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Date Posted: June 1st, 2009 (2:21pm)

I found it interesting that on the last blog where I shared a number of marginal situations at high stakes PLO, most of the established players commented that they were 'standard'.  I think the fact that marginal hands and decisions are considered standard show how different PLO is from NLHE.  I recall when I played NLHE that there was usually a clear EV+ move to make.  The decisions seemed more clear cut.  The great disparity of being ahead or behind makes certain moves more obvious.  In PLO anything falling within the 60-40 realm (even less) implies that you continue in the hand.   You are often 'near flipping' over and over.  Sometimes you are on the slight plus side, sometimes not.

 

One thing that MichaelSC from DeucesCracked mentioned on one of his recent Poker Commonalities videos struck me.  You want to avoid getting in 30% of your stack (4 betting essentially) as a 60% favorite with a hand like A,A,x,x and then get the other 70% as a 30-40% dog.  Even if your opponent has a pair and a gutter they have enough equity to call it off against bare aces.  This makes for a lot of variance and also prioritizes hitting hands before continuing hard post flop.

 

Since the last high stakes PLO blog seemed popular, I thought I would share eight more hands I watched a few days ago in a session of the forever long dragging Durrrr challenge with Patrik Antonius.

 

1. Another 'standard' nearly 160k pot.  Durrrr has 60-40 equity pre-flop, but on the flop it becomes a true flip as the pot builds to 50k.  On the turn durrrr has 75% equity but Antonius pushes his pot sized stack into the middle and sucks out on the river.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 2 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi 
Seat 1: durrrr ($78,798.50)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($81,196)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $200
durrrr posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius raises to $1,200
durrrr raises to $3,600
Patrik Antonius calls $2,400
*** FLOP *** [Qs 3c 8c]
durrrr bets $4,800
Patrik Antonius raises to $21,600
durrrr calls $16,800
*** TURN *** [Qs 3c 8c] [3s]
durrrr checks
Patrik Antonius bets $50,400
durrrr raises to $53,598.50, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $3,198.50
durrrr shows [Ts Js Jc Qh]
Patrik Antonius shows [Th 9c Ac 6s]
*** RIVER *** [Qs 3c 8c 3s] [Kc]
durrrr shows two pair, Queens and Threes
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($157,596.50) with a flush, Ace high

 

2. In the second hand, durrrr has a decent AA hand with as much of an equity edge as you can typically have preflop at 66%.  On the flop he reaches 80% equity but Antonius has the betting lead and keeps betting while durrrr plays it soft.  With only 30% on the turn Patrik check raises in the rest of his stack and doesn't catch his 13 outer.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 1 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($137,791.50)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($62,189.50)
durrrr posts the small blind of $200
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $1,200
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,600
durrrr calls $2,400
*** FLOP *** [6c 9d Qh]
Patrik Antonius bets $6,000
durrrr calls $6,000
*** TURN *** [6c 9d Qh] [3d]
Patrik Antonius checks
durrrr bets $19,200
Patrik Antonius raises to $52,589.50, and is all in
durrrr calls $33,389.50
Patrik Antonius shows [Js 5d Jd 5h]
durrrr shows [Ad Kh 8s Ah]
*** RIVER *** [6c 9d Qh 3d] [3c]
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Jacks and Threes
durrrr wins the pot ($124,378.50) with two pair, Aces and Threes

 

3.  Durrrr gets in half his stack pre-flop against Patrik's double suited K's and Js and holds (57% equity pre).  On the flop it became a flip with Patrik picking up the flush draw, but pot odds would have dictated his call with almost anything getting 3-1.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 3 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($61,280)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($168,415)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $200
durrrr posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius raises to $1,200
durrrr raises to $3,600
Patrik Antonius raises to $10,800
durrrr raises to $32,400
Patrik Antonius calls $21,600
*** FLOP *** [4s 5c 6s]
durrrr bets $28,880, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $28,880
durrrr shows [Ac 9h 3c Ad]
Patrik Antonius shows [Kh Ks Js Jh]
*** TURN *** [4s 5c 6s] [7c]
*** RIVER *** [4s 5c 6s 7c] [4d]
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Kings and Fours
durrrr wins the pot ($122,559.50) with two pair, Aces and Fours

 

4. In this hand, Patrik is short and puts half his stack in pre-flop with his double suited J's hand against durrrr's aces with 69% equity.  When Patrik pushes, he gives durrrr 3-1 odds to call even if Patrik had caught his set or flush draw.  As it was durrrr had 75% equity.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 4 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($139,059)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($20,914)
durrrr posts the small blind of $200
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $1,200
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,600
durrrr raises to $10,800
Patrik Antonius calls $7,200
*** FLOP *** [7s 2h 5h]
Patrik Antonius bets $10,114, and is all in
durrrr calls $10,114
Patrik Antonius shows [Jc Jd Qd 2c]
durrrr shows [Ts Ad Kd As]
*** TURN *** [7s 2h 5h] [3c]
*** RIVER *** [7s 2h 5h 3c] [7d]
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Jacks and Sevens
durrrr wins the pot ($41,827.50) with two pair, Aces and Sevens

 

5. Another 3 bet pot where durrrr flops well with 71% equity, but Patrik pushes the action on the turn with his 3rd pair, backdoor flush draws, and open ender straight draw.  Durrrr holds.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 2 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($81,798)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($268,169.50)
durrrr posts the small blind of $200
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $1,200
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,600
durrrr calls $2,400
*** FLOP *** [Qc Ts 5d]
Patrik Antonius bets $6,000
durrrr raises to $19,200
Patrik Antonius calls $13,200
*** TURN *** [Qc Ts 5d] [4s]
Patrik Antonius bets $45,600
durrrr raises to $58,998, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $13,398
durrrr shows [Kh Tc As 5c]
Patrik Antonius shows [5s Js 9c 7c]
*** RIVER *** [Qc Ts 5d 4s] [Jc]
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Jacks and Fives
durrrr wins the pot ($163,595.50) with a straight, Ace high

 

6. They get it in pre-flop with two strong hands and Patrik short.  Patrik had nearly 70% equity and holds to double up.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 3 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($199,113)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($30,574.50)
durrrr posts the small blind of $200
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $1,200
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,600
durrrr raises to $10,800
Patrik Antonius raises to $30,574.50, and is all in
durrrr calls $19,774.50
Patrik Antonius shows [Ad 9d As 9h]

durrrr shows [Kc Qd Kh Ac]
*** FLOP *** [8h 2d 7c]
*** TURN *** [8h 2d 7c] [Jd]
*** RIVER *** [8h 2d 7c Jd] [9c]
durrrr shows a pair of Kings
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($61,148.50) with three of a kind, Nines

 

7. Although the pot is 4 bet pre-flop, they play it cautiously on the flop and turn before durrrr tries to steal it on the river.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 4 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($146,141)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($53,822.50)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $200
durrrr posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius raises to $1,200
durrrr raises to $3,600
Patrik Antonius raises to $10,800
durrrr calls $7,200
*** FLOP *** [Ks 4s Kc]
durrrr checks
Patrik Antonius checks
*** TURN *** [Ks 4s Kc] [Ts]
durrrr checks
Patrik Antonius checks
*** RIVER *** [Ks 4s Kc Ts] [4d]
durrrr bets $14,200
Patrik Antonius calls $14,200
*** SHOW DOWN ***
durrrr shows [9h 7d 9d Kd] three of a kind, Kings
Patrik Antonius shows [Ah 7s As 5h] a flush, Ace high
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($49,999.50) with a flush, Ace high

 

8. In the last hand, Patrik hits a nice flop and has 78% equity and check call.  On the turn durrrr leads pot with his overpair and gutter.  Patrik pushes and holds.

 

Full Tilt Poker - Table durrrr Challenge 4 (heads up, deep) - $200/$400 - Pot Limit Omaha Hi -
Seat 1: durrrr ($164,771.50)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($35,200)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $200
durrrr posts the big blind of $400
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius raises to $1,200
durrrr raises to $3,600
Patrik Antonius calls $2,400
*** FLOP *** [4d 5c 9d]
durrrr checks
Patrik Antonius bets $5,200
durrrr calls $5,200
*** TURN *** [4d 5c 9d] [Jc]
durrrr bets $17,600
Patrik Antonius raises to $26,400, and is all in
durrrr calls $8,800
Patrik Antonius shows [3c 5d 4s Ad]
durrrr shows [3d 7h Qs Qh]
*** RIVER *** [4d 5c 9d Jc] [2c]
durrrr shows a pair of Queens
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($70,399.50) with a straight, Five high

 

 

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