January 21, 2014

Some more good sessions

http://i.imgur.com/ljyNFGt.png

In a really good zone for poker atm, although volume is a little low last week or so. Most of my winnings comes from HU that I should be playing a lot more of that, but I get a bit gunshy sometimes because I lost for a long period last month at HU. 

Moving out into a flat tomorrow so might not be able to play for a while, but it will be interesting how this affects my motivation in the future.

Another thought I randomly had was why is limit always 1/1/2/2 bet sizing? I would like to see different types of bet sizing, like 1/2/3/4 or 1/2/4/8 to see how that would affect the game.

Posted By Schweig at 04:37 AM

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January 09, 2014

good start to 2014

http://i.imgur.com/lrL0NZW.png

All hands at 200plo zoom HU and 6max. I feel I've been playing well while running well. 

Someone asked me recently where exactly the money comes from in PLO. They said they weren't sure what an overall strategy even looks like. I think I'm getting more of a grasp of this in PLO and it simple comes down to how the big bets fly in, and requires getting paid on hands, and playing hands pre in order to set up situations where you are in a dominating situation to get value.

I feel everyone's overall strategy is running against that. They are essentially gambling for no real reason, setting up bad situations for there stacks because they are not conditioned to fold, and because they are not thinking that way. 

Posted By Schweig at 01:17 AM

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December 16, 2013

Back in bizness

Started sitting at 30/60 TD again and I've had a fair bit of action. Must be up about $20k over a few days, and made some adjustments to my default strategy that has been working very well so far. This is huge for me because my TD confidence had sunk really low having been beat up by various people in the past, and I've pinpointed the things I was doing that led to that.
PLO has been varied this month. I've had a few bad HU sessions where I lost control against bad players, where I lost way more than I should have. I'm up $5k in PLO but a lot of that is running over EV, and I could be up a lot more but I didn't lose the minimum when running bad. Going to take it slowly, relying on infrequent Triple Draw action for now. 

Posted By Schweig at 03:49 AM

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November 26, 2013

More hands

Up $4.3k today in 4 hours playing HU zoom - it's pretty damn lucrative. Here are some more hands

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2365158
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BTN/SB: $498.56
Hero (BB): $818.13

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with K of clubs 4 of hearts A of spades Q of clubs
BTN/SB raises to $6, Hero raises to $18, BTN/SB raises to $54, Hero calls $36

Flop: ($108.00) 7 of clubs 6 of diamonds 4 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB checks

Turn: ($108.00) J of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $74, BTN/SB calls $74

River: ($256.00) 5 of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $184, BTN/SB raises to $370.56 all in, Hero calls $186.56

Final Pot: $997.12
BTN/SB shows 8 of diamonds A of clubs 3 of spades A of hearts (a pair of Aces)
Hero shows K of clubs 4 of hearts A of spades Q of clubs (a flush, King high)
Hero wins $996.62
(Rake: $0.50)

His bare ace bluff is just pretty hilarious given he checked back flop. 



Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2365160
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BTN/SB: $333.73
Hero (BB): $617.10

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with 2 of spades K of hearts 9 of diamonds J of diamonds
BTN/SB raises to $4, Hero calls $2

Flop: ($8.00) 2 of diamonds J of spades 3 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $5.73, Hero raises to $20, BTN/SB raises to $60, Hero calls $40

Turn: ($128.00) Q of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $89, Hero raises to $394.50, BTN/SB folds

Final Pot: $306.00
Hero mucks 2 of spades K of hearts 9 of diamonds J of diamonds
Hero wins $305.50
(Rake: $0.50)

I decided this was the best way to play it because he 3bets flop quite wide but if I 4-bet I might only get it in vs sets and strong draws. I peeled to disguise my hand a little bit and guarantee a bet on the turn on most cards. He folded on the turn which was super great because he probably had some equity and he was getting like 3:1.



Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2365161
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Hero (BTN/SB): $1294.31
BB: $471.85

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with A of diamonds 9 of diamonds 2 of hearts J of diamonds
Hero raises to $6, BB calls $4

Flop: ($12.00) 5 of clubs Q of diamonds T of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $8, BB calls $8

Turn: ($28.00) Q of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $20, BB raises to $64, Hero calls $44

River: ($156.00) T of hearts(2 players)
BB bets $69.97, Hero raises to $192, BB folds

Final Pot: $295.94
Hero mucks A of diamonds 9 of diamonds 2 of hearts J of diamonds
Hero wins $295.44
(Rake: $0.50)

I decided to run this bluff because I just didn't believe he had anything on the turn - he would c/c a lot of his bare Qs and probably c/r TT, QT on the flop, plus it's just not that likely. This is pretty credibly from me and even if he had a Q he would have to crying fold with our history. 

Posted By Schweig at 01:32 AM

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November 25, 2013

HU PLO zoom is great

HU PLO zoom is great. Although the fast fold thing doesn't really apply, the communal player pool does. I mean, it's just regular HU PLO where you can get constant action vs bad regs and fish. Although there's only ever 5 or so other players at it, it ends up being pretty lucrative for me.

Some big hands:

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364799
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Hero (BTN/SB): $436.00
BB: $426.75

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with T of clubs 5 of clubs A of hearts A of spades
Hero raises to $6, BB raises to $18, Hero raises to $54, BB calls $36

Flop: ($108.00) 8 of clubs A of clubs 7 of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $56, BB calls $56

Turn: ($220.00) 7 of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $88, BB calls $88

River: ($396.00) T of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $238 all in, BB calls $228.75 all in

Final Pot: $853.50
Hero shows T of clubs 5 of clubs A of hearts A of spades (a full house, Aces full of Sevens)
BB shows A of diamonds K of spades 8 of spades 6 of diamonds (two pair, Aces and Eights)
Hero wins $853.00
(Rake: $0.50)

Somewhat a cooler but I just wanted to point out the bet sizing is what I call douchey bets. I love making them all the time now in already large pots and they make my bluffs super cheap. And arguably he should fold to 4bet pre against unknown 4betting range, and not get into a guessing game in a 50bb pot flop


Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364800
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Hero (BTN/SB): $1124.07
BB: $314.38

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with 8 of hearts T of clubs K of hearts T of spades
Hero raises to $6, BB calls $4

Flop: ($12.00) T of hearts 3 of spades 5 of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $8, BB calls $8

Turn: ($28.00) 3 of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $18, BB raises to $66.89, Hero calls $48.89

River: ($161.78) T of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $138, Hero raises to $276, BB calls $95.49 all in

Final Pot: $628.76
Hero shows 8 of hearts T of clubs K of hearts T of spades (four of a kind, Tens)
BB shows K of spades 3 of clubs 2 of spades 5 of clubs (a full house, Threes full of Fives)
Hero wins $628.26
(Rake: $0.50)

Again pretty good cooler, though hard for him to get paid with 35 there with turn c/r because it's not a card people (can) rep so against an unknown I fold a lot of hands on the turn, especially to what looks like value-y sizing. Anyway I feel he put himself in a spot to lose 100bb more (loses a lot to TT, T3, 55) by checkraising than if he c/c without much up side (can get paid by A3xx if it bricks river)


Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364804
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BTN/SB: $455.50
Hero (BB): $244.28

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with 3 of hearts 5 of hearts Q of diamonds A of clubs
BTN/SB raises to $4.68, Hero calls $2.68

Flop: ($9.36) 3 of clubs 3 of diamonds K of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $6.88, Hero calls $6.88

Turn: ($23.12) 6 of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $21.03, Hero calls $21.03

River: ($65.18) A of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $60.15, Hero raises to $211.69 all in, BTN/SB calls $151.54

Final Pot: $488.56
BTN/SB shows 4 of hearts K of spades T of hearts K of diamonds (a full house, Kings full of Threes)
Hero shows 3 of hearts 5 of hearts Q of diamonds A of clubs (a full house, Threes full of Aces)
BTN/SB wins $488.06
(Rake: $0.50)

This guy had been 2-barrelling and 3-barrelling wide and this size so I am more happy with this river c/s than vs most people, but still not that keen really. I lose to KK AA 66 but beat K3 63 Q high hearts, but it's unlikely hearts will call, 63 and K3 may fold. If it's just K3 that's calling then it's a pretty bad shove because there are less K3's than 66's, KK's, AA's left. Anyway I prefer calling in hindsight

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364808
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BTN/SB: $713.78
Hero (BB): $383.26

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with 4 of clubs 8 of clubs 5 of clubs 6 of diamonds
BTN/SB raises to $5.78, Hero calls $3.78

Flop: ($11.56) 4 of spades 7 of hearts 6 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $8.51, Hero calls $8.51

Turn: ($28.58) 3 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $26.11, Hero raises to $78, BTN/SB calls $51.89

River: ($184.58) J of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $130, BTN/SB calls $130

Final Pot: $444.58
BTN/SB mucks 5 of spades 3 of diamonds 3 of hearts Q of spades
Hero shows 4 of clubs 8 of clubs 5 of clubs 6 of diamonds (a straight, Four to Eight)
Hero wins $444.08
(Rake: $0.50)

I like the way I played this hand. I like to c/c flop a lot and check turn now with strong hands, either c/cing again or c/r-ing depending on board texture. River bet I could've potted but I think a 130 is literally always getting called by a 5 and probably some other hands too.

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364812
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Hero (BTN/SB): $222.00
BB: $608.25

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with J of clubs J of hearts Q of clubs Q of spades
Hero raises to $6, BB calls $4

Flop: ($12.00) 8 of clubs J of diamonds 6 of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $8, BB raises to $30, Hero raises to $74, BB calls $44

Turn: ($160.00) 5 of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $159.50, Hero calls $142 all in

River: ($444.00) J of spades(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $444.00
Hero shows J of clubs J of hearts Q of clubs Q of spades (four of a kind, Jacks)
BB shows 7 of spades 9 of spades 8 of spades Q of diamonds (a straight, Five to Nine)
Hero wins $443.50
(Rake: $0.50)

The small flop 3bet is kinda just a token raise. It really only needs to be big enough to get it in on the turn because I don't mind a lot of hands peeling really because they will then just end up having to call turn or fold equity. Generally it's a just annoying to be small 3bet, so if the board is rainbow it's usually a chance to do it. I could flat easily but I just thought he was always continuing a lot rather than c/r-folding based on raise size.


Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364813
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Hero (BTN/SB): $417.88
BB: $209.54

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with A of diamonds A of spades Q of diamonds Q of hearts
Hero raises to $6, BB calls $4

Flop: ($12.00) 3 of spades Q of clubs 7 of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $8, BB raises to $33.57, Hero calls $25.57

Turn: ($79.14) T of spades(2 players)
BB bets $60.55, Hero raises to $260.29, BB calls $109.42 all in

River: ($419.08) K of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $419.08
Hero shows A of diamonds A of spades Q of diamonds Q of hearts (three of a kind, Queens)
BB shows 6 of spades 9 of hearts 7 of clubs Q of spades (two pair, Queens and Sevens)
Hero wins $418.58
(Rake: $0.50)

This one I decided to flat because there are way less nut changing turn cards, just the 3, 4 and 5 as opposed to 4,5,7,9,Q, that it becomes pretty clear to peel. Not only does it make it harder for him to improve, it also makes it harder for me to look like I've definitely improved on the turn this hand. If the turn comes 3, 4 or 5 he will still not slow down with a bunch of two pairs, worse sets, while most of the straight cards will definitely cause him to slow down in the first one.

It's also very hard for him to c/r/c as many hands (even though I do think he is planning to continue based on his tight c/r range, but I'd like to keep air in as much as poss).


Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2364815
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BTN/SB: $485.99
Hero (BB): $1533.19

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BB with 5 of hearts Q of spades T of hearts A of spades
BTN/SB raises to $4, Hero raises to $12, BTN/SB calls $8

Flop: ($24.00) 9 of spades 4 of spades 8 of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $14, BTN/SB calls $14

Turn: ($52.00) 8 of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $30, BTN/SB calls $30

River: ($112.00) 7 of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $111.50, BTN/SB raises to $418, Hero folds

Final Pot: $335.00
BTN/SB wins $334.50
(Rake: $0.50)

I think going for 3 streets is probably best even when the turn pairs the board. I become scared of two pairs, sets that improved but he does have a lot of flushes still. I can also bet/fold river comfortably while if I check I think he will check back a lot of worse hands. 


Posted By Schweig at 04:39 PM

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November 25, 2013

New poker variant - needs a name

Hi guys. I invented a new poker variant, posted about it here: http://www.deucescracked.com/forums/4-General-Poker-Discussion/623651-Invented-a-new-poker-vari

Basic rules: 

- 2 cards in your hand and you can use exactly 1 card from your hand and 2 from the board.

- 1 card flop, 1 card turn, 1 card river

- hand rankings: trips > 3 card flush > pair > 2 card flush > high card


Posted By Schweig at 12:35 AM

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November 22, 2013

My PLO game has never felt stronger

Right now, I'm feeling on top of my game, whether it's HU or 6 max, I feel I've got a lot better handle on fundamentals than most people playing, as basic as which hands are playable pre-flop, to how you should construct your 3-bet range. 

I also feel like I have a much better idea of where my edges actually come from, and adapting my overall philosophy of how to approach the game around that.

For example, I feel a lot of your money is made in dominating all-in situations and river value bets. I think it's as basic as that. And I think the key to this is actually to have stronger ranges than your opponents, position and the aggression lead. That sounds basic but if you watch how people play, even how I played a mere couple weeks ago, this is not how people are approaching the game.

Let's break this down into actual practical advice:

1) Fold a LOT to 3-bets OOP. What you peel depends on their 3-bet stat. 

a) If it's low and they're AA** then you should fold most Axxx hands (and in fact just most hands, even things that "look nice"), and be happy they 3-bet you so rarely that they are NOT exploiting you.

b) If it is high, stop opening as much when they're in position, and start peeling hands like AQJx, high hands. If they're opening very wide you can 4-bet a BUNCH of hands, like AKJx. In fact, one of the biggest things I learned is if you can put them on a wide range, you can always play AKJx type hands fast pre and not really care - you flop well enough in large pots that it's hard to counter. 

2) Don't make speculative flop calls without favourable turn and river situations. I know it feels dirty to c/f QQxx on a 3 low board, but you have to have that philosophy. Without a nut draw, position, the betting lead AND giving yourself a capped range, it becomes very hard to c/c anything unless you know your opponent is passive.

This even applies to weak draws out of position, like non-nut flush draws, weak wraps, OESDs. You need a plan that allows you get your stack in well and often there isn't one when you c/c the flop light.

3) Be willing to fold medium hands. I touched on this in my last blog post. Sometimes you have the option to fold a medium-strongish hand just because there's no way to get value on them and if you get your stack in, they have you beat. This is a concept that applies to all games, but will come up the most if you are a mediocre PLO player. Don't chase with your stack in what could have been a minimised loss. 

Like let's say you 3-bet AAxx and someone c/r you on a T7x flop and you have no extra draws. You don't know much about him but he seems to have solid stats. Sometimes it's better to just bet/fold over and over again in these spots and hoping they never start shoving really wide. I mean, even if they have T98 type hands, wraps, you are still not doing that great vs his range because you're flipping vs those and crushed by strong draws and two pairs and sets. 

It's very tempting to stack off automatically but sometimes you just have to look at the big picture. Is the guy just going to jam it in something we have great equity against? Unlikely and it's costly to find out.

That's probably the extent of my general PLO strategy advice. The rest it just comes from finding spots where opponents ranges are way to wide and just taking a dominating range against them, and let the flop do the rest. I've been applying this way of playing to zoom recently and I've felt about 20x more comfortable playing. I rarely have hard decisions now and I feel more confident that I've got a big edge.

In other news, I'm trying to come up with some interesting PLO coaching scheme, kinda like what YugiOh has gone for where it's not based on an upfront fee but how much the students actually improve, but I want to do it on a smaller scale than having students for a whole year. I'm thinking a monthly basis or something. Anyway if you have any ideas about this, or are interested, let me know

Here's an obligatory pretty picture of my results, these ones of all games since 26th August when I got back from Edinburgh

http://i.imgur.com/WekEn9A.png

http://i.imgur.com/w0ET96K.png

Posted By Schweig at 05:03 AM

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November 18, 2013

Good 3 days

http://i.imgur.com/9Qwy9E0.png

Haven't played much else this month but these last 3 months have been good. Proudest part is $2800 is from 200 PLO zoom and I usually suck at zoom, but I've been playing better recently. 

I think one of the biggest concepts to have in mind when playing PLO is stack protection. Don't get yourselves in situations where you're putting your stack in "because you have to" because it's usually a bad idea, or at least a high amount to wager if you're wrong about someone's range. 

These often happen when I have called a 3bet oop and flopped enough to see a turn, then there's often little option on the turn but to check/shove a marginal hand hoping they're airballing. 

The thing is, these plays have very questionable inherent value. Like, you're often in a situation where you're hoping he's airballing about 40-50% of the time for the play to show profit when only considering the turn. 

However, that's only taking into account the huge amount of money that's built up in the pot from your calls.

Here's an example hand from today.

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 6 players - View hand 2359213
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BTN: $221.34
SB: $289.84
BB: $240.20
Hero (UTG): $295.45
MP: $462.23
CO: $503.83

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is UTG with Q of diamonds 4 of clubs Q of clubs T of diamonds
Hero raises to $7, MP raises to $24, 4 folds, Hero calls $17

Flop: ($51.00) 9 of hearts 4 of hearts T of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $30, Hero calls $30

Turn: ($111.00) 9 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, MP bets $71, Hero raises to $241.45 all in

The play on each street is marginal. The depth makes it pretty awkward to even call pre but he was 3-betting widely that queens with a flush draw would be relatively stronger if flopped. 

On flop I think all options suck a bit. Raising leads to disaster stack offs on this texture vs any top pair plus combo draw. I elected to call, at least having a few good outs and turn cards where he will slow down.

Turn is very awkward card. Some players will shut down a lot but some will double barrel, in fact they're supposed to double barrel this card in many ways that stacking off QQ with T4 blockers and club draw is probably correct, but it's hella marginal. He can easily have a 9, AA, or KK and even though I could have a 9, we don't really know if he'd fold AA or KK here. I'm laying 241 to win 182 which is kinda crappy. Assuming I had no equity when called, he'd need to fold air 57% of the time. If I have about 20% equity when called he needs to fold less than that - around 46% (? did questionable maths shortcut here probably needs checking). 

Basically hoping he barrelled a lot of stuff which instinctively doesn't ring true with his sizing. It's high variance to play this way and if you're constantly getting yourself in these spots then something has gone wrong. I fortunately only had this kinda spot once today when before I would get into loads, and this is often best avoided by not playing OOP in big pots as much.

The key is to find spots where you're getting your big bets in REALLY good, rather than because there is so much dead money that you have to chase it with your stack. Opponent had QJTT with flopped flush draw in this hand so he ended up having me dead to 1 out. Even though it's quite unfortunate to run into he's created a position to win 150bbs with large equity which I haven't done

Posted By Schweig at 08:54 PM

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October 31, 2013

I suck a bit, back after a month

So after a month long hiatus, I'm playing a bit again. I kinda suck right now - I make a ton of mistakes and spew a lot, I play fast and loose without really thinking. Today started off awful, got worse but I managed to somehow de-tilt and play better, though also had a lot of great situations handed to me, generally started running better vs a guy who was 3-betting 40%.

http://i.imgur.com/sh7qJ4h.png

Some of my HU matches were all over the place. At the end I managed to win a lot of huge pots vs this one guy deep, I had about a $4600 upswing vs him over the last 400 hands at 200. Here's my favourite hand of the night:

Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2341796
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Hero (BTN/SB): $2892.50
BB: $439.00

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with 8 of spades A of spades 7 of clubs 3 of clubs
Hero raises to $6, BB raises to $18, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36.00) 2 of hearts A of hearts T of hearts(2 players)
BB checks, Hero checks

Turn: ($36.00) 3 of spades(2 players)
BB bets $24, Hero raises to $66, BB raises to $158, Hero calls $92

River: ($352.00) 8 of diamonds(2 players)
BB bets $263 all in, Hero calls $263

Final Pot: $878.00
Hero shows 8 of spades A of spades 7 of clubs 3 of clubs (two pair, Aces and Eights)
BB shows 9 of clubs 9 of diamonds T of diamonds K of hearts (a pair of Tens)
Hero wins $877.50
(Rake: $0.50)

Also this hand was quite fun:



Poker Stars $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2341797
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Hero (BTN/SB): $576.82
BB: $1114.36

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN/SB with 2 of spades 5 of hearts Q of spades 8 of hearts
Hero raises to $3, BB raises to $9, Hero calls $6

Flop: ($18.00) 5 of spades 2 of diamonds 7 of diamonds(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $12, BB raises to $41, Hero calls $29

Turn: ($100.00) Q of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $65, Hero calls $65

River: ($230.00) 8 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $151, BB raises to $682.50, Hero calls $310.82 all in

Final Pot: $1153.64
Hero shows 2 of spades 5 of hearts Q of spades 8 of hearts (two pair, Queens and Eights)
BB shows 4 of clubs T of diamonds 5 of clubs K of diamonds (a pair of Fives)
Hero wins $1153.14
(Rake: $0.50)

Here are some other hands that aren't that out of the ordinary but were big pots:


Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2341798
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Hero (BTN/SB): $2766.00
BB: $739.00

Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with 7 of clubs A of diamonds Q of clubs T of spades
Hero raises to $6, BB raises to $18, Hero calls $12

Flop: ($36.00) 9 of diamonds 2 of clubs 3 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $24, BB calls $24

Turn: ($84.00) J of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $56, BB raises to $192, Hero calls $136

River: ($468.00) 5 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $467.50, BB calls $467.50

Final Pot: $1403.00
Hero shows 7 of clubs A of diamonds Q of clubs T of spades (a flush, Queen high)
BB mucks 2 of diamonds J of clubs Q of spades J of hearts
Hero wins $1402.50
(Rake: $0.50)


Poker Stars $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2341799
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Hero (BTN/SB): $1172.14
BB: $517.77

Pre Flop: ($1.50) Hero is BTN/SB with 5 of spades 9 of diamonds Q of clubs 7 of hearts
Hero raises to $3, BB raises to $9, Hero calls $6

Flop: ($18.00) T of diamonds 8 of diamonds J of spades(2 players)
BB bets $12.50, Hero calls $12.50

Turn: ($43.00) 4 of spades(2 players)
BB bets $32.50, Hero raises to $108, BB raises to $366.50, Hero raises to $1142, BB calls $129.77 all in

River: ($1035.54) 3 of hearts(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $1035.54
Hero shows 5 of spades 9 of diamonds Q of clubs 7 of hearts (a straight, Eight to Queen)
BB shows 6 of diamonds 8 of clubs Q of spades K of spades (a pair of Eights)
Hero wins $1035.04
(Rake: $0.50)

Posted By Schweig at 03:39 AM

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September 16, 2013

Some fun hands at 400 hu plo

Decided to sit at some 400 HU PLO for first time in ages. I'm very actually wary of moving up at the moment because playing too high stakes and succumbing to the reverse implied odds of getting stuck and tilted has been a problem for me in the past. Sometimes you are just not ready for the sheer increase in variance. Fortunately, I ran well in the 70 or so hands. Here are some important hands from the session.

Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307884
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Hero (BB): $400.00
BTN/SB: $403.75

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with 2 of clubs 9 of hearts Q of clubs K of diamonds
BTN/SB raises to $12, Hero calls $8

Flop: ($24.00) J of hearts K of spades 3 of clubs(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $17.62, Hero calls $17.62

Turn: ($59.24) 4 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $44.05, Hero calls $44.05

River: ($147.34) T of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $146.84, BTN/SB calls $146.84

Final Pot: $441.02
Hero shows 2 of clubs 9 of hearts Q of clubs K of diamonds (a straight, Nine to King)
BTN/SB mucks T of diamonds 5 of hearts K of clubs Q of hearts
Hero wins $440.52
(Rake: $0.50)

This was one of the early hands. Turn is close but I wanted to establish what he would do if I called twice. I basically was hoping to see a showdown and see exactly what kind of double barrel he likes to do. I ended up binking the river and decided to just pot. I think it's tempting to just check and see what he does trying to minimise losses against AQ, and bluff catch, but I decided it's way more likely he'll check back a two pair on the river or something than bluff anything. He ended up calling with a pure bluffcatcher (plus blocker) and I think that's a great result, because it sends a message. It sends a message that I'm willing to thin value bet (most people would do this with nuts or like AA), and I'm going to put him to tough decisions. 

Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307893
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Hero (BB): $656.51
BTN/SB: $400.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with 7 of clubs J of clubs Q of diamonds K of hearts
BTN/SB raises to $12Hero raises to $36, BTN/SB calls $24

Flop: ($72.00) 3 of spades Q of clubs 7 of hearts (2 players)
Hero bets $48, BTN/SB calls $48

Turn: ($168.00) 5 of diamonds (2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $96Hero raises to $455.50, BTN/SB calls $220 all in

River: ($800.00) 7 of spades (2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $800.00
Hero shows 7 of clubs J of clubs Q of diamonds K of hearts (a full house, Sevens full of Queens)
BTN/SB shows 5 of clubs 3 of clubs 6 of hearts T of spades (two pair, Sevens and Fives)
Hero wins $799.50
(Rake: $0.50)

Flopping top two as 3bettor is always nice. Once the turn hit it becomes a nice spot to check to protect all the hands that are scared of that card, basically all big one pair hands. I could easily just have lead turn also but I feel people float me so much these days, it's nice to throw in a check here with a strong robust hand once in while. Once he bet I considered just c/c-ing to continue to underrep but I decided that I wasn't necessarily going to get a river shove out of him, especially with the amout of hands that have SD value. I decided to instead just ship it planning to protect against random straight draws, over two-pair draws. It worked out great because he had decided to thin-bet protect his bottom two pair draw then decided he was committed versus a shove. That's always the danger of choosing not to pot control here. 

Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307890
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Hero (BTN/SB): $1127.51
BB: $404.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BTN/SB with 8 of diamonds 7 of hearts K of clubs J of hearts
Hero raises to $12, BB raises to $36, Hero calls $24

Flop: ($72.00) J of spades 8 of clubs A of clubs(2 players)
BB bets $40, Hero calls $40

Turn: ($152.00) 6 of clubs(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $80, BB calls $80

River: ($312.00) 3 of spades(2 players)
BB checks, Hero bets $311.50, BB folds

Final Pot: $312.00
Hero mucks 8 of diamonds 7 of hearts K of clubs J of hearts
Hero wins $311.50
(Rake: $0.50)

I feel the first  hand is a great set up for this big bluff. A lot of the time I will shut down on the river, expecting opponent to have flushes he's planning to c/c, but the previous hand which only happened 2 minutes before is psychologically very powerful. It feels bad to call off a big river value bet and be wrong and that is certainly going to be affecting his decision - so much that he's probably not going to make a light call like with top set, two pair, but might even fold small flushes. Of course the Kc is mildly helpful in removing the times he is just taking the c/c c/c line with the nuts, but a lot of the time even that on its own isn't a good enough reason to bluff (because of how often someone will just c/c twice with non nut flushes).

Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307894
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Hero (BB): $1323.63
BTN/SB: $400.00

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with 4 of spades K of diamonds A of diamonds Q of clubs
BTN/SB raises to $12, Hero raises to $36, BTN/SB calls $24

Flop: ($72.00) Q of diamonds 6 of hearts A of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $40, BTN/SB calls $40

Turn: ($152.00) 2 of clubs(2 players)
Hero bets $96, BTN/SB raises to $324 all in, Hero calls $228

River: ($800.00) J of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $800.00
Hero shows 4 of spades K of diamonds A of diamonds Q of clubs (two pair, Aces and Queens)
BTN/SB shows 6 of spades 4 of clubs A of clubs 7 of spades (two pair, Aces and Sixes)
Hero wins $799.50
(Rake: $0.50)

One minute later. This is kinda a cooler but also kinda the innate problem with playing dominated hands vs strong 3-bet range. It all really depends how often I double barrel this turn here (I think I shut down a lot because there aren't that many draws so opponent probably has A something.)


Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307895
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Hero (BB): $1680.50
BTN/SB: $451.75

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with Q of clubs 4 of spades Q of hearts J of clubs
BTN/SB raises to $12, Hero calls $8

Flop: ($24.00) 8 of clubs T of spades 7 of hearts(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $17.62, Hero raises to $56, BTN/SB calls $38.38

Turn: ($136.00) 9 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero checks, BTN/SB bets $67.75, Hero raises to $152, BTN/SB raises to $383.75 all in, Hero calls $231.75

River: ($903.50) 8 of diamonds(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $903.50
Hero shows Q of clubs 4 of spades Q of hearts J of clubs (a straight, Eight to Queen)
BTN/SB shows 7 of diamonds J of spades 6 of spades 9 of clubs (a straight, Seven to Jack)
Hero wins $903.00
(Rake: $0.50)

So I decide to throw in a flop bluff raise. just to pick up the pot uncontested. I have a gutty which is something, and I end up hitting it. I decided to check because I would check a number of hands here: pure bluffs that are giving up, J9 if I did have it, 69, top set if I decided to play it that way. When he bet small I decided, let's make it look like I'm not giving up on a pure bluff. He ends up putting the rest in with the J straight and some two pair outs which I don't really like - his hand is pretty robust against pure air and he is just allowing me to fold my bluffs, plus losing the max vs QJ. I guess he thought I had Jx without as many outs as him? OR just wanted to end the hand with so little left. 


Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307898
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Hero (BB): $2082.75
BTN/SB: $481.50

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with Q of spades J of hearts 6 of spades A of clubs
BTN/SB raises to $12, Hero raises to $36, BTN/SB calls $24

Flop: ($72.00) 3 of diamonds 6 of clubs K of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $44, BTN/SB calls $44

Turn: ($160.00) 8 of diamonds(2 players)
Hero bets $92, BTN/SB calls $92

River: ($344.00) T of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $343.50, BTN/SB folds

Final Pot: $344.00
Hero mucks Q of spades J of hearts 6 of spades A of clubs
Hero wins $343.50
(Rake: $0.50)

Here I decided to double barrel, and then triple barrel once he didn't just ship turn (which I expected of him with most two pairs). I felt a large part of his range is draws at each step and I was in a good place to not get called down light given how many strong hands I had shown him.


Poker Stars $2/$4 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 2307901
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Hero (BB): $2182.25
BTN/SB: $471.50

Pre Flop: ($6.00) Hero is BB with J of clubs K of diamonds 3 of hearts A of hearts
BTN/SB raises to $12, Hero raises to $36, BTN/SB calls $24

Flop: ($72.00) 3 of diamonds 8 of diamonds K of spades(2 players)
Hero bets $44, BTN/SB calls $44

Turn: ($160.00) T of hearts(2 players)
Hero bets $112, BTN/SB raises to $391.50 all in, Hero calls $279.50

River: ($943.00) 9 of clubs(2 players - 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $943.00
Hero shows J of clubs K of diamonds 3 of hearts A of hearts (two pair, Kings and Threes)
BTN/SB shows A of diamonds 3 of clubs 8 of clubs 8 of spades (three of a kind, Eights)
BTN/SB wins $942.50
(Rake: $0.50)

This was the last hand of the match (I decided I don't want to play deep at 400 so quit after he doubled). Looking back on it I didn't like calling the shove that much. I think it's very close still, but I'm just not sure if he was actually in the mood to spaz, say with 83 or something. Then again there are still plenty of draws out there like QJ with diamonds or something, but it wasn't clear given how the previous hands went down that he was eager to shove them and just gambol. Of course, I still have some equity if I have run into a better hand which makes it harder to fold. So could be a cooler, but could just be playing into his gameplan at the time.

PS. Also, here's some nice pictures of my progress:

http://i.imgur.com/NssrcjZ.png since getting back from holiday. Add in good TD winnings I'm up about $17k.

http://i.imgur.com/MmGvDpl.png HU PLO graph since May 

Posted By Schweig at 11:29 PM

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