May 21, 2010

Free PLO Coaching

So, as I posted in the PLO forum, I’m offering five DC posters two free 1-hour coaching sessions.

Trainee Profile:

- Is an active DC PLO forum participant, currently playing 5 - 50 PLO 6-max.

- Continuously asks questions to improve his game.

If interested, please PM me the following information before June 1st:

a) how many PLO hands you have played and at which stakes.

b) past coaching sessions.

c) specific concepts you’d like to discuss.

Thanks for participating!


Posted By orestto at 01:20 AM


Tags: coaching plo

May 17, 2010

HH Review PLO

So a few days ago a fellow DC member shipped me some hands he played to analyze. Last time we did it by e-mail, but it doesn’t work that great because of the formatting and discussion flow problems. So, I proposed we try out the Hand Converter thing at DC. It was definitely much more easier to read the hands and the notes. The only problem is any note is anonymous. I guess you can write your own name after the note. You also can’t edit or delete them (I double-posted a note).

Anyway, here are the hands I reviewed and their notes. Chime in if you want to add something.

May has been going well. I’ve been studying a bunch and my game likely has improved. I got a month of access to BFP through my rakeback reward system so I’ve been watching Phil Galfond’s videos. They’re really good, I’ve been taking a bunch of notes. I’ve also been watching some good PLO videos at CR. Wish there were more PLO videos at DC (one per week isn’t enough for us full-time PLOers!) Anyway, I’ll be giving something away for free in my next blog post, so see you then.

Good luck!

Posted By orestto at 08:34 AM


May 07, 2010

50PLO. Ship the 560 bb pot.

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

MP: $106.05
CO: $234.45
Hero (BTN): $141.55
SB: $24.95
BB: $50.00
UTG: $60.40

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN with 6 Spade 9 Spade 8 Heart 6 Heart
2 folds, CO raises to $1.75, Hero calls $1.75, 2 folds

Flop: ($4.25) 7 Spade 4 Spade T Diamond (2 players)
CO bets $4.25, Hero raises to $12, CO raises to $40.25, Hero calls $28.25

Turn: ($84.75) 5 Heart (2 players)
CO bets $84.75, Hero raises to $99.55 all in, CO calls $14.80

River: ($283.85) 5 Diamond (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $283.85
CO shows 5 Spade K Spade A Diamond A Club (three of a kind, Fives)
Hero shows 6 Spade 9 Spade 8 Heart 6 Heart (a straight, Eight high)
Hero wins $280.85
(Rake: $3.00)

This hand just came up a few minutes ago, and I wanted to share it with you guys. Pre-flop I know our hand is marginal but I won’t easily pass up an opportunity to play a pot in position this deep. The flop hits us pretty well but I’m a bit concerned when our opponent pots it into us.

With 100 bbs I think when we raise the flop our opponent gets to decide if he wants to play for stacks or not. We will probably have to call a shove after we raise because of all the money in the pot, although I wouldn’t ever expect us to be ahead. I guess that’s an innate structural problem to this hand and that’s why it may not be worth to play that often with 100 bbs.

With 200 bbs I think we can also raise the flop, although I would still flat sometimes with out actual hand because of the 66s (I’d still raise with Ts98*s). This is because if he raises we have to put in about half our remaining stack and are probably committed to playing for stacks, or we forfeit our considerable equity. And I would expect his 3bet on the flop to be significantly stronger than with 100 bbs.

At 300 bbs deep though, I think raising the flop is again clearly correct because even if he 3bet-pots it we can call and have more than 1 PSB left on the turn to decide if we want to stack off. It puts him in a very difficult spot on a lot of turns that improve my raise-flat range on the flop and for that same reason he shouldn’t be able to 3bet on the flop a huge part of his range. We also kind of NEED to raise on the flop to start building a pot in position.


Posted By orestto at 12:57 AM


Tags: plo

April 28, 2010

Poker and Movies

So, today was very swingy. I think I wasn’t playing optimally but I’m pretty sure I lost more flips than what I won. The river was pretty brutal as well, I got overset/overboat a few times and the board seemed to pair a lot when I had a straight or flush. Fortunately most opponents checked to me and I didn’t lose that much money calling off bets. Can’t complain though, I’m still up more than 1k in the last 10 days and I haven’t been playing that much.

I saw two good movies this time when I was in Austin. I saw Kickass at the cinema, which was enjoyable. I also saw a movie by the same director called Layer Cake. Now that movie is the shit. Also good ones I’ve seen these last couple of months: Old Boy, The Fall, Leon The Professional. It’s not often I watch action or drama movies, but these ones were pretty good. 90% of my DVDs are comedy. Oh, I also read where Kenny Powers is going in the 2nd season of Eastbound and Down. Man, I can’t wait for that to start.

Anyway, GL to all and see you in the forums.

Posted By orestto at 07:53 AM


Tags: plo movies

April 20, 2010

2010 so far.

2010 has been kind of intense for me. I haven’t played that much poker, although Rush PLO is certainly helpful to put in volume. I started doing some other stuff for a while but I’m back to poker for now. My main priorities right now are play poker and finish my Law School thesis. Hopefully I will be able to write about the legal issues of playing online poker in Mexico. I’ve been going to Austin, Texas twice a month since January and I’m planning on moving there by next year. That city is the balls. Great music, great vibe. And they actually have some delicious tacos there.

So, basically…I’M BACK! Here’s a hand I played today which I thought was slightly interesting.

Full Tilt Poker $0.25/$0.50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 6 players
The Official Hand History Converter

MP: $59.40
CO: $63.70
BTN: $50.70
Hero (SB): $83.70
BB: $29.30
UTG: $55.25

Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is SB with K Spade K Diamond Q Heart J Spade
4 folds, Hero raises to $1.50, BB calls $1

Flop: ($3.00) 6 Spade J Heart K Heart (2 players)
Hero bets $2.50, BB calls $2.50

Turn: ($8.00) 5 Diamond (2 players)
Hero checks, BB bets $8, Hero raises to $32, BB calls $17.30 all in

River: ($58.60) T Heart (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $58.60
Hero shows K Spade K Diamond Q Heart J Spade (three of a kind, Kings)

I think betting the turn here isn’t great (especially if we had been 100 bbs). He’s most likely not folding anything he called on the flop and now any 4,5,7,9,T,Q,A makes a straight and any heart completes the flush. That means most of the time when we bet the turn and get called, on the river there’ll be $24 in the pot and our opponent will have $17 in his stack. That means that very often we’ll have to check-guess, which leads to mistakes. At 100 bb, there would be $24 in the pot and $37 in our opponent’s stack.

When we check the turn, we give him a chance of betting, allowing us to get all the money in now and avoid the costly river mistake. When we check and he checks behind, we give our opponent free card, but the most expensive mistake we’ll make on the river is going to be worth only $8. Of course, this also strengthens our c-bet, check turn range which is great for obvious reasons. Thoughts? At 100 bbs we could get all but $7.50 on the turn, which I guess makes me want to bet bigger on the flop.

How should we play this hand if we were 200 bbs deep? Check-raising the turn isn’t that great now because the river situation when called is basically the same but for a bunch of more money. I think we’d have to barrel the turn and basically hope he raises and we can get it in, or be resigned to have the river be $24 and have to make a tough decision there. That doesn’t make much sense to me though, but neither would check-calling the turn.

Posted By orestto at 05:58 AM


Tags: plo

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