6100/0100/0100/0100/0
14UTG69392.9K1/0
4UTG157QK3.6K22/0
41UTG243A97.2K28/2943/290/540/540/1000/100
21UTG3748714.0K1/114/30/0
42HJJJ385K24/0
6COT8Q910.4K7/0

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hand with more lopsided percentages to win. Because of the cards dealt, BB’s A2 has only a 6% chance of winning or tying a low hand, even though he’s the only player with that combo. The A34 low draw of UTG2 is actually better off. UTG and UTG1 fold, UTG2 raises to 240, and he’s called by UTG3 (with virtually no chance of winning), D, and BB. On the flop, BB scores big—though his low is gone—nobody else has a shot at the high anymore. He pots and UTG2 calls with the low draw. BB’s hand improves with a better full house on the turn, UTG2 makes his low, and they get all the chips in to chop the pot.

HAND 2560/120347J9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COAJA74.4K33/038/070/088/094/0100/0
35D553210.5K25/1933/2021/12
18SB2T865.2K11/2
14BB98T62.9K11/0
4UTGJQT83.6K11/015/04/0
41UTG19T6K7.4K9/0
21UTG22AQK13.8K12/4216/426/9012/1006/1000/100
42HJ38K25K4/13

Some pre-flop raising action on this hand. UTG and I limp in, then CO pots his pair of aces (and not much else apart from the suit) to 660. D calls with some low cards, UTG calls with a run-down, and I’m in with my nut low draw and suited Broadway cards. The flop gives me a fairly strong low, and I’m going to run with it. CO has the nut flush draw and the aces, D has straight draws with an ace or a six to complete. UTG has nothing and checks. I pot my low, and CO calls. The others fold. I’ve got a slim chance to scoop with 5 for a wheel until the river. CO goes all-in on the turn and I call. We chop the pot.

HAND 2680/160K4J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ347T5.2K5/335/331/0
35CO5QJ49.8K21/029/032/0
18DKQT95.1K14/020/049/0
14SBTJ632.8K13/318/311/2
4BB5A372.9K19/5329/539/56
41UTG22JQ7.4K20/0
21UTG1365914.5K7/24
42UTG2T99K5K14/0

Four players limp in and BB checks. D has a lot of draws to a straight on the flop and pots, everyone else folds.

HAND 2780/160KT34
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG2J8595.0K20/0
35HJ7QJT9.7K17/0
18COAJA45.8K12/1461/1760/731/0
14D29Q62.6K12/2
4SB766K2.8K9/0
41BB324A7.4K13/5342/5641/2169/32
21UTG458Q14.5K14/4
42UTG157TK5K12/3

CO pots his aces to 560 after everyone in front of him folds, getting a call from BB. Two high cards on the flop reduce the chance of BB’s low, both players check. The turn card is bad for CO as it gives BB two pair and the only low draw. BB bets 1.2K and CO folds.

HAND 2880/160996AJ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG1277Q5.0K1/0
35UTG253629.7K8/1319/1319/423/40/310
18HJ3A3A5.2K17/1750/1866/777/7100/0100
14CO38K52.6K4/15
4D5JA72.7K15/031/015/0
41SBTK498.1K27/0
21BB4K8214.5K1/0
42UTGT7Q85K33/0

Let’s consider double-paired/double-suited hands for a moment. HJ’s picked up a great hand by all conventional standards: two aces with second-nut low draws, and two nut flush draws. Yet he only has a 17% chance of having the best high hand, and an equal chance of having the best low hand. Yes, he will scoop the pot in this case, but his overall starting equity is 22%, compared to 25% for SB and 26% for UTG, neither of whom has what would be considered a good hand. Anyway, UTG2 tries to limp in with his low cards, HJ pots to 720, D calls with a suited ace, and UTG2 calls. HJ’s chance for the high hand go up dramatically against just two other players. HJ pots again to 2.4K on the flop with two pair and UTG2 calls with the six and backdoor low draw. UTG2 check-calls HJ’s all-in for 2.1K on the turn, the river doesn’t bring a low, and HJ scoops with the full house.

HAND 2980/1607K22T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG38Q65.0K7/28
35UTG1K69K4.5K20/037/083/090/0100/0100
18UTG269T411.4K12/0
14HJ52872.6K23/9
4CO37AQ2.0K9/4927/7710/7410/740/500
41DJJ9Q8.0K24/026/03/0
21SB3AT314.3K1/487/583/743/740/500
42BBTQK45K8/09/04/0

Three players limp in and BB checks. The flop looks good for my low, but great for UTG1. Four of us have backdoor draws as our only outs for the high, and that’s likely to get split up if it happens. I check my low draw, UTG1 opens up for 800, getting a fold from D and BB. I check the turn, UTG1 pots to 3.2K, and CO calls for 1K. UTG1 only has 300 behind and I raise to 6.5K. Naturally, he calls. I miss the low (which would have been a chop with CO, anyway) but CO is eliminated in 33rd position.

HAND 3080/160
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB36KQ5.0K16/19
35UTG2T7411.2K12/32
18UTG1955211.4K19/21
14HJK7JQ2.6K26/0
41CO3K897.8K15/2
21DQT599.9K12/0
42SB486K4.8K11/8

I just limp in as D and BB folds. I’ll have to try that more often.

HAND 3180/160643
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBQ73T4.9K10/0
35BB9T2K11.2K10/024/00/0
18UTG5A8K11.4K20/16
14UTG1884J2.6K7/0
45UTG2Q7QK5K18/037/03/0
41HJ53427.8K18/5039/6697/100
21CO458J10.1K23/6
42DT96A4.8K19/4

UTG2 and HJ limp in, BB checks. Why I didn’t call with 458J I don’t know, I actually have the best chance of making a high. HJ is all over the flop, pots it to 560, and the others fold.

HAND 3280/160598T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33DJ5T44.8K7/0
35SBK35311.1K4/2014/358/00/0
18BB735911.4K7/2021/3618/20/0
14UTGTJJ82.6K9/021/048/038/0
45UTG19QAA4.8K15/031/08/00/0
41UTG296K68.2K32/0
21HJ72JA10.1K11/1622/2218/7769/56
42CO48734.8K22/24

Here’s an odd—but not unusual—situation. I have A2, technically the best possible low combo, but SB and BB, each with 3x5x, have a nearly 50% better chance of making the best low. How can that be? Let’s consider what’s been dealt: Axx3, 2xx1, 3xx4, 4xx1, 5xx3, 6xx2, 7xx3, and 8xx2. That leaves one ace, three deuces, three fours, one five, two sixes, a seven, and two eights. Assume three of those cards show up on the board to qualify a low. All of the threes are out, meaning that part of their draw is safe. Only one five remains to cancel out that draw. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of the remaining low cards negate my deuce, and I can’t get a three. This is when you want an extra low card. Anyway, four players limp in and BB checks. CO should be reconsidering why he didn’t come into the hand with the rest of us. We all check the flop. On the turn, I have a straight and the best low draw; since nobody bet the flush on the flop, I pot to 1.3K after a minimum bet of 160 from UTG1 and his worthless aces. Everyone folds.

HAND 3380/1605A89J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COA3J34.8K10/12
35D94T710.9K30/0
18SB27QK11.2K8/0
14BB5TA52.5K23/245/367/070/081/00/0
45UTG6K264.5K1/3
41UTG12QQ38.2K12/2218/3511/8911/896/940/100
21UTG266JQ10.9K10/019/03/0
42HJK2444.8K9/1419/1520/1220/1213/6100/0

Three players limp in and BB checks. CO makes a tight but technically proper fold with his A3. Not having a backup low could easily get him into trouble here. Lots of action on the flop. BB has a set and a redraw to a full house or quads, so he pots to 720. UTG1 has the nut low and a draw to the wheel for the high, so he re-pots to 2.9K. I have nothing, so I fold. HJ goes all-in for 4.6K with the nut flush draw and second-nut low. Both BB and UTG1 call, with BB all-in for 1.6K. BB’s looking good on the turn, but the river swings the high pot to HJ’s flush and he chops the pot with UTG1, and they each get half a bounty. Player 14 finishes in 31st place.

HAND 34100/2003QT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJ79JQ4.8K18/0
35CO626K10.9K18/18
18D429711.2K8/38
45BBQ9TJ4.5K20/038/09/0
41UTG2K7K9.6K16/6
21UTG1Q57810.8K11/3
42UTG2A4T86.1K20/2163/5591/25

No SB. UTG2 is the only player to limp in; he goes HU with BB. BB checks top two pair on the flop, UTG2 bets 400 with his flush, and with only a draw to the full house on the high end, BB lets it go.

HAND 35100/200765
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG29QKA4.8K21/0
35HJQKQ510.9K4/0
18CO2J7411.2K19/23
45SBK2J64.3K9/12
41BB853Q9.6K6/1424/6616/100
21UTG688910.8K32/077/899/12
42UTG12TJ36.3K14/39

I’m the only player (UTG) in the pot other than BB. BB has a draw to the same straight as me, and the best low, though he’s unlikely to realize that. I pot to 500 and he folds.

HAND 36100/200
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG159A54.8K33/13
35HJK79810.9K5/0
18COT6K611.2K10/0
45DQ7724.2K20/9
41SB8K8T9.4K11/0
21BBJ63611.1K22/17
42UTG984A6.3K11/15

I get a walk in the BB. Rare in PLO8.

HAND 37100/200T4Q39
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG564A4.8K9/10
35UTG1JT8610.9K25/0
18HJ8T9411.2K18/042/471/070/070/0100
45CO83AJ4.2K17/13
41DQ2429.3K22/9
21SB535611.2K14/1230/3715/2230/4030/400
42BB937T6.3K19/054/250/4720/0

HJ is the only player to call out of the blinds. On the flop, HJ and BB have a good chance at a split high pot (good in the sense that a chop is likely, not that it’s really “good” for either of them). HJ has a better chance to make the high. All three check the flop. Only SB  (me) has a chance for a low after the turn, and I pick up more of an opportunity for the high. HJ bets 200, I call, BB folds. No low after the river shows up, HJ bets 400 with his straight, I fold a pair of fives.

HAND 38100/200K7K33
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB3T824.8K5/0
35UTGAT5210.9K14/3728/370/150/310
18UTG1AA4J11.2K7/1131/112/40/60
49UTG286865K12/0
45HJ27A94.8K10/33
41CO68QQ9.3K27/0
21DJT5910.8K15/0
42SB34JK6.1K20/045/098/0100/0100

The pair of aces in UTG’s hand has just a 7% chance of making the best high with everyone else in the hand. Both of the other aces are dealt out, something that’s fairly common with 32 of 52 cards gone from the deck in an eight-handed deal. The average equity with two aces against seven other players is only 19%; that’s about 1.5 times the average equity. That goes up to 30% with AA23. On this hand, UTG calls, UTG1 raises the aces to 900. SB and UTG call. The flop is checked around, then SB pots on the turn with a full house. UTG has a low draw and calls the 1.2K along with UTG1. SB has the nuts on the river and makes an all-in bet, the other players fold.

HAND 39100/200A32Q8
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBQ95T4.6K11/0
35BBTA538.8K8/5139/6287/6794/44100/100
18UTG97869.1K19/1
49UTG1JAJ35K9/3768/4254/1067/0100/0
45UTG23KJ74.8K22/2
41HJ4QK69.3K13/7
21COA4T610.8K7/19
42DQ82210.5K18/>0

UTG1 raises to 400 and BB is the only caller. Both players have the A3 second-nut low, but only BB has a backup low card. This comes into play immediately when the players flop top two pair. On the flop, BB actually has 74% equity in the hand, compared to UTG1’s 26%. BB can only improve to a better two pair (the only hand that isn’t a tie with BB) with the final jack. BB checks the flop, UTG1 bets 450, and BB calls. The turn almost ensures a split high pot, and both players check, then the river makes the low for BB and UTG1 gets quartered.

HAND 40100/2008Q539
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33D99924.5K9/0
35SBK7629.3K10/3615/638/738/736/1000/100
18BBKT3J9.1K18/027/017/0
49UTG76444.6K17/6
45UTG1TJ7K4.8K18/023/026/026/012/0100/0
41UTG28J349.3K13/25
21HJ672Q10.8K7/36
42COKQ5A10.5K32/852/1065/166/181/00/0

UTG1, CO, and BB limp in. The flop gives CO two pair but makes his low draw practically useless. The blinds check, UTG1 bets his straight and flush draws for 200, getting called by everyone but BB. SB locks up the low on the turn, and CO has 41% equity in the hand for just his two pair. Neither bets the turn though, and the river fills in the gap in UTG1’s straight. SB has made the lower straight and with that and the low bets pot on the river. UTG1 calls, and CO wisely folds.

Summary

I didn’t limp into quite as many hands in this stage as I did in the first twenty, Only 45% VPIP in this batch, making it 60% over the first 40 hands. Still no pre-flop raising. People are already slightly less inclined to take it to the river: hands won without showdown goes from 1 to 4. I don’t go to as many showdowns myself: only 2 hands (with 1 win).

Only one of the six hands that won a low pot at showdown had an Ax2x combination. Six of the winning high hands contained three or four different ranks under nine (including aces). Four of the winning high hands had a pair under tens; only three had pairs TxTx or better.

More PLO8 action on Saturday.

#PNWPokerCalendar Planner for 4 May 2016

Encore Poker Series VIII

Still no results posted for the four EPS events from a couple weeks back, either to Facebook or Hendon Mob.

Encore, by the way, is going through some rebranding this week.

Final Table $100K Guarantee

I was sitting next to Rich when we were still around seven tables. I had an above-average stack with 20+ big blinds and Rich was down to about 6. Then he went on a tear and shot up to a couple hundred thousand in the space of an orbit. Meanwhile, I lost most of my chips (not to Rich) and went out shortly after our table broke. Congratulations to everyone for another great event.

20160430 Final Table $100K payouts

Payouts for the Final Table $100K. There were 240 entrants, with 87 rebuys and 200 addons.

The Last Month

There’s just four weeksto the day!—before the first open event of the 2016 World Series of Poker, the $7M Guarantee Colossus II. So much to do, so much money to pull together.

As I mentioned in last week’s Planner, I’m going to be in Las Vegas as a live reporter for the WSOP from Memorial Day weekend until mid-July (as of today, I’m sort of still looking for a place to stay, as well, so if you have any leads, send me a message on Twitter). I will attempt to keep the Planner going, but I may cut the Deal until I return to Portland. In any case, things are probably going to be a little truncated for the next couple of months.

Seniors World Championship of Poker

Throwing back to the Deal a few weeks ago which rounded up seniors events during the WSOP:

Wild Kingdom

If you liked A Game That Will Live In Infamy—my equity examination of a 6-Max NLHE tournament—I posted the first 20 hands of a Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand-by-hand yesterday. All cards exposed, down to the last hand of the tournament. More tomorrow.

Deal of the Day: Vegas

Let’s just say the Deal for next month is being in Las Vegas. By my count, for most of June, there are six tournament series running: the WSOP, the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III, Golden Nugget’s Grand Poker Series, the Goliath (WSOP’s younger sibling at Planet Hollywood), Binion’s Poker Classic at the WSOP’s birthplace, and the Wynn Summer Classic.

I could link to all of the individual tournament venues, but those links are all in #PNWPokerCalendar. Instead, here I’ll direct you to Kenny Hallert’s Grand Unified Poker Schedule on Dropbox. It has all of the above, plus the shorter series at AriaM, and Bellagio, in an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet has extra tabs with non-NLHE events, contact info, and rake for each buy-in level. It’s an incredibly detailed piece of work.

The other draw, of course is cash games. Frustrated tournament players need something to do to fill in the hours between games, and the ones with extra money go to the cash tables. Last year during the weekend of the Colossus, I saw morning 1-2 games at Planet Hollywood last year with $800 going into a pot. It was amazing. And PH is just a small poker room in a city of a lot of small poker rooms and some really big poker rooms.

So. Vegas.

This Week in Portland Poker

  • It’s time for another First Friday $20K guarantee at Final Table this week. $100 buyin/rebuy, $50 addon, 7pm.
  • Encore Club has its own $20K this Friday. $80 buyin/live rebuy, $40 addon. This starts at 8pm.
  • See The Game about their Cinco de Mayo complimentary nacho bar Thursday, with $2 Mexican beers and $3 margaritas. For Mother’s Day Weekend, (this Friday through Sunday) there’s a complimentary door fee and some free food and drink items. They’re also offering a drink to the first players seated in the morning game on Friday. Beginning Sunday and next Wednesday, The Game will be contributing $100+ twice a day to a Bad Beat Jackpot. And beginning next Wednesday, they start a weekly $1.5K guarantee tournament at 2pm. Coming up 21 May at 2pm is a WSOP Main Event satellite event. $100 entry/rebuy and $50 addon and the winner receives a package including a seat and travel to Las Vegas. Maybe you’ll meet me there!

Only a Day Away

  • The Cal State Poker Championship at Commerce Casino in LA is in the middle of its run. Tomorrow is the first of two starting days for a $240 buyin $250K guarantee NLHE tournament.
  • Saturday is the start of the WPTDeepstacks Central California, at Turlock Poker Room. Six events, with a $100K Main Event for $1.1K buy-in.
  • Saturday is also the 2nd Annual Central Valley Omaha Championships, an Omaha Hi-Lo tournament with a $160 buy-in. The one I won a seat for in a drawing but couldn’t get into my schedule (Fresno is a looooong drive for a $20K).
  • The 14th is Day 1A for the Rivercard $150K at Pala Casino north of San Diego. There are daily entry flights (except for Mondays and Tuesdays) through 28 May. With Day 2 on 29 May. An entry to the WSOP Main Event is taken out of the prize pool and awarded to the first place finisher.
  • Last week’s Deal, the Gardens Poker Festival starts 15 May with a $350 buyin $500K guarantee tournament.
  • The Deepstack Extravaganza Warm-Up at The Venetian gets going 16 May with a $250, 3-day $100K guarantee.

Check out the #PNWPokerCalendar for more poker.

Wild Kingdom: Hands 1-20

Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty

A couple months back, I put together a series of articles showing equities for all of the hands dealt at my table(s) down to the last hand of a NLHE 6-Max tournament. In the middle of that project, I got into the same position in an online Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Bounty game, also on Bovada, and I thought it might be interesting to do the same type of breakdown for the hands in that game. One installment per day (except Wednesday and Friday) until the end of the tournament.

This was a smaller tournament, with 65 entries at nine-handed tables. The bounty was one-third of the entry fee, and nine places paid. I got into the tournament in the third level.

These hand charts vary slightly from those I did for the 6-Max. Instead of equity, the values are the percentage chance of making the best hand for the high (before the slash) and the low (after the slash).

Cards are shown for each player in the CARDS column. The flop, turn, and river cards are on the first row, along with the hand number, and blinds. Suits are designated by black for spades, green for clubs, red for hearts, and blue for diamonds. My player number is 21, it’s always in bold.

If there’s no chance of a low, there will be no second number (or slash). Because more than one player may make the best hand in many situations—particularly for low pots—the values represent shared equity.

Players who win chips in a hand are highlighted in yellow. Players who receive chips from the pot but have a net loss are highlighted in red.

HAND 130/60K528
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
13SBJ44J4.7K17/034/014/0
16BBK7355.3K12/316/1644/1955/1970/10
18UTG493Q5.2K19/29
14UTG1926Q5.3K19/3
4HJ7JA74.6K14/27/3214/5314/535/90
21COA5K25K17/3032/4170/783/795/5
6D39985.4K8/0

I start off in the cutoff, and my hand looks decent until the flop, where two of my three low cards are counterfeit. I do pick up top two pair for my high (so does BB). HJ has the best low with a seven, but there’s no way he can know it. He comes along with his middle pair when BB min-bets the flop, but they both fold to my pot bet on the turn.

HAND 230/60K9722
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
13D5AQJ4.6K28/242/230/325/1325/120/0
16SBQQ575.2K7/013/00/00/0
18BB9J445.2K2/04/00/00/0
14UTG36875.3K27/7
4UTG15K3K4.5K27/1133/1264/475/1875/19100/0
23UTG274965K8/0
21HJ32385.3K1/96/154/90/6
6CO24885.4K2/04/01/00/0

UTG and UTG2 fold as everyone else limps in. Six players check the flop, as UTG1 pulls ahead with top pair. Both the blinds are drawing dead for both hi and lo pots: the last queen wouldn’t catch SB up to UTG1’s set of kings, both of BB’s other fours are already dealt. UTG opens his set with a pot-sized bet on the turn, everyone folds but D, who does have Broadway and other straight draws, as well as a low draw. Nothing comes on the river except for a full house for UTG1, he makes a bet of less than half pot and D folds.

HAND 330/60T82AT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
13CO5J364.2K0/11
16D796K5.2K25/0
18SB5Q425.2K3/158/215/158/80/0
14BB44QT5.3K21/025/012/017/00/0
4UTG235Q5.1K>0/17
23UTG177K45K5/0
21UTG235785.2K15/1121/1132/3817/920/100
25UTG32JAK5K19/327/222/017/00/0
6HJA6TJ5.3K20/026/033/050/0100/0

UTG, UTG1, CO, and D ditch out in an unraised pot. Everyone checks the flop and turn. SB bets 120 on the river with a 8542A low, and I call with 8532A. HJ pots his full house and takes the whole pot.

HAND 430/609785T
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
13HJ2J744.2K29/038/063/066/0100/0100/0
16CO82Q95.2K12/0
18D62TA5.0K7/5711/5732/7334/730/1000/100
14SB298J5.2K15/0
4BBQ5KK5.1K15/023/05/0
23UTGJT435K8/0
21UTG145QT5.1K8/0
25UTG264A34.9K18/029/00/0
6UTG38AKA5.8K0/03/00/0

With everyone in the hand, there is a 0% chance that UTG3’s aces win anything. UTG and I (UTG1) fold, CO folds, and D raises his A2 to 120. SB folds, and the remaining four players call. UTG3’s chances of winning the high go up to just under 3%: both of the other aces are dealt, so quads and sets are out of the picture. The best hand he can make is a full house, and only if there are three of a kind on the board and nobody else has the fourth card. Otherwise, without a flush draw, his most likely good hand is Broadway, but only one queen remains in the deck. D hits a low draw and fills in a ten-high straight, betting pot and getting a call from HJ, with flush and gut-shot straight draws. The turn makes the club flush for HJ and locks the low for D (all aces and deuces have been dealt, the low can’t be counterfeit). HJ check-raises all-in over a pot bet from D and they chop the pot.

HAND 540/80A6AQT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
18CO946Q5.2K9/3
14DA4845.2K4/168/2015/315/270/150/0
4SB852T5.0K10/911/140/60
23BB26JJ5K15/518/910/6
21UTG9K7K5.1K33/039/013/3
25UTG132874.8K9/15
6HJQA755.7K21/525/1062/785/41100/30100/0

Table balancing moves a player away as we start a new level. I call with my kings, only UTG1 and CO fold pre-flop. My stock goes down radically on the flop, when HJ makes the best trips. HJ opens for 200, getting called only by D (with worse trips). HJ bets another 400 on the river after making a full house, and D calls. HJ knows he has the nuts on the river and bets 1.4K. D folds.

HAND 640/802Q9
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
18HJ68435.2K12/11
14CO69T34.5K15/1
4DT4J24.9K17/14
23SB35TK4.9K9/421/1123/11100/100
21BB994A5.0K10/2534/2868/180/7
25UTGA6Q74.8K26/5
6UTG15KK26.6K13/747/179/0

Only three players go to the flop: UTG1 and the blinds. A set of nines for BB blows up UTG1’s chances of winning the high pot, he bets 240 and the other players fold.

HAND 740/802AK38
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
18UTG19TJJ5.2K31/037/023/010/0
14HJTK274.5K7/3
4CO8JT74.9K16/019/017/010/0
23DKQ334.8K18/0
21SB3A645.1K23/4528/4559/8385/100100/100
25BB68274.8K17/2318/236/10/150/0
6UTG2QT66.5K5/2115/2112/15/15

Five to the flop, and all five check. The turn locks up at least a portion of the low for me in SB, and two pair (aces and threes) is the best high so far, though a queen on the river would make Broadway for UTG1 and CO. BB bets 400 with nothing much, and I call. We both check the river and I scoop the pot.

HAND 840/80576KQ
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
18UTG2TKQ5.1K8/0
14UTG1J94Q4.5K14/0
4HJ88J44.8K17/0
23COKA6K4.8K12/132/11/1
21D25JT5.9K14/9
25SB67374.3K16/234/339/140/120/00
6BB534A6.5K12/5534/6265/10066/10085/100100

Only three players stay into the flop here. CO and SB limp, and BB pots. CO and SB both call. BB hits not only the bottom end of the straight cards on the board, but has an uncounterfeitable low. SB’s set of sevens probably looks great to him, because he pots, getting called by BB. CO folds, avoiding potential disaster since he would have hit a set of kings on the turn.SB pots again into BB’s made low and straight, but his best hope at this point is for the 7 to make his quads or for the board to pair, which doesn’t happen with the river. SB only has 180 remaining, BB puts him all-in to call, which he does. He’s the first elimination off the table and BB claims a bounty.

HAND 940/80A398
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB7A565K18/1936/2933/7420/100
18UTGTT2J5.1K16/0
14UTG1K3K64.5K11/129/218/25/0
4UTG2652K4.8K12/17
23HJ29744.5K13/14
21CO5TJ35.9K17/8
6SB3Q7811.1K25/036/659/>075/0

Looking at them, you wouldn’t think that a suited queen with three low cards, no ace, and no deuce was favored for the high pot over pocket kings and tens, but player 6 has nearly twice the average equity as the cards are dealt. UTG, UTG2, HJ, and I fold, UTG1 and SB limp, BB checks. Even after the folds, SB’s ahead of UTG1’s kings. While the flop favors BB, the flush draw gives SB a greater chance of winning the high pot. Everyone checks the flop. On the turn SB bets the bare minimum of 80, BB times out and is automatically folded (bummer), and UTG1 folds. SB takes the pot.

HAND 1040/80TJ4
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SB9A8J4.9K15/120/423/0
18BB4QJ35.1K12/915/926/0
14UTG232J4.4K4/306/322/19
4UTG1K2574.8K7/24
23HJQ4K84.5K17/0
21COAT9T5.9K19/026/040/0
6D676511.3K33/837/2312/15

UTG limps in, along with me, D, and SB. BB checks. BB has a flush draw and top and bottom pair on the flop and opens to 400. I pot my set of tens and everyone folds.

HAND 1140/808T775
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33D2TJA4.8K28/3449/3445/5050/5025/300/100
18SB6QJ44.6K23/0
14BB45524.3K12/020/015/0
4UTG76AK4.8K8/0
23UTG1A4524.5K11/3419/3438/5039/5020/300/100
21HJA27K6.6K9/3417/349/5010/5055/30100/100
6CO963K11.2K19/0

Three players have the nut low draw: with all of the aces and all but one of the deuces dealt out, they’re unlikely to be counterfeit. UTG folds, UTG1 min-raises, CO and SB are the only other players to fold. BB checks the flop and UTG1 bets 340 with the low and flush draws. I call from HJ with the middle pair and low draw. D has top pair and the low and calls before BB folds. The second seven flips everything around for the high pot (which is the only pot at the moment) and I’m content to just check. UTG1 checks the river and I bet pot on my trips, thinking that the ace kicker might be good enough. Nobody seems to have been betting a straight or full house on the previous streets. Both D and UTG1 call, and I take the entire high pot. The low gets split three ways.

HAND 1250/100Q5AK2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33COQ6443.8K9/1317/1318/1910/100/100
18D8J594.6K16/0
14SBK4784.2K6/2
4BB99254.8K12/1715/1711/40/00/0
23UTGQK3T3.5K25/0
21UTG169JJ8.9K23/037/016/015/00/0
6HJA72611.2K17/4232/4256/6175/45100/0

Blinds are up, UTG folds, D folds, and SB folds. Everyone else limps to the flop, then checks. The turn gets checked, as well. HJ’s equity in the low is spoiled on the river, and the small pot gets chopped by CO’s 6542A and HJ’s aces and deuces.

HAND 1350/100323K2
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJAQ3Q3.9K35/1454/1580/483/690/0100
18COJ7574.6K20/5
14D99KJ4.1K13/021/01/0
4SB92644.7K7/3318/333/56
23BB6Q373.5K4/187/2016/1717/6111/440
21UTG46TK8.8K22/11
6UTG1595511.3K1/0

I fold, along with UTG1 and CO, everyone else limps in. BB has one of the 3s and makes a min-bet, HJ pots to 700 with his better trips, and BB calls. HJ’s better kicker gives him a huge edge over BB for the high pot. There’s still a little room for a chop of the high pot if a queen shows up, but after calling 1.8K on the turn, BB needs a six or seven to take the pot. The river deuce negates his chances for a low, and HJ scoops, leaving BB on life support.

HAND 1450/100TQ2KT
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTG1684J6.7K11/1
18HJ869J4.6K20/0
14CO9K3A4.0K7/2810/283/143/14100
4DJ3JK4.6K16/017/017/017/0150
23SB42T80.9K17/1030/1055/057/265100
21BB49378.8K11/714/73/4
6UTG65AA11.3K26/1032/1122/523/7150

Everyone limps in except for UTG1 abd HJ, who share three ranks in their hands. Their folds increase SB’s chance to get out of the hole significantly. SB makes two pair on the flop and has the lead and pots. Everyone but me calls the 500. SB puts his remaining 250 chips in the pot and gets called by the remaining three players. The river gives him a full house. D bets 200 on the river. Nobody calls it, and in the showdown he just has two pair, and gets his 200 back. If either of the other two players in the hand had called or raised him, they would have won (CO with the same two pair and ace kicker, UTG with better two pair). SB gets back more than four times the chips he started the hand with.

HAND 1550/1009KA
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33UTGK3T96.7K29/0
18UTG14JJ44.6K21/070/094/0
14HJ72653.2K9/17
4COJ5Q43.8K27/6
23D28K73.5K7/0
21SB82538.7K1/365/361/14
6BB845T10.5K11/625/65/1

I don’t have much of a shot at the high pot, but I’m in good shape for a low, so I’m one of three players limping in. UTG1 opens to 300 on the flop, BB and I don’t like the looks of the board, and we fold.

HAND 1650/100K4TK3
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33BB8J796.7K8/010/05/000
18UTGA7T64.8K15/921/1229/350100
14UTG139Q93.2K12/024/011/0150
4HJT5523.8K27/8
23COA73J3.5K20/2327/269/1050
21D7Q848.6K10/1
6SB82AQ10.4K13/2219/2548/11300

Everyone limps but HJ and me. Everyone left checks the flop and turn. UTG makes a tentative bet on the river of 100 and wins the pot.

HAND 1750/100Q84T5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33SBJ8K96.6K22/0
18BB3T765.2K19/836/1031/16
14UTGQ6KA3.1K13/932/123/703/795/550/100
4UTG1TK873.8K14/0
21HJK64A8.6K10/4818/523/70
37CO285J5K20/7
6D4JA410.3K12/3621/3766/297/595/0100/0

UTG1 folds. The new player in CO is disconnected and folded. SB folds. D flops a set of fours, upending the high pot percentages. He opens on the flop to 225 and only gets a call from UTG, who has the same low draw as I do but probably thinks his queen is good. BB picks up a Broadway draw on the turn and bets 100, then calls D’s raise to 400. They both check the river and split the pot.

HAND 1860/12072J
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33DTJ476.5K12/0
18SB5Q855.1K25/0
14BB8K4A3.2K11/0
4UTG96TK3.8K25/0
21UTG132638.5K11/2745/2836/19
37HJJ73T5K11/3
6COKAJ310.4K20/3856/3864/57

I limp in and CO pots to 360. I call and we see the flop HU. The flop counterfeits my lowest card, I don’t have a good draw and I check-fold to a bet of 450.

HAND 1960/1209A2T5
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33CO694J6.5K10/7
18DA5975.0K11/13
14SB47833.1K7/26
4BBA5J23.8K14/3128/3264/1
21UTG4T3Q8.2K23/2539/2621/5746/5790/35100/100
37UTG1T88Q5K23/043/017/071/075/00/0
6HJ7JKT10.9K20/0

UTG1 raises to 540 and I come along. BB is in. UTG1 bets two pair on the flop, BB folds, and I call with the wheel draw. We’ve got a decent chance of a chop, but I’ve got a slight edge on the high pot. I bet 5K on the river when I make the wheel and UTG1 has to go all-in for 2.8K to call, and with just a pair, but he does, I scoop the pot, and get a bounty for knocking him out in 29th place.

HAND 2060/12058249
PLAYERPOSITIONCARDSCHIPSSTARTPRE-FLOPPOST-FLOPPRE-TURNPOST-TURNPRE-RIVERRIVER
33HJTA496.5K9/2611/2717/8617/860/92
18CO9TK95.0K18/021/08/0
14DJ8743.0K21/5
4SB22863.2K21/1424/1638/042/063/063/0100/0
21BBT5AQ13.8K23/1426/146/146/140/920/920/100
6UTG358J10.9K19/1127/1235/1435/1437/837/80/0

Everyone limps except for D. There’s a little bit of something for nearly everyone on the flop: HJ gets the second nut low, as well as a wheel draw, SB has a set of deuces, UTG has top two pair and a flush draw. UTG bets 120 and gets three of the other four to call. UTG makes a min-bet on the turn, and gets HJ to fold, with no effect except to keep me from getting quartered. Co made the correct fold on the flop, but would have won on the river. Instead, I chop the pot with SB.

Summary

My VPIP in Omaha—and I suspect this is true of many other players—is far higher than it is in Holdem. Many more limps and calls, far fewer pre-flop raises. I know for sure that my PFR% in Omaha is less than most other Omaha players as well.

In the early stages of this game, I played 15 of 20 hands, for a VPIP of 15%. I did not raise a single hand pre-flop. I won the first hand without a showdown and then none thereafter. I went to showdown 5 times (25%), winning the high three of those times (60%), taking the low four times (80%), and winning portions of both pots three times (60%).

One quarter of the high pot winners had a suited ace. Another quarter had pocket tens or better (none had aces). Five of the high pot winners had three or more cards that were low-qualified (8 or less, including aces). Three of the winning high hands had pocket pairs below tens.

Check back Thursday for Hands 21-40!