Tiring of the .01/.02 slog, and the pain of three buy-ins lost the last time there, I've moved up to my old haunting grounds, the .05/.10 PLO game. A lot of old and new avatars. The villain in this hand has had my attention the last couple days as he is aggressive, yet doesn't seem to be winning.
PokerStars Pot-Limit Omaha, $0.10 BB (9 handed) - Poker-Stars Converter Tool from FlopTurnRiver.com
Hero (BB) ($10)
Preflop: Hero is BB with 5, Q, Q, 6
2 folds, MP1 calls $0.10, 1 fold, MP3 calls $0.10, CO calls $0.10, 1 fold, SB calls $0.05, Hero checks
Facing a raise from the field, I would likely fold this hand. Lately I have been experimenting with defending my blinds but that hasn't been working out too well. The only way I might play a hand like this is if it is double suited. Yet, I get to see a free flop, so...
Flop: ($0.50) Q, 10, 5 (5 players)
SB checks, Hero bets $0.50, 1 fold, MP3 calls $0.50, CO raises to $2.50, 1 fold, Hero calls $2, 1 fold
This betting sequence I find extremely interesting. There is no hand that the CO can have that is better than mine, so the only thing I can assume is that he has one helluva draw. I'm not quite ready to put it all in yet. If the turn brings a club or a Broadway card, I'm gone.
Turn: ($6) 4 (2 players)
Hero bets $5.70, CO raises to $6.70 (All-In), Hero calls $1
What in God's name could he have that is so appealing and he is obviously behind? The last buck is easy. If he hits, so be it at this point.
River: ($19.40) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)
Total pot: $19.40 | Rake: $0.95
This is a 60/40 hand in my favor on the flop. With my set on the flop it becomes 67/33. One of the difficult aspects of PLO is getting people off of draws heads up when they typically maintain 2:1 odds. I am a 4:1 favorite on the turn, which makes absolute sense. The river is just sick. (See below.)
Hero had 5, Q, Q, 6 (full house, Queens over fours).
CO had 10, 10, A, 4 (full house, tens over fours).
Outcome: Hero won $18.45