Bovada $500 PLO8 Bounty
The tournament is in the money and down to the last six players. I’ve been hanging on as player 21 for 40 hands not in the 10BB or less range. 11BB is the chip average right now. Believe it or not, but in two hands I’m going to be the chip leader.
The big stack in UTG1 limps in with double-suited cards and a low three-card straight, I come along with a middle three-card. SB has a single-suited pair of kings, BB doesn’t have to do anything with three Broadway cards including a suited king. I’m the only person left out on the flop: SB picks up the second nut flush, BB has the nut low, and UTG1 has outs to a full house and draws to chop the low.
SB shoves for 6.5K after the flop, BB raises to 13K, and UTG1 and I fold. Once we’re out of the way, it’s a simple chop no matter what happens.
UTG calls with double-suited kings and I come along with a four-card straight in HJ. SB calls and BB checks. Going into the flop, I’m the only player with a low draw. The blinds check the flop, but UTG has second-nut flush draw and bets 20K. I shove my bottom-two pair for another 9.2K and UTG and I are HU for the turn. Another five brings his outs down to the last king in the deck, but a river six works for me. After ruling the roost for a while, he’s back in the mix with the rest of us, actually down in third place for the moment.
I’m UTG and chip leader by a small amount. I’ve got three Broadway cards and a suited ace and limp in. CO has three wheel cards, SB has some garbage to bring along, and BB checks. Everyone checks the flop. SB has the best chance for the high pot with the flush draw and middle pair, but I have top pair.
The turn gives me top two pair and ruins CO’s chance for a low (but makes top and bottom pair for him) SB has low and Broadway draws, BB’s got the best low draw, as well as a gut-shot straight draw. Everyone checks again.
The river counterfeits one of SB’s two low cards, leaving BB with the best low of 7653A. My two pair is still good for the high. I bet 20K and CO calls, maybe thinking his A3 is good or misreading the low. Both the blinds fold, so BB misses out on the low half of the pot and half the bounty. I take the whole thing. Player 6 is out in 6th place.
SB limps in with single-suited queens, min-bets the flop, and takes the hand
CO pots to 21K with single-suited aces and wins the pot.
I’m the first limper as D, with a suited ace, the nut low draw and four low cards. SB has almost the exact same hand, just one worse rank on the top end. He limps. BB checks with garbage. Everyone checks the flop but SB’s hand is far better with the flush draw. SB bets 9K on the turn, folding out BB, who has the best hand at the moment (which he can’t possibly expect). I make the call, violating one of the dictums of PLO8: never draw for half the pot. SB bets 18K on the river and I lay down. Holdem players may think that was a bad laydown, but this is Omaha, and SB had me beat witih AKK84 v my AKK74: two cards from the hand must play, and in this case what was a worse card for making lows would have made all the difference if I’d called.
I limp in with my queens from CO and go heads-up with BB, who’s double-suited. BB check-folds the flop when I bet 15K.
SB attacks the BB with a raise to 18K and gets a fold.
CO pots to 21K with a double-suited hand and less than 5K behind. I min-raise to 36K from BB and he calls all-in. It’s speculative on my part, but if a low comes with an ace, my three-card straight has a good chance of catching. The paired flop is even better. Neither of us have a heart draw, he needs a backdoor something to survive. There’s a little hope for him on the turn for a low, but I scoop when the river comes and get the bounty for player 39, out in 5th place.
I limp into the hand from SB and BB pops it up to 18K with the low draw. I call. Neither of us bet the flop or turn, and we check the river. I probably could have bet the turn when I was ahead, but I was leery of the nines.
SB opens to 12K and BB folds.
I raise from UTG to 21K and everyone folds.
SB limps into the hand. I check from BB, then bet 12K on the flop with trips to forstall any flush draws and get a fold.
UTG raises to 21K with a pair and some cards in the middle. D makes the call. About half of UTG’s stack is in. The rest of UTG’s stack goes in on the flop (I kind of wish I had my cards back) and D calls. They split the blinds and make a few chips each.
Blinds are up again and only two of us are above 10BB. UTG folds, I pot from D to 28K with a suited ace, and the blinds fold.
I fold UTG and D raises to 16K with a good low draw. I think if I was him I might have committed to the full pot (28K), as that would have forced either of the players in the blind to commit fully to the hand or fold. Instead, SB folds and BB just calls. The flop gives BB a flush draw, top pair, and a potential low, though he doesn’t know how good (or if) D has a low. D’s wrapped around the low cards with the possibility for a wheel. He makes the pot bet here for 36K, and BB runs with it, shoving to 41.4K. D has to make the call. D misses everything. BB doesn’t get his flush, but just the ace is good enough, and he scoops the pot.
I get a walk in BB.
UTG makes a move with a pair of threes, potting to 28K, with less than 1BB back. I have a suited ace and the nut low draw and re-pot to 92K. UTG and I are HU to the flop after he puts in his last chips. I flop the low end of the wheel, but the five I need makes a higher straight for UTG, who’s made a set. That comes on the turn, I’ve got the wheel for the low and UTG takes the high with the straight to the seven.
I raise from D to 28K with a suited ace and nut low draw, BB goes all in with kings, and I call. BB makes two pair without the kings on the flop. The turn pairs my ace but gives him a flush draw reducing my chances of making a winning two pair or straight. The river is safe, and we chop the small blind.
Blind-on-blind action. SB raises to 24K with fives and a suited ace. BB re-raises to 72K with a suited ace and slightly better low draw. SB goes all-in to call. The four on the flop reverses the roles of the two players, double-pairing BB and giving SB a shot at the low. They split the pot.
VPIP at this stage of the tournament is skewed because the table is short-handed and you necessarily have to play more hands. I’m holding at 50% through these hands, making three more pre-flop raises. My overall PFR is up to 8%, after sticking at 0 for the first 75 hands. Six of my hands went to showdown in this group, and I won the high pots in five of them, losing only one. I took three hands without a showdown.
My showdown hands were the only hands that went to showdown (not surprising, considering the small number of players left; at least two of us need to be in it for a showdown). There were lows on four of the showdowns. Again, the predominant factor in winning hands was a suited ace (7 in high hands, 4 in low hands). That doesn’t mean they won because of the suited ace, but hands where the player got involved and won had the suited ace. It could mean they decided to play the hand, call a bet, whatever.
Five hands had high pairs. Nine of the winning high hands had three or more low-qualified cards (including an ace).
I was planning to publish the next (and final) batch of hands Sunday, but I’m going to hold off until Monday. Duty calls!