Poker Tips from Pros: How to Plug Your PLO Leaks

Matt Ashton

I learned how to play Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) Hi/Lo in cash games.

I also like playing in smaller buy-in tournaments as the fields are so much smaller than the No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) tournaments that eat away at your life.

I have to be honest, though. I'm not the best. I don’t give much thought to the math and I'm far too loose and aggressive.

Somehow I still seem to do extremely well. They do say that poker contains an element of luck.

Matt Ashton Knows PLO

I enlisted WSOP bracelet winner Matt Ashton to dissect the first eight of 18 hands that I made note of after playing in a $4.40 PLO Hi/Lo tournament on PokerStars.

Hand #1

Blinds 10/20

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (2780 in chips) 

Seat 2: Andrew0208 (2900 in chips) 

Seat 3: wobbegong (2960 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (4380 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 5: veekay1 (1860 in chips) (SB)

Seat 7: RA$HPILLL (3120 in chips) (BB)

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (3000 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (2900 in chips) 

HERO: [Jc 2s Ah 4c]

Action

Hero opens to 60 in early position. There are two callers before the small blind three-bets to 320. Hero calls and one of the earlier callers raises to 1,360; the small blind moves all-in for 1,860, Hero also move all-in for 2,900, and the third player in the hand also moves all-in for 2,780.

*** FLOP *** [3d 8c 2h]

*** TURN *** [3d 8c 2h] [Th]

*** RIVER *** [3d 8c 2h Th] [Qc] 

*** SHOW DOWN ***

shurikenstar: shows [Jc 2s Ah 4c] (HI: a pair of Deuces; LO: 8,4,3,2,A)

PinnacleUa: shows [7d 4s As Ad] (HI: a pair of Aces; LO: 8,4,3,2,A)

PinnacleUa collected 920 from side pot

shurikenstar collected 460 from side pot

PinnacleUa collected 460 from side pot

veekay1: shows [6d 7c Kh 3s] (HI: a pair of Threes; LO: 8,7,6,3,2)

PinnacleUa collected 2830 from main pot

shurikenstar collected 1415 from main pot

PinnacleUa collected 1415 from main pot

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Lee: I have the tendency in these lower buy-in tournaments to see ace-deuce and then go a bit nuts in the early stages. My only question to Matt was whether getting it in pre flop at this stage, and with this hand, is too loose?

Matt Ashton: I think limping is a good option from early position with most of your range in Omaha tournaments. This reduces variance and playing smaller pots is nice.

People make more mistakes post flop with deeper stacks. You also need to remember that you will be taking a flop out of position most of the time. That said, raising is better than folding, for sure, and the best play at a tighter table.

Once you are subjected to a raise, unless you think there's a decent chance AJ is the best high hand right now, calling is better than shoving. It rarely makes a difference but saving money on a 99K flop is better than nothing.

I wouldn't consider folding at any point given the buy-in of this tournament and the potential for people to show up with worse hands than this.

Hand #2

Blinds 10/20

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (5585 in chips) (BB)

Seat 2: Andrew0208 (2900 in chips) 

Seat 3: wobbegong (2900 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (4680 in chips) 

Seat 5: bierbernd (1770 in chips) 

Seat 7: RA$HPILLL (2890 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (2990 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 9: shurikenstar (1955 in chips) (SB)

HERO: [Tc Ks Qh Kh]

Action

The action folds around to the cutoff who raises to 40. The button folds and Hero three-bets to 140. The big blind makes the call, as does the original raiser.

*** FLOP *** [6d Jh Ah]

Hero c-bets to 420, the big blind folds, and the cutoff calls.

*** TURN *** [6d Jh Ah] [Kd]

Hero bets 1,260 and the cutoff folds.

Lee: I turn the nuts and want to charge the low draw for staying in the hand or force a fold so I can take the money already in the pot. Is this the right play or should I bet less and kept the villain in the hand?

Matt Ashton: Pre-flop I think calling is the best play here. High-only hands should be three-bet very rarely. Their equity is poor and you will hate to be re-raised.

As for balancing your range I don't think they're all that necessary, you can still have plenty of better aces, Broadway hands (AKQ4, AJT3) that can make straights, and big pairs with a low draw that would fare better than this type of hand too in my opinion. 

On the turn, with stack sizes as they are, I think pot is your only size here. If it was PLO high you could make a good argument for checking, or betting small with you having the board so crushed, but with the low draw on the board I think it would be a mistake.

Hand #3

Blinds 10/20

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (5445 in chips) (SB)

Seat 2: Andrew0208 (2900 in chips) (BB)

Seat 3: wobbegong (2900 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (4680 in chips) 

Seat 5: bierbernd (1770 in chips) 

Seat 6: JRKB778 (3000 in chips) 

Seat 7: RA$HPILLL (2330 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (2990 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (2655 in chips) (OTB)

HERO: [Ac 6h 5h Ad]

Action

There is a limper under the gun, the hijack raises to 60, Hero raises to 230 on the button, the limper folds, the hijack raises to 740, Hero raises to 2,270, the hijack raises to 2,300 - and is all-in - and Hero calls the last 60.

Lee: Is getting it in pre flop with a five and six in my hand a high-variance move?

Matt Ashton: If you have aces, with a low draw, you want to get all of your money in pre flop if you get the chance.

You might not always want to three-bet some weaker ones if you'd expect to get called a lot, and there will still be money left to play post flop. These aces are always strong enough to three-bet and the 5 and 6 is not such a bad combo.

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Hand #4

Blinds 20/40

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (5256 in chips) (BB)

Seat 2: KruCciAll (3268 in chips) 

Seat 3: wobbegong (3245 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (5534 in chips) 

Seat 5: bierbernd (1590 in chips) 

Seat 6: george-gr (2901 in chips) 

Seat 7: siara213 (3470 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (2162 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 9: shurikenstar (7641 in chips) (SB)

HERO: [2h 6d 4h 5d]

Action

There are two limpers in the pot before Hero raises to 200 from the small blind. The big blind calls, as do the two limpers.

*** FLOP *** [9s Qd 4c]

Hero c-bets to 800, the big blind folds, the original limper raises to 1,390 - and is all-in - and Hero calls the additional 590. 

*** TURN *** [9s Qd 4c] [5c]

*** RIVER *** [9s Qd 4c 5c] [Ts] 

*** SHOW DOWN ***

shurikenstar: shows [2h 6d 4h 5d] (HI: two pair, Fives and Fours)

bierbernd: shows [Kd Jd 3c Ks] (HI: a straight, Nine to King)

bierbernd collected 3580 from pot

Lee: I realize that I made a mistake with my flop c-bet after not paying attention to stack size, but is it a mistake to raise pre flop with this hand?

Matt Ashton: Raising with this hand pre-flop is a mistake. Low only hands without an ace in them are rarely strong enough to raise after a couple limpers - even hands that look this pretty.

As played, on the flop, I think it’s pretty ambitious to bet into three other players even if this flop shouldn't hit them all that often. I would check.

Hand #5

Blinds 40/80

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (1618 in chips) (BB)

Seat 2: KruCciAll (2635 in chips) 

Seat 3: wobbegong (3005 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (5401 in chips) 

Seat 6: george-gr (3276 in chips) 

Seat 7: ekta124 (4198 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (8478 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 9: shurikenstar (6186 in chips) (SB)

HERO: [Kc 3d Ac Ks]

Action

There is a limper from early position, Hero raises to 320 from the small blind, and the limper calls.

*** FLOP *** [4d 6c 6s] 

Hero bets 720, the limper moves all-in for 2,685, and Hero calls. 

*** TURN *** [4d 6c 6s] [Kh]

*** RIVER *** [4d 6c 6s Kh] [Ts]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

shurikenstar: shows [Kc 3d Ac Ks] (HI: a full house, Kings full of Sixes)

wobbegong: shows [5h 8d 6d Ah] (HI: three of a kind, Sixes)

shurikenstar collected 6090 from pot

No low hand qualified

Lee: Should I have called the all-in on the flop?

Matt Ashton: Pre-flop, you have a very strong hand the shallower stacks get. The strong high equity, along with A3, is probably underrated by most beginning players.

This hand is much stronger than the AJ24 from before. Might seem pedantic, but raising pot should be your only size here too. You have to get as many chips in as possible with your stronger range.

You definitely can't be folding the flop to any action with these stack sizes. You could make an argument for betting smaller, to get a better price on some hands you might want to bet/fold, but this is fine too.

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Hand #6

Blinds 40/80

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (1898 in chips) 

Seat 2: KruCciAll (2475 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 3: tabaza1 (5517 in chips) (SB)

Seat 4: AlexMillers (5241 in chips) (BB)

Seat 5: ionbv15 (3799 in chips) 

Seat 6: george-gr (3116 in chips) 

Seat 7: ekta124 (4478 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (8478 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (9271 in chips) 

HERO:  [As 2h 7s Jd]

Action

There are two limpers before Hero raises to 440 in position. The big blind and the two limpers all call.

*** FLOP *** [Js 4s Ah]

Hero bets 1,800 and everyone folds.

Lee: I flop top two pair and bet pot. Once again I am trying to get low draws to fold and I am not sure about this play. I am also interested in the thoughts of my starting hand in terms of the strength of the deuce and seven in my hand.

Matt Ashton: I think too much weight is put into the A2 part of the holding, and not the whole hand itself. Equity for the high part of the pot isn't considered heavily enough.

Broadway cards to go along with the A2 are more valuable than a 6-8, and even more valuable than a 3-5 when stacks get shorter. Here you have a nut suit, which helps a lot, but the seven doesn't help much. The jack is decent but a queen or king kicker is better.

I think I would prefer a limp behind if I was playing with strong players. If people are limping with some very bad hands in front of you, then the raise is fine.

On the flop there's no way you can bet/fold this flop four ways so you might as well always bet the pot and make sure you don't give anyone a better price to just flat call and see a turn. 

Hand #7

Blinds: 40/80

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (1898 in chips) 

Seat 2: KruCciAll (2475 in chips) 

Seat 3: tabaza1 (5657 in chips) 

Seat 4: AlexMillers (4600 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 5: ionbv15 (3719 in chips) (SB)

Seat 6: george-gr (2857 in chips) (BB)

Seat 7: ekta124 (4038 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (8398 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (10631 in chips) 

HERO: [Qs 2c Ks 3d]

Action

Hero opens to 240 and both the button and big blind make the call.

*** FLOP *** [9d 9s 5d]

The action checks to Hero, who bets 410; only the button calls.

*** TURN *** [9d 9s 5d] [5c]

Both players check.

*** RIVER *** [9d 9s 5d 5c] [5s]

Hero bets 1,200, the button raises to 2,400 and Hero folds.

Lee: Do you fold to the river raise, and what is your opinion on my starting hand and starting hands without aces in general?

Matt Ashton: I would fold the river. Quads is a believable story for him and he could even bluff a better hand than yours.

From early position it’s very rare you should open a hand without an ace. This hand is certainly too weak unless you can expect to win the pot pre-flop a very high frequency.

Hand #8

Blinds: 50/100

Seat 1: PinnacleUa (1898 in chips) 

Seat 2: KruCciAll (2475 in chips) 

Seat 3: tabaza1 (5657 in chips) 

Seat 5: ionbv15 (2579 in chips) 

Seat 6: george-gr (3892 in chips) 

Seat 7: ekta124 (5138 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (8098 in chips) (SB)

Seat 9: shurikenstar (7806 in chips) (BB)

HERO: [Ks 6h 8s Jh]

Action

The player in first position raises to 350 and there are two callers before Hero completes in the big blind.

** FLOP *** [8h 9d 8d]

Everyone checks.

*** TURN *** [8h 9d 8d] [Jd]

Hero leads for 890, the initial raiser moves all-in for 1,548 and only Hero calls. 

*** RIVER *** [8h 9d 8d Jd] [3s]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

shurikenstar: shows [Ks 6h 8s Jh] (HI: a full house, Eights full of Jacks)

PinnacleUa: shows [6s 2d Ad Ah] (HI: a flush, Ace high)

shurikenstar collected 4546 from pot

No low hand qualified

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Lee:  Should I have made the call pre-flop?

Matt Ashton: You have to be a lot tighter from the big blind in PLO8 than other big bet games. The reverse implied odds with non-nut hands really kills your playability.

Even if the flop is something like 4d5d7c here and you face a pot-sized bet you’re in a bad spot, effectively drawing at half the pot, hoping they're not free rolling.

You don't get to realize a lot of your equity in this game with non-nut hands because you get semi-bluffed off your hand so often. As played I would make a small bet on the flop. You'd really like to pick the pot up now before the board develops any further.

Hand #9

Blinds: 60/120

Seat 1: skyllasoll (6853 in chips) (SB)

Seat 2: KruCciAll (3140 in chips) (BB)

Seat 3: tabaza1 (4829 in chips) 

Seat 4: vasandr62 (5521 in chips) 

Seat 5: Andrew0208 (4271 in chips) 

Seat 6: george-gr (7217 in chips) 

Seat 7: ekta124 (5348 in chips) 

Seat 8: mr omaha3500 (5824 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (10189 in chips) (OTB)

HERO: [2d Ac 7c 6d]

Action

There is a limp under the gun and one caller before Hero raises to 660 on the button. The initial limper calls, the second limper raises to 2,820, I raise to 9,300 and am all-in. Both players (who I cover) also call. 

*** FLOP *** [Qh Qd 4c]

*** TURN *** [Qh Qd 4c] [4s]

*** RIVER *** [Qh Qd 4c 4s] [7d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

ekta124: shows [Ah 3d Td 2c] (HI: a pair of Queens)

shurikenstar: shows [2d Ac 7c 6d] (HI: two pair, Queens and Sevens)

shurikenstar collected 1038 from side pot

tabaza1: shows [6c 8h 7h 9h] (HI: two pair, Queens and Sevens - lower kicker)

shurikenstar collected 14667 from main pot

No low hand qualified

Lee Davy: Here's another example of me going a little crazy with an A2 in my hand and a decent stack.

Matt Ashton: You are double suited, so equity is decent, but at the same time you get more value seeing a flop with deeper stacks. If tight players had limped I'd just limp as well.

In this tournament I'd probably pot it the first time round and probably just call the second time. Any flop with three high cards without your flush draw, and your equity, is negligible and you can save some money.

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Hand #10

Blinds: 80/160

Seat 1: vanjjke (3300 in chips) (SB)

Seat 2: mimarosfil (7640 in chips) is sitting out (BB)

Seat 3: billygstar (5977 in chips) 

Seat 4: Rookiend (4523 in chips) 

Seat 5: Alienatu (5885 in chips) 

Seat 6: onlythistime (4006 in chips) 

Seat 7: sligoasassin (5982 in chips) 

Seat 8: Joe Lutz (2163 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (21286 in chips) (OTB)

HERO: [Ts 8s 3c Ah]

Action

Villain opens to 320 in mid position and Hero flats from the button.

*** FLOP *** [7d 2s 4c]

Villain c-bets for 484, Hero raises to 2,332, Villain moves all-in for 5,565 and Hero calls.

*** TURN *** [7d 2s 4c] [Qh]

*** RIVER *** [7d 2s 4c Qh] [Jc]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

Alienatu: shows [Ac 8d Ad 7c] (HI: a pair of Aces; LO: 8,7,4,2,A)

shurikenstar: shows [Ts 8s 3c Ah] (HI: high card Ace; LO: 7,4,3,2,A)

Alienatu collected 6005 from pot

shurikenstar collected 6005 from pot

Lee Davy: I only call pre-flop because of my position. Is this too loose an open? Also, what are your comments regarding my bet sizing on the flop?

Matt Ashton: Without a nut suit I think it's too loose pre flop. I don't think you're ever supposed to raise/fold this flop so pot is the right size if you raise - and I would.

With it being a split pot game, and hands in both directions often being too strong to fold, the money just needs to go in very often.

Hand #11

Blinds: 100/200

Seat 1: vanjjke (3520 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 2: stfc_nuts (3710 in chips) (SB)

Seat 3: billygstar (6617 in chips) (BB)

Seat 4: Rookiend (4233 in chips) 

Seat 5: Alienatu (4485 in chips) 

Seat 6: onlythistime (4206 in chips) 

Seat 7: sligoasassin (6467 in chips) 

Seat 8: Joe Lutz (1653 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (22381 in chips) 

HERO:[Qh Kc Tc 7h]

Action

Hero opens to 400 in the cutoff and Villain calls from the small blind.

*** FLOP *** [5s 2c Ah]

Hero bets 560 once checked to and villain folds.

Lee Davy: I included this hand because, up until this point, I had not played these types of hands. By this point in the tournament my stack was growing, as was my confidence, and I started playing very loose.

Matt Ashton: I like this open if the blinds are folding a lot. Stealing wide from late position works well and you can open up a lot from both button and cutoff.

This hand might be good to open in most situations from the cutoff.

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Hand #12

Blinds: 100/200 

Seat 1: vanjjke (3520 in chips) 

Seat 2: stfc_nuts (3310 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 3: billygstar (6417 in chips) (SB)

Seat 4: Rookiend (4233 in chips) (BB)

Seat 5: Alienatu (4485 in chips) 

Seat 6: onlythistime (4206 in chips) 

Seat 7: sligoasassin (6467 in chips) 

Seat 8: Joe Lutz (1653 in chips) 

Seat 9: shurikenstar (22981 in chips) 

HERO: [Ad Ks 3s 6s]

Action

Villain limps into the pot from early position, Hero raises to 900 from the hijack and Villain calls.

*** FLOP *** [9c As 9d]

Hero takes it down with an uncontested 750 bet.

Lee Davy: I was raising to isolate a weak player and play in position but is my hand too weak? And are there too many players to act behind me?

Matt Ashton: The king kicker adds a lot of value to this hand and with most stack sizes being around 17-20bb's this hand's value goes up a lot.

That said, unless you know the limper is playing a lot of junky hands you're not much better than 50% against his range and anyone else coming into the pot is bad news; so I think it’s a fold without a read the original limper is playing too loose.

As played, I like that you bet smaller on the flop than other times and could probably go even smaller too - around 1/5 pot.

Hand #13

Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Seat 1: flobadobweed (40101 in chips) 

Seat 2: HarryThe RAT (20477 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 3: shurikenstar (185875 in chips) (SB)

Seat 4: Agggrrhhh (26862 in chips) (BB)

Seat 5: PJB_ACES (8446 in chips) 

Seat 6: Spiewi 67 (64548 in chips) 

Seat 7: zebra re (81919 in chips) 

Seat 8: ramvas (14290 in chips) 

Seat 9: lotse17 (36709 in chips) 

HERO: [5d 3s 3h 2c]

Action

Villain raises to 7,000 from the cutoff and Hero calls from the small blind.

*** FLOP *** [Qc 3c Ah]

Hero checks, Villain bets 16,000, Hero check-raises to 64,000, Villain calls and is all-in.

*** TURN *** [Qc 3c Ah] [4h]

*** RIVER *** [Qc 3c Ah 4h] [4d]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

shurikenstar: shows [5d 3s 3h 2c] (HI: a full house, Threes full of Fours; LO: 5,4,3,2,A)

flobadobweed: shows [Td Kc 7s As] (HI: two pair, Aces and Fours)

shurikenstar collected 41101 from pot

Lee Davy: Your thoughts on me getting it in on the flop?

Matt Ashton: Firstly, you have made a really big mistake pre-flop. This is a very bad hand and one that is over rated by so many players.

2345 would be a fold as well. These hands need big implied odds and preferably multiway pots.

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Hand #14

Blinds: 1,000/2,000

Seat 2: HarryThe RAT (18477 in chips) 

Seat 3: shurikenstar (226976 in chips) 

Seat 4: Agggrrhhh (21862 in chips) 

Seat 5: PJB_ACES (9946 in chips) 

Seat 6: Spiewi 67 (60548 in chips) 

Seat 7: zebra re (89419 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 8: ramvas (15290 in chips) (SB)

Seat 9: lotse17 (36709 in chips) (BB)

HERO: [4h Kh 5s As]

Action

Hero opens to 4,000 in early position, Villain raises to 9,946 from the hijack and is all-in; the big blind calls, Hero re-raises to 40,784 and the big blind calls and is also all-in.

*** FLOP *** [5h 2c Qd]

*** TURN *** [5h 2c Qd] [7s]

*** RIVER *** [5h 2c Qd 7s] [4c]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

lotse17: shows [Ad 5c 2s Td] (HI: two pair, Fives and Deuces; LO: 7,5,4,2,A)

shurikenstar: shows [4h Kh 5s As] (HI: two pair, Fives and Fours; LO: 7,5,4,2,A)

shurikenstar collected 26763 from side pot

lotse17 collected 13382 from side pot

shurikenstar collected 13381 from side pot

PJB_ACES: shows [2d 8d Jd Ac] (HI: a pair of Deuces; LO: 7,5,4,2,A)

shurikenstar collected 15419 from main pot

lotse17 collected 5140 from main pot

shurikenstar collected 5140 from main pot

PJB_ACES collected 5139 from main pot

Lee Davy: I assume that this move is way too loose?

Matt Ashton: This might be an underrated hand; easy open from every position and easy shove after the action that followed.

Against their exact hands you had 45% equity here (very favorable scenario). Against two random top 10% hands you are still 33%. Don't underestimate the importance of high equity.

Hand #15

Blinds: 1,250/2,500

Seat 2: HarryThe RAT (35836 in chips) (BB)

Seat 3: shurikenstar (215721 in chips) 

Seat 5: PJB_ACES (7146 in chips) 

Seat 6: Spiewi 67 (57298 in chips) 

Seat 7: zebra re (94280 in chips) 

Seat 8: ramvas (27830 in chips) is sitting out (OTB)

Seat 9: lotse17 (41116 in chips) (SB)

HERO: [Kc Qc Ah Jh] 

Action

Hero raises to 5,000 from under the gun and the Villain calls in the big blind. The action checks through to the river on [As] [5h] [4s] [5s] [5c], and the pot is split, with Villain showing [Kd] [7d] [6c] [3s] for the six lo. Hero takes the high with trip fives and an ace kicker.

Lee Davy: Once again I am opening up every hand because I have the big stack. In this instance I don’t even have a qualifying low possibility and am under the gun. Is this a big mistake?

Matt Ashton: Not really sure how people are adjusting to this stage of the tournament. Normally people tighten up and I’d happily open this.

I don't think it can ever be that bad. In a cash game I would limp; I would c-bet flop small to try and fold out any kind of A3 wheel draw type hand he might have.

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Hand #16

Blinds: 1,500/3,000

Seat 2: HarryThe RAT (57422 in chips) 

Seat 3: shurikenstar (253096 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 6: Spiewi 67 (25548 in chips) (SB)

Seat 7: zebra re (71319 in chips) (BB)

Seat 8: ramvas (19580 in chips) is sitting out

Seat 9: lotse17 (52262 in chips) 

HERO: [Ks Jh Ts Kc]

Action

Hero opens to 6,000 on the button, Villain raises to 19,500 from the big blind and Hero calls.

*** FLOP *** [Jd 9s 6d]

Both players check. 

*** TURN *** [Jd 9s 6d] [8s]

Villain leads for 40,500 and Hero calls.

*** RIVER *** [Jd 9s 6d 8s] [2c]

Villain bets 11,319 and is all-in; Hero calls.

*** SHOW DOWN ***

zebra re: shows [6h 2s 8h Ah] (HI: two pair, Eights and Sixes)

shurikenstar: shows [Ks Jh Ts Kc] (HI: a pair of Kings)

zebra re collected 144138 from pot

No low hand qualified

Lee Davy: I hate everything about this hand.

Matt Ashton: Pre-flop is good and should never be played differently. Checking back the flop is a big mistake.

This is a really bad flop for the raiser and you have a strong but vulnerable hand - you must pot it here. You might as well get it in on the turn too.

Hand #17

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Seat 1: vental111 (30714 in chips) 

Seat 2: HarryThe RAT (48422 in chips) 

Seat 3: shurikenstar (197777 in chips) (OTB)

Seat 4: edmar018 (60315 in chips) (SB)

Seat 5: Garmon1983 (35996 in chips) (BB)

Seat 6: Spiewi 67 (13548 in chips) 

Seat 7: zebra re (142638 in chips) 

Seat 9: lotse17 (56762 in chips) 

HERO: [Kc Ah 3s Qs]

Action

Villain moves all-in for 13,548 under the gun, the cutoff calls, Hero raises to 60,192 from the button, cutoff calls and is all-in.

*** FLOP *** [8s 9h Kh]

*** TURN *** [8s 9h Kh] [3h]

*** RIVER *** [8s 9h Kh 3h] [Td]

*** SHOW DOWN ***

HarryThe RAT: shows [Qc 4h 2d Ac] (HI: high card Ace)

shurikenstar: shows [Kc Ah 3s Qs] (HI: two pair, Kings and Threes)

shurikenstar collected 69748 from side pot

Spiewi 67: shows [4c As Ks Ad] (HI: a pair of Aces)

shurikenstar collected 46644 from main pot

No low hand qualified

Lee Davy: Was this play too loose?

Matt Ashton: This hand is very standard. Even without the nut suit I’d expect to be getting my money in good here and be ahead of both their ranges.

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Hand #18

Blinds: 2,500/5,000

Seat 1: vental111 (158148 in chips) 

Seat 2: sligoasassin (30756 in chips) 

Seat 3: shurikenstar (285991 in chips) (OTB) 

Seat 4: edmar018 (55315 in chips) (SB)

Seat 5: heriot (188850 in chips) (BB)

Seat 6: Alienatu (117728 in chips) 

Seat 7: zebra re (88170 in chips) 

Seat 8: AABLACKie (50104 in chips) 

Seat 9: KruCciAll (71938 in chips) 

Hero: [4d Qs 6h Jc]

Action 

Hero raises to 10,000 on the button and Villain calls in the big blind.

*** FLOP *** [5d Qc 7s] 

Villain check-calls a 13,500 c-bet from Hero.

*** TURN *** [5d Qc 7s] [As]

Both players check.

*** RIVER *** [5d Qc 7s As] [Jd]

Villain leads for 49,500 and Hero calls.

*** SHOW DOWN ***

heriot: shows [Jh Qd 6c 3c] (HI: two pair, Queens and Jacks; LO: 7,6,5,3,A)

shurikenstar: shows [4d Qs 6h Jc] (HI: two pair, Queens and Jacks; LO: 7,6,5,4,A)

heriot collected 37125 from pot

shurikenstar collected 37125 from pot

heriot collected 74250 from pot

Lee Davy: This is a major leak for me. I know that if I call on the river I am likely to only pick up a quarter of the pot, but I don’t understand the math in these situations.

Matt Ashton: I'd play it the same. While you're virtually never scooping yourself it’s also really hard for you to be scooped on the river.

There are not many hands that have you in both directions. In situations where you're very confident you're only getting 1/4 of the pot (usually nut low vs. nut low), you need to make some folds but this is definitely not one of those spots.

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