July 15, 2011
Here's a nice deep hand from a match I played earlier.
Poker Stars $1/$2 Pot Limit Omaha Hi - 2 players - View hand 1371722
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Hero (BTN/SB): $1220.40
Pre Flop: ($3.00) Hero is BTN/SB with Q K 5 5
Hero raises to $6, BB raises to $18, Hero calls $12
Flop: ($36.00) 2 5 6(2 players)
BB bets $35.50, Hero calls $35.50
Turn: ($107.00) 2(2 players)
BB bets $98, Hero calls $98
River: ($303.00) 9(2 players)
BB bets $302.50, Hero raises to $1068.90 all in, BB calls $430.40 all in
Final Pot: $1768.80
Hero shows Q K 5 5 (a full house, Fives full of Deuces)
BB shows T 8 7 J (a straight, Five to Nine)
Hero wins $1768.30
So the match was pretty interesting. He started off ok but as he lost stacks he got worse and worse and pretty much gave up trying to play well at some point. He was already down about $2k before this happened.
I'd say deep HU matches come down to getting your opponent to tilt and make a huge mistake with his deep stack, and not doing the same yourself. The first is easy when you win a lot of all-ins versus him, but the second can be tricky if you are the one who is losing.
The hand was quite a standard way of playing vs someone who was playing like a complete maniac. Keep the pot small on the flop because I don't think I can get all 450bbs in that great shape, as well as there being messy turn cards like a 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, diamond, which I don't want to see in a pot with such low SPR after I raise and get flatted. It wouldn't be a terrible spot to raise overall because he generally doesn't have that many 34xx or 66 hands that my hand is still probably a favourite if I get it in, but he's been double barrelling pot close to 100% so far, so I decided to keep his range wide and see what happens.
Turn is the best card in the deck. A lot of his semibluff hands are drawing dead, and he could have caught a 2 which will lead to at least 2 big bets. It is also a card that he will likely barrel on turn and river thinking that I have some marginal hand like TT-KK (I've taken the call/call/fold line a bit vs him so far, as well as there being situations where he gave up bluffing and I won with quite a weak hand at showdown). Again, the plan is to keep his bluffs in which makes up the majority of his range.
River, he pots it which could mean anything at this point in the match. There are enough thin value bets here from straights, AA**, 2*** to make it a clear ship. I don't expect to get called that often but I also expect to be beat even less.
He ended up snap calling with 87 which shows he just didn't really care anymore about losing another 400 and just wanted a way to win the pot. Earlier in the match he would often tank/fold in a spot like this, knowing that my range is only really for value, but at this point he just wants a way to get unstuck.