Friday, 3 April 2009


I am still hating Omaha. Playing in the SCOOP lowstakes PL Omaha hi/lo, this hand comes up:

PokerStars Game #26658698671: Tournament #200904021, $10+$1 Omaha Hi/Lo Pot Limit - Level XIV (500/1000) - 2009/04/02 20:14:28 ET
Table '200904021 745' 9-max Seat #4 is the button
Seat 2: Hey Dill (29111 in chips)
Seat 3: FR Vessant (61305 in chips)
Seat 4: sirtoff (8044 in chips)
Seat 5: s1m_ka (40057 in chips)
Seat 6: MOKER01 (8656 in chips)
Seat 7: knight53008 (70323 in chips)
Seat 8: JanuZ85 (34186 in chips)
Seat 9: Krassita (30876 in chips)
s1m_ka: posts small blind 500
MOKER01: posts big blind 1000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to FR Vessant [Ah 3d 3h 2s]
2mark is connected
knight53008: folds
JanuZ85: folds
Krassita: folds
Hey Dill: raises 2000 to 3000

This guy's a horrible fish, who has called raises with really bad hands and got lucky a few times.

FR Vessant: raises 7500 to 10500

I have a very strong hand and I'm obv. willing to go all the way with it.

sirtoff: folds
s1m_ka: folds
MOKER01: folds
Hey Dill: calls 7500

I'm not sure about his call. I don't really know Omaha very well. He has Ac3cQdQs. I think he should fold to the reraise because I'm repping a very strong hand, which likely has him beat both ways. As it happens, I don't have the high, but QQ is really difficult to play in Omaha.

*** FLOP *** [Ad 5s 4h]

I flop the nuts.

Hey Dill: checks
FR Vessant: bets 22500

Now he should fold. I am repping a hand that crushes his, and in fact I have it. I don't mind if he calls of course. I have the nuts both ways and there's no flush draw out there.

Hey Dill: calls 18611 and is all-in

His call is terrible though. What can I have that he beats? I could have A2xx with xs lower than a Q, but that's it, and even if I do, I probably have the nut low anyway.

Still, these fish don't think it through obv. He sees he has top pair and a draw to the low and bang, he's there for that. Even if

Uncalled bet (3889) returned to FR Vessant
*** TURN *** [Ad 5s 4h] [Qc]

Nothing changes and there's no flush, so he has two outs to split with me.

*** RIVER *** [Ad 5s 4h Qc] [2c]

And that's one of them. Sigh. Oh well. Poker is not chess, we have to remind ourselves. The rewards don't necessarily go to the most skilful.

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