SCOOP Event 30-H: $1000 PLO8

I like PLO8 and know a bit about it, but I’m far from an expert. I also played the $100, in which I was surely a favorite, but the 1K had a surprisingly competent field (or maybe not so surprising- I mean it was a 1K). Not that there wasn’t any bad play, but I may well have been a dog to the field.

I decided that at least in the early stages of the tournament, I was going to limp in EP with anything I wanted to play. Villain here had been isolating me a lot, so I decided to check-raise him on this flop- not sure if that’s good or nto.

Poker Stars $1000+$50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Tournament – t15/t30 Blinds – 9 players

The Official Hand History Converter

UTG: t5294 M = 117.64
Hero (UTG+1): t4975 M = 110.56
UTG+2: t3913 M = 86.96
MP1: t8037 M = 178.60
MP2: t4955 M = 110.11
CO: t5992 M = 133.16
BTN: t5202 M = 115.60
SB: t8119 M = 180.42
BB: t8852 M = 196.71

Pre Flop: (t45) Hero is UTG+1 with A of diamonds T of spades 4 of spades 5 of diamonds
1 fold, Hero calls t30, UTG+2 raises to t120, 6 folds, Hero calls t90

Flop: (t285) 3 of hearts 3 of diamonds 2 of hearts (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t180, Hero raises to t555, UTG+2 calls t375

Turn: (t1395) 8 of spades (2 players)
Hero checks, UTG+2 bets t1395, Hero raises to t4300 all in, UTG+2 calls t1843 all in

River: (t7871) A of clubs (2 players – 2 are all in)

Final Pot: t7871

Hero shows A of diamonds T of spades 4 of spades 5 of diamonds (HI: a straight, Ace to Five; LO: 5,4,3,2,A)
UTG+2 shows 4 of hearts 6 of diamonds A of hearts Q of hearts (HI: two pair, Aces and Threes; LO: 6,4,3,2,A)

I’m pretty sure it would be better just to pot the turn than to check-raise, not that he’s folding this anyway, but it could get him off of high hands.

On this one, I tried check-raise a rivered nut-nut, but Villain did not oblige. I can’t imagine he was calling a bet either, though, so I think the plan is still fine.

Poker Stars $1000+$50 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Tournament – t25/t50 Blinds – 9 players
The Official Hand History Converter

UTG+1: t8929 M = 119.05
Hero (UTG+2): t8973 M = 119.64
MP1: t3095 M = 41.27
MP2: t4926 M = 65.68
CO: t15066 M = 200.88
BTN: t7965 M = 106.20
SB: t4257 M = 56.76
BB: t7614 M = 101.52
UTG: t6592 M = 87.89

Pre Flop: (t75) Hero is UTG+2 with 4 of spades 3 of clubs A of clubs A of spades
2 folds, Hero calls t50, 1 fold, MP2 calls t50, CO calls t50, 1 fold, SB calls t25, BB checks

Flop: (t250) 7 of clubs Q of spades 2 of spades (5 players)
SB checks, BB checks, Hero bets t188, MP2 calls t188, CO folds, SB folds, BB folds

Turn: (t626) K of clubs (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 bets t350, Hero calls t350

River: (t1326) 5 of clubs (2 players)
Hero checks, MP2 checks

Final Pot: t1326
Hero shows 4 of spades 3 of clubs A of clubs A of spades (HI: a flush, Ace high; LO: 7,5,3,2,A)
MP2 mucks 9 of clubs T of spades Q of hearts 8 of spades

4 thoughts on “SCOOP Event 30-H: $1000 PLO8

  1. Any thought to check-raising the turn on the second hand? You have got some ridiculous equity even if you are called. Not that he would have with that hand.

    • This might be NLHE thinking, but I feel like my hand has too much bluff-catching/showdown/implied odds potential to turn into a semi-bluff by raising the turn. I don’t think he’s folding many better hands, and I have virtually all of the draws dominated. Plus there’s the potential for him to make a lot of second-best hands that get at least quartered on the river.

      That’s how I see it, but again, that’s quite possibly applying NLHE thinking to a game I’m notoriously bad at.

      • I don’t play much PLO8 either; my background is also NLHE. Just different than I would have played it, and I was curious why you played it that way. I was thinking you could get value out of worse draws, and potentially 2 streets of value if you both hit. I can’t comment on whether or not you are going to fold out better hands, since the stakes I do play are significantly smaller and people don’t ever fold. Perhaps a strong PLO8 player might fold better hands (2 pair, low end wraps, both w/o flush draws), but then again, they probably aren’t playing them to begin with.

  2. I know people have complained about the icons/symbols before, so I just thought I’d say these new 4 color icons look beautiful :).

    Also, (understanding that I’m just barely learning PLO, nevermind PLO8 :), I don’t understand the first pot. Are you both betting mainly for the LO? Or do you expect to scoop a lot of the time when you shove?

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