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:
- Without antes, you have more time to wait for the right hand.
- More people into the pot preflop amplifies the effect for short stacks who win the pot.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.