Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Taking a closer look

With a transition from NL to PLO I feel almost like I’m starting over again. I was doing well at the PLO table, holding my own, making a little cash, but nothing spectacular. Then I started getting slaughtered by draws and boats on the river. Initially, I thought I was getting sucked out on by calling stations, which may be partly the case; yet on closer inspection of the hands, I now see the warning signs of such draws and, believing that nobody in their right mind would call continuing pot-sized bets (Hell, I've done it myself, so who am I to criticize?), I just plain missed them. I’m not going to go into detail right now because I want to try something first. I suspect I need to be more aggressive preflop, meaning forgo the trapping strategy that I have been using to gently enter this arena.

OK. An update:

I went back to PLO this early evening, bought in for $5. And then this: (Note that I did not raise preflop.)
PokerStars Game #22194724160:  Omaha Pot Limit ($0.01/$0.02)
Table 'Skiff III' 6-max Seat #6 is the button
Seat 1: bastinptc ($14.76 in chips)

See? I was doing quite well!

Seat 3: AerialSharon ($3.34 in chips)
Seat 4: Nikkisyxxx ($5.15 in chips)
Seat 6: QuadsofAces ($9.10 in chips)
bastinptc: posts small blind $0.01
AerialSharon: posts big blind $0.02
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to bastinptc [Jc Ac 9c Js]
Nikkisyxxx: calls $0.02
max-dna-max leaves the table
QuadsofAces: raises $0.04 to $0.06
Nikkisyxxx said, "whats wrong quads ..."
bastinptc: calls $0.05
AerialSharon: folds
Nikkisyxxx: calls $0.04
*** FLOP *** [Jd 5h 6s]
bastinptc: bets $0.20
Nikkisyxxx: folds
QuadsofAces: raises $0.60 to $0.80
bastinptc: raises $1.80 to $2.60
QuadsofAces: calls $1.80
*** TURN *** [Jd 5h 6s] [Ah]
bastinptc: bets $3.12
QuadsofAces: calls $3.12
*** RIVER *** [Jd 5h 6s Ah] [4s]
bastinptc: bets $8.22
QuadsofAces: calls $3.32 and is all-in
Uncalled bet ($4.90) returned to bastinptc
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bastinptc: shows [Jc Ac 9c Js] (three of a kind, Jacks)
QuadsofAces: shows [2h 8h 7s 4d] (a straight, Four to
QuadsofAces collected $17.43 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $18.28 | Rake $0.85
Board [Jd 5h 6s Ah 4s]
Seat 1: bastinptc (small blind) showed [Jc Ac 9c Js]
and lost with three of a kind,
Seat 3: AerialSharon (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 4: Nikkisyxxx folded on the Flop
Seat 6: QuadsofAces (button) showed [2h 8h 7s 4d]
and won ($17.43) with a straight,
Four to Eight

This guy was playing a high variance game, bluffing
with air on the river, etc. He had already given me
about $5.


Anonymous said...

Hey man.Played with you last night...Nikkisyxxx here...just thought i'd throw my two cents in regarding your frustration at being sucked out etc... on micro plo.I have no experience playing any higher than .02/.04 except when on tilt!I have played alot of 6 max and HU (Highest on regular basis $5)sng's over past two years though,so seen alot of hands,relatively few compared to many though i'm sure. Problem I had with raising pf is that it doesn't really deter many people at all in limit games,so not sure if raising would solve your problem. I find a good read works better,i got better reading as i gained more experience,perhaps this will work for you too. Making bad calls too when you know you're beat/been sucked out on helps...human frailty and ego perhaps gets in our way here!Save more moneywhen nothing you can do to get people to lay down.Not that I listen to pro's much, but I once heard one say that plo teaches people the value of flops, this helped me greatly to improve my perspective on my own and others' games too. Anyway, best of luck at tables (Irish Luck - the best kind). Maybe see you around again.

p.s. my suspicions regarding that guy Quads were confirmed,he turned out to be an asshole and drunk. No doubt gaining perverse pleasure from his behaviour, he became quite more obnoxious and childish after you left.

bastinptc said...

Thanks for checking out my blog and for the insight. I am certain we will run into each other again, for I am going to either beat this PLO game or go broke trying (furthered my way to the latter some more last night).