Omaha Hand of the Night

by , Sep 1, 2006 | 3:56 pm

Played good poker last night here at Danang — good in the way that my friends thought I was playing crappy, even though “most” of the time I was not. So my overall results hinged on a single hand of Omaha … one where I’m not sure whether or not I did the right thing and just got unlucky, or if I woulda-coulda-shoulda played it differently and better.

OK, so it’s $.50/$.50 PLO. My starting cards are Q-Q-7-8 double-suited. There are about a million limpers pre-flop, I am one of them, and Adam in late position raises it to $4 … which about half of us call.

The flop: Q-J-10.

OK, so I’m pretty happy with my top set, but I realize my hand is hardly great. A-K already has me screwed — heck, so does K-9 — so really, I’d like the board to pair.

It checks around to Adam, and he bets like $10 or $12. Thankfully no one pops him for the pot … just a couple calls. So what do I do? Is this where I raise pot to either take it down now when I am likely ahead? Or is this where I raise pot — which is gonna cost me north of $50 — to find out where I am?

I decide to just call, to see what the turn brings. (There is also a flush draw out there.) Because really, while my hand is great, I’m not sure how great it is, and I am thinking I’d like to give the board a chance to pair as cheaply as possible.

“I think this hand is going to be a big part of our Omaha education,” I say.

“You’re probably right,” someone (Thum?) responds.

So the turn is a King. Eesh, not a great card for me … but at least it will be easier to get away from my set if necesary. We check all the way around.

The river is a jack. Perfect. My paired board … giving me Queens full of Jacks. I think about what I want to do as Thum comes out betting $30. Tulsa goes into the tank … I definitely want him to call, or maybe raise (because he doesn’t realize his tanking in and of itself is a tell) … but he folds. OK, so now it’s on me, and I have a pretty monstrous hand. I quietly analyze all the boat possibilities. I really like the line-up, because there are so many other boats out there — K-J, Q-J, etc. — that I beat. In fact, really, all I have to be afraid of is K-K. And based on my discussion with Thum last week, I am very confident he doesn’t have it.

So while I could just call since I don’t have THE NUTS, I also am aware that I want to maximize my strong hands … especially when it’s me against Thum. There’s such a strong likelihood he will think I think this is a good situation to bluff. (Because he knows I know he never really showed much strength throughout the hand.)

Anyhow, I raise the pot, which effectively puts me all-in for another $150 or so dollars. Thum instacalls, saying, “I’ve got the nuts” as he reveals his quad jacks.

Here’s the thing … it wasn’t a shocker to me. A bummer, sure. But I knew there were two hands out there that beat me. K-K and J-J. I also know that in Omaha, even with an unpaired board, a king-high flush is shit, or at least nervous happiness.

So should I have simply called with my Queens full of Jacks? I tried to think of it in numerical odds, with the goal of maximizing return over the long Batface haul … like there was a 20 percent chance he had kings, a 5 percent chance he had jacks, a 25 percent chance he had jack-shit or a straight, and 50 percent chance that he would have a losing boat he would call with. But for all those calculations, in the end it really was just too much math and I shifted to “fuck it” gear because I liked my ballpark estimations.

But i can’t deny that single -$200 instead of +$200 or what coulda been just -$50 hand made all the difference for an entire session.

Buy-in(s): $300 (3)
Cash out: $181.50
Net: -$118.50

Highlght: Apres-poker darts +$50

6 Comments to “Omaha Hand of the Night”

  1. Tulsa

    Yes, a tell. Like how twice last night my tanking told you to make huge overbets at the pot when I flopped and turned the nuts, respectivelty. Somewhere, TBR sobs.

    Regarding your analysis: All I really have to say is that this post, while entertaining, does a disservice to the word “strategy,” the word “theory,” and the communication device known as “the Internet.”

    Heads up forever?

  2. Tulsa

    And, yes, respectivelty is a word. It’s from the Latin word “spectiveltus,” which means “… velvety respect; respect that feels like velvet. [A]lso: respect for velvet (colloq.) …”

  3. DanM

    i don’t remember the tank hands you are talking about. I put them out of my mind as soon as I see the disgusting “smuggility” on your face everytime you wn a hand.

  4. Tulsa

    But I’m so humble.

  5. Evil Omaha Sharron

    When are you boys going to extend an invitation to me so I can teach you a thing or two about Omaha?

    I’ll even bring the nice Sharron and leave the “evil” one at home! 😉

  6. jeh

    Quit farting around and get a copy of Wilson Software’s Turbo Omaha High. Duh.