omaha and study journal

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omaha and study journal

As an introduction, I am presently grinding PLO $50 and PLO $100, and looking to move up to PLO $200. I just subscribed to PLO Elite and Vision, and so my study plan is to use the vision tool and watch the videos. I'd like to aim for several hours of study each day, as well as many long hours of play also.

Just finished a great session. I ended up losing $70, but generated a lot of expected value. Only 430 hands in the session, it ended organically, with the games going from great to only so so. Anyway I have a ton of studying to catch up on. One thing I've been doing is marking preflop spots where I'm not sure what the best play is, and there are a ton of them. So I want to go over them in vision. In terms of focused studying I want to approach RFI first until I am satisfied with that then move on to the more complicated situations. This hand was interesting, I definitely want to go over it in vision.

IPoker, $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 6 Players
Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

Hero (SB): $195.09 (195.1 bb)
BB: $144.65 (144.7 bb)
UTG: $85 (85 bb)
MP: $138.90 (138.9 bb)
CO: $46.53 (46.5 bb)
BTN: $100 (100 bb)

Preflop: Hero is SB with Ad As 8h Ts
CO posts BB OOP, UTG folds, MP raises to $5, CO calls $4, BTN folds, Hero raises to $21.50, BB folds, MP calls $16.50, CO calls $16.50

So just right away we are 140 bb deep. Actually you'll note CO's stack sizes, so MP is in quite a horrible situation here, since CO can re-open by jamming and he is an extremely aggressive / erratic player, or at least he can be. When we played heads up he was just pure over the top in your face aggression, but then as soon as the game got three handed that changed. None the less he is still capable of some wild plays. Extremely loose also, calling 9432 in sb vs button open.

Anyway, the point I wanted to address was how does the greater stack depth affect our three betting range. These aces are quite premium and I guess should be always three bet. In this spot we are generating an SPR of 2. MP is also quite a liberal raiser. It is difficult to say exactly how wide he is opening, because I think a lot of my play with him is really short handed, so his 94/48 stats don't tell the whole story of his six max play. I guess that doesn't matter very much, because AAT8 one suit has virtually the same equity against a 10% range as it does against a 50% range as it does against an 80% range.

Flop: ($66) 9s Qh 7h (3 players)
Hero bets $26.17, MP calls $26.17, CO folds

Here with overpair + backdoor nut flush draw + OE + 8h blocker it wants me to pot it. We do a decent amount of betting small, the strategy is quite complex. If I look at 50 bb stacks since the SPR is much closer to 2 than 3.5 it just wants me to pot it, and we are mostly potting at that point. So the larger SPR the more sophisticated our strategy, whereas at lower SPR we are just potting it to try to capture as much of the pot as we can.

At the time I thought we had a pretty big range advantage. Actually we do have a range advantage on this flop, around 55/45 if I am working poker juice correctly. And we are 61/38 with our hand against their range (giving them a top 50% range). So anyway, the key take away here is SPR is low, we have a range advantage, our hand has an advantage against their range, rip it in.

Turn: ($118.34) 5c (2 players)
Hero bets $114.34, MP calls $91.23 and is all-in

The 5c is more them than us, but we are still slightly ahead with our hand vs their range. Although perhaps not against their continuing range on the flop.

River: ($300.80) 8c (2 players, 1 is all-in)

Results: $300.80 pot ($4 rake)
Final Board: 9s Qh 7h 5c 8c
Hero mucked Ad As 8h Ts and lost (-$138.90 net)
MP showed Ah Jc Th 4h and won $296.80 ($157.90 net)

IPoker, $0.50/$1 Pot Limit Omaha Cash, 6 Players
Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

SB: $102.13 (102.1 bb)
BB: $98.50 (98.5 bb)
Hero (UTG): $93 (93 bb)
MP: $179.98 (180 bb)
CO: $131.12 (131.1 bb)
BTN: $99.50 (99.5 bb)

Preflop: Hero is UTG with 2d Qc Ad Jc
Hero raises to $3.50, 3 folds, SB raises to $11.50, BB folds, Hero calls $8

Here SB is supposed to flat 4% and three bet 5%. Flatting a lot of broadway hands (notably with three of a suit, mixing single suited, folding rainbow), flatting some rundowns, some double pairs some AKJ ds hands. Three betting mostly double suited broadway hands, aces, some double suited double pairs.

Flop: ($24) Qh Ts 2s (2 players)
SB bets $17.10, Hero calls $17.10

SB continues with a large sizing. Vision wants to mix checking and betting 50%. Villain shouldn't have his combo, but it looks like he is right to bet it. He has decent blockers with the 99. If we look at a similar spot, on a J82 flop, most 77 flush draw hands are betting. And he has a weak flush draw so more incentive to bluff with it. SPR is still 4. Our hand looks to be a pure call, whether villain bets half pot or full pot. We have pretty good visibility, and villain is probably going to put some money in on most of our turns. We get a dramatic equity spike on low bricks (and of course if we fill up or hit a straight), and in position SPR 1 villain is going to pot into us with virtually all of his range. We won't be able to play perfectly, and may end up getting bluffed out of some turns but over all I think call is clear. Anyway villain's range is 50% aces and 12.3% kings so we can pretty safely fold an 8 turn.

We are actually supposed to pot a spade turn if villain bets small into us (mixed actually, we do some calling). We are also supposed to call a turn pot on a flush card. We have to defend half our range vs pot I guess, so we call top pair and sets, as well as flushes, and fold all of our straight draws, bottom two, one pair etc.

Turn: ($58.20) Kh (2 players)
SB bets $55.29, Hero raises to $64.40 and is all-in, SB calls $9.11

River: ($187.00) Ks (2 players, 1 is all-in)

Results: $187.00 pot ($4.00 rake)
Final Board: Qh Ts 2s Kh Ks
SB showed 9d 7s 5c 9s and won $183 ($90 net)
Hero mucked 2d Qc Ad Jc and lost (-$93 net)

So I did take note of villain three betting this hand. PPT ranks it in the 30th percentile. If we give villain a 35% range now we have a slight equity advantage pre, and jump way ahead on this flop, 65/35. So if we look at a somewhat analogous situation, UTG vs BB defend in 50 bb stacks (SPR 6 here instead of 4) we see a mixed strategy from UTG. We do have an equity advantage, 56/43 using first in 15 and 35% range for villain.

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