Thursday, January 29, 2009


today i didnt have much time so i played 1.15$ plo SnG again. either i'm too damn lucky or omaha is indeed "more skill less luck" :)
4 of us left:
guy on my left with 7470 chips, i'm with 4895 chips guy on my right with 405chips, guy next to him with 730chips. we(deep stacks) have position on short stacks, so they started to fold every hand..half an hour of that exciting "stack-the-donk" game and 3 of us left:
guy on my left with 7995(deep stack has position on me..grrr!), guy on my right with 1015chips and me with 4490(i think i was simply folding every hand). we're in the money! obviously we stacked that dude and now we're heads-up!
he has 7045 and i have 6455. now thats where i suck. i have absolutely no clue how to play heads-up..let alone heads-up omaha. after about 20mins of stupid check-raise-fold he had 5270 and i had 8230 and i was bored to death so i started pushing(and losing chips obviously) because i just wanted to quite and i didnt care about that extra dollar i could have won. here's how i lost everything:

Hero (BTN/SB): t6655 M = 29.58
BB: t6845 M = 30.42

Pre Flop: (t225) Hero is BTN/SB with 33 of diamonds 66 of spades 66 of diamonds 88 of clubs
Hero raises to t450, BB calls t300

Flop: (t900) 77 of clubs 55 of spades AA of diamonds (2 players)
BB bets t450, Hero raises to t2250, BB raises to t6395 all in, Hero calls t3955 all in

Turn: (t13310) TT of diamonds (2 players - 2 are all in)

River: (t13310) 55 of hearts (2 players - 2 are all in)

Final Pot: t13310
Hero shows 33 of diamonds 66 of spades 66 of diamonds 88 of clubs (two pair, Sixes and Fives)
BB shows AA of spades 66 of hearts 88 of diamonds TT of hearts (two pair, Aces and Tens)
BB wins t13310

bad play but not a terrible play. but it made me think that probably i have bigger potential in PLO than in NLHE. and average PLO player(at my stakes) is much weaker than average NLHE player. also i may try omaha hi/lo and re-evaluate my goals.

i don't have "Poker Essays" by Mason Malmuth but here's a quote from Jeff Hwang's book:

"the benifit of omaha hi/lo being a relatively low-volatility game is that it doesn't require as much of a bankroll to play it. In Poker Essays", Mason Malmuth approximates bankroll requirements for a variety of poker games at various stakes. Malmuth says that an "ok" player needs only $2500 bankroll to play $10/$20 limit omaha hi/lo, while "good" player needs a $1500 bankroll, and a "great" player only needs a $1300 bankroll. In contrast, Malmuth suggests players of the same skill level require $8000,$4900 and $3900 bankrolls respectively to play $10/$29 limit hold'em"

also there are some juicy omaha MTTs like $11BI $2000 guaranteed. now there are 324 participants, 54 paid places. 1st place is $623.7, 46th-54th are $16.2

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