Friday, June 5, 2009

"Keep pushing, Sport"

That’s what I told the most aggressive player at the table after this hand:

PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, $0.02 BB (8 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

UTG+1 ($5.36)
MP1 ($2.03)
MP2 ($2.10)
CO ($3.71)
Hero (Button) ($2.78)
SB ($2.82)
BB ($4.11)
UTG ($0.98)

Preflop: Hero is Button with 2, Q, 4, K

UTG calls $0.02, UTG+1 calls $0.02, 1 fold, MP2 calls $0.02, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.02, SB calls $0.01, BB checks

Flop: ($0.12) 10, 6, 7 (6 players)

SB checks, BB checks, UTG checks, UTG+1 bets $0.12, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.12, 3 folds

Turn: ($0.36) 8 (2 players)

UTG+1 bets $0.36, Hero calls $0.36

River: ($1.08) 3 (2 players)

UTG+1 bets $1.03, Hero calls $1.03

Total pot: $3.14 | Rake: $0.15


Hero had 2, Q, 4, K (Hi: flush, seven high, Lo: [ 7, 6, 4, 3, 2 ]).

UTG+1 had J, 7, 8, 9 (Hi: straight, Jack high).

Outcome: Hero won $2.99

That’s right, a little PLO Hi/Lo. I’ve barely one fifth of Hwang’s section on the game, yet when I went to play a little pokaaaa tonight, I couldn’t bring myself to play my regular PLO game, nor venture into NLHE. That leaves me with very few choices in that I have played very little else.

I took it slow at first, or rather after the first hand when I raised my set of jacks against a Broadway. Then I spaced that the game is eight or less on a sizable pot, but then I settled in. I did.

On the above hand I figured I had the low, and if lucky, the only one to be drawing to a flush. The guy had been pushing, pushing, pushing, raising preflop every other hand and firing bullets thereafter, so I discounted his holdings, to which he replied “bs.” I thought I might twist it in a little with my response, and it worked. He came after me.

PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, $0.02 BB (9 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from

Button ($3.64)
SB ($3.09)
BB ($1.98)
UTG ($2.21)
UTG+1 ($1.12)
Hero (MP1) ($4.14)
MP2 ($2.77)
MP3 ($4.02)
CO ($0.96)

Preflop: Hero is MP1 with 2, 5, A, 4

Can it get much better than this? Yes, but I'll take it, and push my one and only time in the session.

1 fold, UTG+1 bets $0.04, Hero raises to $0.15, 3 folds, Button calls $0.15, SB calls $0.14, 1 fold, UTG+1 calls $0.11

Flop: ($0.62) A, 8, 10 (4 players)

SB bets $0.12, 1 fold, Hero calls $0.12, 1 fold

Turn: ($0.86) 4 (2 players)

SB bets $0.86, Hero calls $0.86

Perhaps my only mistake in the hand was not re-raising here, but I'm so new to this game, and therefore cautious, I preferred to see the river.

River: ($2.58) 2 (2 players)

SB checks, Hero bets $2.48, 1 fold

Total pot: $2.58 | Rake: $0.10


Hero didn't show 2, 5, A, 4 (nothing).

Outcome: Hero won $2.48

I suppose I could have value bet the river, yet I thought that perhaps he wouldn't be able to help himself if he had more than a busted flush draw.


Crash said...

I detect an added note of enjoyment in your post. This is what your friends (and I, too) have been telling you. Now I have to start in on you about Stud 8. Adds the requirement to keep track of everyone's up cards, even after they fold them. Anyway, glad you had fun.

Memphis MOJO said...

I just noticed --- hi/low!!