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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!